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Mrs. Catherine Barton is a member of the mathematics department and a proud graduate of Fontbonne Hall. After graduation she attended St. Joseph’s College where she majored in mathematics and minored in secondary education. Her first teaching position was at St.Edmund’s high school. After one year she went to Our Lady of Perpetual Help high school where she taught for sixteen years. During that time she pursued a master’s degree in math education from St. John’s University. After staying at home to raise three children she returned
“home” accepting a teaching position at her alma mater, Fontbonne. For the last 22 years she has taught all levels of math including algebra, geometry, trigonometry, pre-calculus and calculus. She also served many years helping to create the school schedule. Recently she has assumed the role of Coordinator of Student Affairs. One of its responsibilities includes overseeing student detention. A typical day for Mrs. Barton starts at 7:15 where she can be found in the cafeteria overseeing students who come early for breakfast. But from her perspective more importantly, it's where she can provide math help for any student who needs it. At 2:45, after a regular day of teaching, she can be found in room 101 where she moderates detention and offers extra help to any students who need math assistance.
When not working at Fontbonne she enjoys spending time with the loves of her life … her 4 grandchildren. She also coordinates a Baptism program in her parish church, St. Patrick’s. Looking back at her years teaching at Fontbonne she recalls how good she feels when a struggling student masters a topic. As she reflects on teaching helping a student succeed is what it’s all about. Even after all the time she has spent teaching she is happy to be able to say that she has never regretted dedicating her life to a career that helps prepare young women for their futures.