Founder’s Day: Remembering Dr. Barb

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Current head of school Kara Fulton Douglass shown here with her mother, Fulton School founder, Dr. Barbara Fulton.

This week at The Fulton School we celebrate Founder’s Day. It’s a chance to reflect beyond our mission to Dr. Barb’s intentions and legacy.

Her two biggest passions in her professional life were probably to provide an education that allowed students to move at their own rates and to teach kids to do the right thing no matter what.

The teachers and curriculum at Fulton are doing a fabulous job with personalized learning, but character is always a tricky thing to teach.  Always Go to the Funeral is an article I stumbled upon a few weeks ago that echoed Dr. Barb’s lectures and pleads.

In my humdrum life, the daily battle hasn’t been good versus evil. It’s hardly so epic. Most days, my real battle is doing good versus doing nothing.

Dr. Barb was the queen of initiative–doing something because you had the idea to improve things, not because anyone made you.  Push in your chair when you get up, write thank you notes for every gift you get, RSVP to everything you’re invited to, pick up trash on the parking lot at a building that you had nothing to do with, and always go to the funeral.  Enjoy some early spring inspiration as we carry on Dr. Barb’s legacy.

One Reply to “Founder’s Day: Remembering Dr. Barb”

  1. My family and I arrived in St. Louis late in 1981. On our first week we met Dr. Barb and after that meeting enrolled our two daughters in the St. Louis Montessori Academy. When our third daughter reached school age she joined Chesterfield Day School.
    They all finished their grade school under Dr. Barb direction and leadership.
    There is no doubt in my mind that all of them are much better persons as a result of those years.
    As for me, I benefited from her knowledge, her guidance, her leadership, her fortitude and her love.

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