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Barney, Justin

¡Hola y bienvenidos! I was born and raised in Orange County, CA, and have been fortunate to call a variety of places home before recently settling down in Denver. I started my career in education as a MS and HS Spanish teacher after graduating from Valparaiso University. After eight years of teaching Spanish and coaching soccer in St. Louis and Phoenix, my wife and I took a leap of faith with our young daughters and pursued our lifelong dream of living in Latin America. In San Miguel de Allende, México, we served as volunteer coordinators at a school for the deaf. From there, we headed south to Heredia, Costa Rica, where I taught MS and HS English and social studies at a bilingual international school. During our time abroad, I also earned a M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in Equity, Ethics, & Justice from Concordia University. Upon returning to the US, I taught MS and HS English Language Development for a year in Arvada. After spending three years working with ELL’s, I am thrilled to return to the classroom as a Spanish teacher and join the learning community at McAuliffe International School. My wife, Brittany, also “plays for Team DPS” in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing program. In our free time, we enjoy watching documentaries, playing soccer, hiking, listening to hip-hop music, and wrestling with our three daughters (ages 6, 4, and 1).