By Susan Hatem
Unis Middle School
She’s in the hallways, in the classroom, and always here when you need to find her. She’s a teacher as far as everyone knows. But has anyone taken the time to know who Ms. Barranger really is?
Does anyone now she was born and raised in Texas as an only child? Or that she used to write for a weekly newspaper and TV show? What about her husband’s death six years ago?
Ms. Barranger’s past leads up to her present.
“When I was a kid, my mother was a teacher, my dad was a teacher, and my great-grandmother was one of the first female principals in the state of Texas,” says Ms. Barranger. “My family always told me I was going to become a teacher, but I always said ‘No! I want to be a journalist!’”
But things change. After her husband died of pancreatic cancer, she went back to school and got her teaching degree.
“I was the oldest one in the class,” Ms. Barranger recalled. From her great-grandmother’s achievement to her husband’s tragic death, a lot of her past events led up to becoming a teacher. But Ms. Barranger’s entire life doesn’t revolve around teaching.
She lived in the country of Scotland for three years, where she had her one and only son, Nathan. During her time in Europe, Ms. Barranger worked for a charity organization called Oxfam, which has branches in more than 90 countries.
Now, Ms. Barranger lives in Michigan and teaches 7th grade language arts at Unis. Behind this language arts teacher is an amazing person who lived an interesting life leading up to her becoming a teacher.