barbara_degrote.jpgBarbara DeGrote

English/Language Arts

bdegrote@blueskyschool.org

Where do you live?

I recently moved into a condo in Minneapolis. Moving to the Twin Cities from a small rural town greatly improved my driving - especially on the on-ramps! Music, art, parks and sports - it's all here! Did you know Minneapolis has the second highest number of bicycle commuters?

Why did you become a teacher?

Something called to me. Teaching brings together all the elements that bring me joy: connecting, learning, observing, responding.

Working with students in an online environment allows for individual attention at a new level. No one gets lost in the cracks here.

Why did you choose BlueSky?

BlueSky is progressive. It's where education is moving. I just wanted to get there first. At BlueSky, I've been allowed to be creative, innovative, and techie at the same time. It's the perfect work environment although I do miss the live class discussions. Watch for me in the forums!

What do you think makes BlueSky special?

Working with students in an online environment allows for individual attention at a new level. No one gets lost in the cracks here. Online learning allows for each student to get their educational needs met as soon as they hit the “send” button.

I appreciate the investment BlueSky makes to each student through its three-person team approach. We create a safety net here. If we don't hear from a student in a while, we go looking.

What do you like to do when you're not teaching?

On my “off days” I like to walk (and pathetically run) around Lake Harriet. I'm also fixing up my condo with some "home projects". It I need to get out of the house, I go to the Arboretum or the Minnesota Institute of Art and check out the mummy!

If there were one thing you could tell people about BlueSky, what would it be?

If a student wants to move forward, they can do it here. If they're stuck, we walk with them. If the time is not right, the door stays open. We make a commitment to each student whether they are ready to commit or not.

Education

  • B.A., Music and English, Concordia College, Moorhead
  • Rainier Writing Workshop, Pacific Lutheran College, Tacoma, Washington
  • Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Creative Writing from Pacific Lutheran University Tacoma, Washington.