Bethany BarkleyGR. 1 TEACHER

I joined the Tapestry community in 2019 as the Brilliant Birds lead teacher. I am so incredibly grateful to have found my home as part of this vibrant and supportive community. I have been teaching since 2008, with a majority of those years being in first grade. I absolutely love first grade because it is so rewarding to see the tremendous growth children make during this time!

I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Childhood Education and Master of Science in Education Degree in Literacy. Teaching children to read is one of my biggest passions in life-another HUGE reason why I love first grade! I also hold Early Childhood Education (Birth-2), Childhood Education (1-6) certification, Literacy (Birth-6) certification, and Students with Disabilities (1-6) certification. 

Outside the classroom, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Cole, and our two daughters, Grace and Ava. I am proud to live in Buffalo and am a huge Bills fan. In fact, I have been known to play the SHOUT song on Fridays during the season! I also enjoy cycling, traveling, reading, eating good food, and being outdoors!