Wendy Barclay: Science Teacher

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Wendy joined the Paddington Team in the fall of 2015. She has a Ph.D. in cancer biology from Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Wendy grew up in a small town in North Carolina. After college, also at Wake Forest University, she moved around quite a bit from North Carolina to Colorado to Michigan and back to Colorado again. Wendy is happy to be back in Denver and enjoys reading, sports, traveling, and spending time with her husband and two daughters. She devotes her time at Paddington teaching science to all of our students.

 

After spending many years studying undergraduate and graduate cell biology and contributing to prostate cancer research, I decided to leave academic research and stay home to care for my two daughters.  During those years I think I enjoyed the mornings spent at museums, in music classes, and library programs just as much as my young daughters did.  My youngest daughter enjoyed a wonderful year at Paddington Station in the Peter Rabbit classroom.  I realized that year what a special place Paddington is for children and adults alike.  As they both entered elementary school, I realized that I needed to explore my own interest in science once again.

Our head of school, Deb Deverell, was instrumental in my realization that I could combine my love of science and my appreciation for broadening the minds and hearts of young children.  I so enjoy dreaming of a new science concept to explore with the students, finding great books to introduce concepts, and imagining fun ways to playfully bring those concepts to life.

I came to Paddington nearly three years ago because I was curious about sharing my love for science with young children and hopeful that I could help instill a playful attitude towards science that they could carry with them into elementary school and beyond. With each new school year, I have come to enjoy working with the students even more and have also increasingly appreciated the hard-working, intelligent and caring faculty.  It is a great pleasure to be a part of Paddington Station!