Erica, aka Sra. Barba, joined the Sabot faculty in the fall of 2016 bringing more than a decade of teaching experience with her. Erica’s career as a Spanish teacher and curriculum specialist has included work with children from 3 years through high school age. She has encountered her youngest students as a World Language teacher and curriculum advisor to ENB Languages – a local, world language enrichment program. Erica worked with ENB while also teaching fulltime in elementary programs in both Chesterfield and Richmond Public Schools.
The middle school years were the focus of Erica’s work – for 2 years – at the ACS Doha International School in Doha, Qatar. While at ACS, Erica served as a Spanish teacher and as the Curriculum Coordinator for the Department of World Languages. ACS’ approach was based on the International Baccalaureate Program. Erica also implemented the IB program on the high school level at Richmond’s Thomas Jefferson High School.
Erica has earned her degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University (B.A. in Spanish) and University of Phoenix (M.A.Ed degree in Curriculum and Instruction).
Outside of her work at Sabot, Erica is actively involved in the Richmond community. She has led the Hispanic club at Redd Elementary and works with Richmond Public Schools’ Office of Family and Community Engagement (FACE) program, which “encourages family and community involvement through training, outreach, community collaboration, education and awareness to improve student achievement.”
Erica’s world view is informed by extensive travel. She has lived in Spain, Mexico, Paraguay, Poland, the United States, and Qatar. She has traveled North, Central, and South America; the Caribbean; Western and Central Europe; the Arabian Gulf; and northern Africa. Much of Erica’s undergraduate university years were spent abroad in both Spain and Mexico, and she received a certificate in Hispanic Studies from the University of Salamanca, Spain.