INDIAN RIVER COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD, DISTRICT 4
35+ YEARS AS AN EDUCATOR
My name is Teri Barenborg, and I am currently serving on the School District of Indian River County’s School Board. My husband Ed and I have lived in Vero Beach since 1988. Our three children grew up here and all attended Dodgertown Elementary School, Gifford Middle School and all graduated from Vero Beach High School. After college, all three returned to this area, the place they love. I have taught at Dodgertown Elementary, was the Assistant Principal at Highlands Elementary (now Indian River Academy) and have served as a Science and STEAM Specialist and Principal in St. Lucie County. When I was a teacher in Indian River, I also coached the Varsity Girls’ Golf Team for Vero Beach High School while working on my master’s degree at Florida Atlantic University. I have volunteered for numerous organizations here in Indian River County as I believe in servant leadership.
Negotiating a pandemic has been an extreme challenge, one that I did not take lightly. Everyone became an expert in the data that supported their platform and making decisions that would keep children safe was the priority. My first moment of becoming a board member included taking an oath of office which included the statement, “I will support, protect, and defend the Constitution and Government of the United States and of the State of Florida.” I take oaths and commitments extremely seriously and as the issues over the last years caused the board to make tough decisions, I kept my oath in mind and continuously checked with the Governor’s office and Department of Education for how to proceed. I can honestly state that I followed the laws, including Executive Orders throughout this pandemic.
I will continue to respect my oath and to keep kids first. After a lot of reflection on whether I wanted to continue to serve in this seat, I realized that the mission is not complete. I ran for this office so I can be part of the change to see our district become one of the top five districts in the state for students to pursue their dreams. Change is an arduous process; it takes time and a commitment to the goals. My desire is to help lead this district to achieve these goals.
Please help me to continue to help the district stay the course for this needed change for our students. If you can send a donation to Teri Barenborg Campaign or click on the donation button on my website, please do, any support would be appreciated. Our campaign needs properties to place signs as well as volunteers. Thank you for your past support and hopefully, your continued support as I strive to help our district become one of the best in the state.
Continue to advance our school district to be within the top five of the state
Settle the Desegregation Order with the NAACP
Focus the district on the standards and policies that are in place
Redesign our schools to focus on skills that our students will need for their desired future
Expand choice programs, especially in the areas of STEAM, STEM and Career and Technical Education