Barbara Burri was hired as a full-time faculty member in August 1985 and retired in June 1996, after 21 years of accomplished service. Upon her retirement, she was granted Emeritus status.
During her tenure as lead faculty member in the Early Childhood Development program, Barbara instituted numerous curriculum and program improvements. She supervised the process for meeting regulations and obtaining a licensing for the Child Development Lab from the California Department of Social Services. She expanded course offerings and early childhood studies from 17 to 25 by encouraging adjunct faculty to develop courses in their area of expertise. Barbara revamped the early childhood studies major to facilitate student completion of associate of arts degree and transfer to four-year colleges by allowing one choice among required courses and more flexibility in completing lab hours. She also introduced an early evening practicum to enable employed early childhood studies students to complete their practice teaching in the child development lab.
Barbara was actively involved in the college beyond her department work. She initiated interdepartmental collaborative efforts with the art department to add the lab facilities, outdoor playhouse and a front yard fence bolt designed by students in the art department. She participated in statewide grant programs to improve the quality of teaching for young children’s programs such as the Child Development Training Consortium, California, Mentor Teacher program and Foster Parent Training Grants. Barbara also served on the Financial Aid, Staff Development, Cultural Diversity and Mission and Goals Committees.
Barbara is remembered for her tireless advocacy for strong early childhood education and development programs and her strong support of the community college mission.