To Whom It May Concern:
For the past three years Barbara Rabin has been my mentor, my colleague, and my friend. It is a great privilege to work so closely with such a talented teacher and exceptional individual. Working with, and learning from her, I have had innumerable opportunities to observe her at work in the classroom. The environment she creates is one of trust, kindness, honesty, and enthusiasm for life and learning.
Barbara’s vision, her ceaseless energy, and her own love of learning permeate all aspects of life at the Living Wisdom School in Palo Alto. It was by her ability as an educator, her training and experience, coupled with enormous dedication that this potential and goodness in every child, and in all of us, is vibrantly evident throughout the school.
Her genius in the classroom stems from her approach to life. She is curious, open-minded, and truly a student life. She possesses a seemingly endless body of knowledge that is not limited to the field of education. Barbara applies this knowledge with intuitive sensitivity and recognition of the uniqueness of each student. Her approach to teaching is one of respect and encouragement. It is not surprising that she brings out the best in each of her students. She is an exceptional teacher of young children and student teachers alike. Her influence on my approach to teaching, and to life, has been monumental and irrevocable.
There is no doubt in my mind that wherever Barbara is, she will continue to spread the seeds of transformation that she has sown over the years, in the lives of her many fortunate students.
Teacher, Living Wisdom School
November 15, 2010