“Every child deserves a champion: an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists they become the best they can possibly be.”
– Rita Pierson, Educator
Jacinda Barker embodies what Rita Pierson speaks of. Jacinda, mother of 3, works with special needs students in the Gilroy Unified School District. She is a mainstay at my children’s school and knows all the students by name. Her positive energy and smile follow her wherever she goes.
Most people wouldn’t know the things Jacinda does day in and day out because she never ever mutters an ounce of contempt or complaint. Last year I happened to sit next to her on the way home from a field trip to Monterey and as we started talking her beauty unravelled before me. Jacinda loves her job and her students. She believes in each one and does everything humanly possible to help them reach their potential. Her passion is contagious.
She is no different at home and you can see it in her children. Each of them exude their mother’s kind spirit. Jacinda also cares for her uncle who has been disabled since birth. He has lived with their family for the last ten years.
Presenting Jacinda with her gift yesterday was such a treat. Jacinda you are a love and I am inspired by how much time and effort you put into not only your own family but to other’s families as well. You work tirelessly to make such a difference in the lives of children and there is nothing that is more honorable than that.
Keep on keeping on sister!
The Cheer Squad.