Mary Barela

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Greetings, Preston friends! I teach 8th grade U.S. History at Preston Middle School and I LOVE MY JOB! Before working at Preston, I spent 16 years at Tavelli Elementary and taught multiple grade levels during that time. When PSD moved to the middle school model in 2009, I moved up with the 6th graders and have enjoyed a renewed passion for education ever since. I believe strongly that student success in school is tied to positive relationships with teachers and peers. I want my students to know I care about them and that learning history content takes a backseat to building confidence as learners. In my classroom, I spend time encouraging the skills that will benefit students in high school and beyond: using time well, staying organized, keeping a planner, working well in a group, self-advocacy, etc.
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My husband and I are both products of Poudre School District, having graduated from Rocky and Poudre. We have two boys who keep us very busy with sports and family activities.
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Remind:  I use a texting app for reminders about homework as well as an occasional "fun fact" text related to History class.  To sign up, text @barela2018 to 81010.

Google Classroom:  Not all but most class activities and assignments will be shared via Google Classroom.  A new feature this year is guardian access.  If any parents would like access to our G-Class, it happens on an individual basis.  If you are interested or have questions, send me an email ( and we'll make it happen.