Barbara thoroughly enjoys teaching religion at BYU. Currently she is teaching the Doctrine and Covenants and Teachings of the Living Prophets. She served as the first female institute director and coordinator for Seminaries and Institutes in eastern Massachusetts. Her research interests focus primarily on international education, most specifically Latin America, and instructional pedagogy. Barbara received her PhD in Instructional Psychology. Her master's degree is in Educational Leadership and Foundations with an emphasis in international education development. Previous to teaching at BYU she worked as a seminary and institute teacher as well as a researcher for the Church Educational System. She was born in raised in Salem, Oregon, served a Spanish-speaking mission in the Los Angeles visitors’ center, and currently resides in Provo, UT. Barbara enjoys her family of twelve siblings and their spouses, fifty-four amazing nephews and nieces and incredible parents, and extended family. She enjoys learning, teaching, traveling, people, the great outdoors, and life!