For 50-plus years of building relationships

The Classroom Teacher, winter 2014-15

Long-time TCTA member Barbara Yarbrough will soon receive just about the most enduring and appropriate recognition an educator can get — a school named in her honor.

The Midland ISD educator (and aunt of TCTA State President Terrill Littlejohn) whose career in education spans an incredible 55 years will soon see her name go up on the district’s new elementary school in west Midland, thanks to the Midland ISD Board of Trustees.

J.R. Silva, principal of South Elementary, where Yarbrough is the parent liaison, told the Midland Reporter-Telegram that she “has the rhythm of the community running in her veins. She knows the students extremely well and the parents. She’s a tremendous asset to MISD.”

Yarbrough began her career teaching at Midland’s Carver Junior-Senior High School more than half a century ago. For the past 40 years, she has been at South Elementary, where she has worked with three generations of students.

“It’s all about relationships,” Yarbrough says. “If you don’t develop a relationship with the children and then the parents, nothing happens. Children understand you have their best interest at heart.”