Barbara Ellard Dziedzic is currently an educator at Arundel High School in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, where she is the lead teacher for Arundel High School’s Community Development and Global Citizenship Signature Program; the design, implementation, and evaluation of this program helps students cultivate 21st Century global competencies allowing them to be connected and competitive in their local community and global society. She is also an adjunct professor at Howard Community College where she works closely with the college’s Global Distinction program to integrate global learning into the classroom and build pathways between secondary and tertiary institutions. She blogs for the local Odenton Patch on topics related to international perspectives and global education.
Originally from Missouri, she received her BA from Carleton College in Minnesota in 2002, moved to the East Coast to volunteer at an AIDS hospice with the Jesuit Volunteer Corp, and began her teaching career in Baltimore City in 2003. As part of her graduate work in International Peace and Conflict Resolution at American University, in the summer of 2009 she worked as an Advocacy Project Peace Fellow in Nairobi, Kenya with the Undugu Society, a local NGO whose mission it is to empower marginalized children and youth. In her work, she taught youth in Kibera slum how to document their efforts for social change through photography, video, radio, and blogging. In 2012 she was selected to participate in Teachers for Global Classrooms, a program sponsored by the US Department of State and managed by IREX. Her participation in TGC and work with students and educators in Brazil allowed her to continue a commitment to national and international educational reform efforts that enrich local communities while creating global partnerships.
Barbara lives in Baltimore, Maryland with her husband, Zachary, and their twin children, Ivy and Kipling. As a family they enjoy all manner of outdoor activity including backpacking, snowshoeing, and canoeing.