Hello Room 16!
My name is Mrs. Barnes and I am so excited to be your teacher this year!  I am looking forward to such a successful year in 2nd grade!  Let me tell you a little about myself...
I was born and raised in Greenwood, Indiana having attended Center Grove schools my entire life.  After high school, I graduated from IUPUI with a degree in Event Management.  I then began my teaching program at Marian University where I received my Master's degree.  I taught 3rd grade at North Grove last year, and I am so excited to have my dream job of teaching 2nd grade at Maple Grove!  I'm looking forward to a long relationship with Center Grove schools!!
When I'm not teaching, you can find me running, reading, or spending time with family!  My husband, Neil, and I were married in June of 2010 and we welcomed our first son, Ladd, on October 18, 2011.  We are so excited to be parents and have had so much fun with our little guy!  He is a lot of fun to watch grow and learn!  We are also mom and dad to four dogs.  We have two Toy Fox Terriers - Kindiebelle and Raikkon, and two Greyhounds - Naraku and Miroku.  And of course, you can't forget our little goldfish!  It's definitely a packed house in the Barnes' household!
We love going to Lucas Oil Stadium and cheering on our Colts in the fall!  We also love enjoying the beautiful weather at Indians games during the summer!  And of course,  you can't forget the Indianapolis 500 - of which we live for every year!  May is definitely the best month of the year...especially for Neil! 
I am absolutely ecstatic about this school year and cannot wait to begin working with your children!  I am looking forward to learning so much from each of my students - as well as helping them extend their learning!
Mrs. Barnes
Ladd at 6 months