Ms. Barbara Allsopp


Middletown High School
Middletown, Delaware

In Barbara's 29 years in the classroom, she has taught general ed and special ed students across almost every grade level . She has also extended her desire to influence the lives of others outside the classroom through volunteer work at local charities, by mentoring inmates at a women's prison and by running for the Delaware State Senate. In 2005, Barbara's years of dedication were recognized when she was nominated for Teacher of the Year.

Who was your favorite teacher? Why?

The teacher that really stands out to me as I reflect on my education was Mrs. Allshouse. She never accepted any work below her high standard in high school English. In college, the teacher that stands out to me was Dr. Nagle who was very well versed in learning disabilities and gave me a greater insight in helping learning disabled students as I studied for my master's degree.

What are three things every teacher should own?

The three things every teacher should own are a love for the students, go the extra mile to encourage them to reach their potential and be open-minded to various ways to reach them.

If you could have any person (living, dead or fictional) as a principal, who would it be?

I can't really think of anyone in particular. At one point I had considered it myself.

What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt?

I thought being a lawyer would be interesting.

Describe your all-time favorite lesson/unit activity.

I like to show students that it is possible to achieve and offer them a choice of strategies to use. Students need strategies to make the content of the subject palapable to them.

What is the greatest misconception about teachers?

The greatest misconception is the summers off. Teachers put more hours in during the year beyond the school day in which they are not paid. They put in hours of grading, planning, meetings, professional development, tutoring students, advisor to clubs, calling parents, the list goes on.

What stereotype about teachers is true?

What is true about teachers is that they have an impact on the future generations. I don't think this is realized as much as it should be.

How did you know you wanted to be a teacher?

I selected it as a major in college, but it was solidified when I began taking the classes and learning the craft.

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