Teddy Barker

Teddy Barker

"Disciplined and Developed"
I started my Clairbourn experience eager to make friends and be a part of the community. Looking back on my first years at this school reminds me of how fortunate I am to have had such great friends and teachers in my first years.
I was soon introduced to interesting lessons and classes in my later elementary grades. I loved figuring out how to solve the toughest extra math worksheets. Also, the projects and activities in my third, fourth, and fifth grades made me the person I am now.

Another big part of my development here at Clairbourn was my middle school experience, the final chapter of my time at Clairbourn. I am very grateful for the guidance and teachings of my middle school teachers. I enjoyed the projects such as Project STAR, the Shakespeare play, and sports. I involved myself in all of the sports that Clairbourn provided and had great experiences with Mrs. Devasto and Mr. Ball. Being a part of CAST and performing in the Shakespeare plays was particularly wonderful for me. I’ll never forget the influence those middle school projects had on me, and I’ll continue to use the knowledge I acquired from them.

I loved participating in math contests and Olympiads. Mrs. Kibbe sure did get the engineering and designing part of me to flourish. Mrs. Taylor was a big part in my preparation for the workload and intensity of high school. Mrs. Corwin really got me talking and debating in her discussion based class. Sometimes I struggled with homework and some projects, but…those events would lead to my becoming the disciplined person I am today.

The class of 2016 is a very interesting and competitive class. All of the students in my grade are so enthusiastic and it has been a wonderful experience. As I enter my new high school, Maranatha, I will take away everything I have learned from Clairbourn. I will especially take away the five ethics we learn about and use them wherever I go in my life.

To the younger students…I advise you to stay focused, get your homework in, but most importantly believe in yourself and your capabilities. Do what you set your mind to. As Nikos Kazantzakis, a greek philosopher said, “In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.” I am truly grateful for my years at Clairbourn.
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