Welcome to Restorative Practices
Hello! My name is Mary Barron, and I am the new Restorative Practices Coordinator for the Estes Park School District.
This is a grant-funded position that will focus on bringing attention to Restorative Justice Practices in all district schools. We will be working closely with the Estes Valley Restorative Justice Partnership that has been around since 2002.
I have been in the field of education for approximately 20 years working as a special education teacher, as a director of education for a day treatment program for at-risk youth, a special education coordinator and assistant principal before coming to Estes Park.
I am looking forward to using the principles of Restorative Practices to facilitate relationships with students and between students so that our school community is stronger than ever. Restorative Practices also focuses heavily on teaching kids to take responsibility for their actions and be able to see other points of view when faced with difficulties. Even in the short time I've been here, I can tell how devoted the community is to the well-being of its students, so this is an exciting opportunity!
I am also excited to be part of the beautiful Estes Park community as I am an avid lover of the outdoors and can’t imagine being in a more incredible place!