Brief Bio: Marcy Barton
Hailing from a small town on Lake Erie, I put full-time retirement on hold to become the Head of School at Ventana in the fall of 2015. No stranger to Ventana, I started in 2012 as a Big Questions and Design Thinking professional development consultant; then, later became Ventana's Director of Curriculum.
My journey in the field of education began in 1969-70 after receiving my Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary & Kindergarten Education from the Pennsylvania State University. During my nearly 5 decades in the field, I have been a classroom teacher, nursery school director, a technology integration specialist, a writing process specialist, a public school and non-profit administrator, as well as a coach and speaker at Stanford University's Design Thinking Bootcamps for educators. Like most lifelong educators, my career has spanned the breadth of the United States; from Massachusetts, to Georgia and the deep south, to Tidewater Virginia, and now I call coastal California home.
Along the way I received a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in School Administration and Supervision from the College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, VA), and a second Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Instructional Technology from San Jose State. I have been honored to be chosen as a school district Teacher of the Year, as a Math Homework Television teacher, as a Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Scholar, and, most recently, as a member of Ventana’s delegation the North American Reggio Tour in Reggio Emilia, Italy. My passionate dedication to the cause of progressive education, induced me to become a founding member of the Creekside Learning Lab in Portola Valley (2012), where I continue to be active in curriculum development and programming.
After launching a private consultancy in 2012, ie21.org. LLC, and writing a two volume series of books on the “Integrated Exploratory” approach to education, as well as penning a teaching memoir chronicling my 45-year career, I was invited to present faculty professional development and expert talks in the areas of integrated curriculum and design thinking at conferences across the country and in Paris, France. I have acted as a curriculum consultant for three local start up tech and tinkering firms. I have been a BTSA coach for Ventana faculty, and currently serve on the Board of Proyecto Itzaes.
My life in education has been filled with the laughter and learning of children.