Picasso once said that it took him four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child. During our weekly art projects, Barbara would often quote one of her favorite artists to provide our young minds with creative inspiration. Barbara is one of those great teachers who will constantly drive us to be the very best versions of ourselves, while reminding us to be true to our inquisitive nature. She instilled within me the fascination with the vast depths of my own imagination, forever leading me on a path to constantly ponder the world. The free spirit and ability to love unconditionally, which Picasso referenced as being the distinct qualities of a child, is something I have retained to this day as a result of Barbara’s work as a teacher. Quite frankly, Barbara takes the definition of a ‘teacher’ to a whole new level. While transcending the mere qualifications of a teacher, she is also a spiritual and emotional guide. She constantly reminds her students of the endless capabilities of humanity, and more specifically the individuality of each and every single one of us. In doing so, she motivates children to succeed even in the face of adversity, while continuing to pursue their creative and intellectual passions.
Sahana Narayanan, Former student