Kathy Barry has been the Assistant Director of Admissions and Financial Aid Director at Delaware Valley Friends School for over five years. She is also the parent of a DVFS graduate, Class of 2013, who is currently attending Albright College.
Q: What do you like best about being part of the DVFS community?
Seeing the students evolve into confident young men and women who understand their learning challenges and are equipped with the self-esteem and strategies to succeed in college and work.
Q: How do you help students with learning differences?
I help families regain faith in their child's abilities by showing them how a specialized education can open all of the opportunities that they feared would not be available for their child who learns differently.
Q: In your experience, what sets DVFS students apart?
DV students are extremely self-aware and brave. Through their experiences at DVFS, they come to understand fully their learning challenges and gain the confidence to not let those challenges hold them back, never settling for less because it is easier.
Q: How has being the parents of a DVFS graduate affected your role in Admissions?
As the parent of a student with dyslexia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia, I understand what families are going through when they reach out to us looking for the right educational fit for their student who learns differently. I know how being in a school that understands and supports a student's needs can improve not only their educational prospects, but boost self-esteem and lead to a positive social experience. For that reason, I am committed to helping parents find the school that is the best fit for their student's needs. That is not always Delaware Valley Friends, but I try to provide sound counsel and options if that is the case. The most important thing is that the student is in a place where they can succeed and grow. We were fortunate enough for our daughter to attend Delaware Valley Friends School for middle and high school and the Crossroads School in elementary school. Thanks to the exemplary education delivered in a supportive, caring environment that she received at DV, she is not only succeeding academically at college, but is able to fully engage in the college experience through sports, activities, and an on campus job. I want that for every one of our students.