Assistant Professor (2021)
Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin
Before joining the Department of Early and Middle Grades Education at West Chester, Dr. David Barry was a Kindergarten teacher in the Boston Public Schools for ten years and a Teaching Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education for five years. Most recently, he was a Master Teacher (Pre-K) and lab instructor at The University of Texas at Austin’s laboratory school, a field supervisor for early childhood teacher candidates, and an instructor for undergraduate courses focused on the role of play in early development and early childhood teaching methods. His research interests include early childhood teacher education and the prioritization of self-compassion within and across teacher education programs. He has presented his research at national and regional conferences and has published a book chapter (forthcoming) on the importance of self-compassion for teachers who support traumatized students.