about01Our Inspiration

The Mission of our Foundation is to motivate children to pursue education beyond high school. We believe the way to achieve this is by combining studying with inspiring out of school activities. We want to define the next generation of scholars not only by what they learn in the classroom but also through their experiences beyond the text books and outside of the traditional learning environments.

The Dr. Barbara Seniors Harkins Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Miami, Florida and Los Angeles, California. The late Dr. Harkins believed that all children, regardless of race, gender or class, deserved to enjoy the best possible future. She devoted her life to providing underprivileged children with the support and encouragement they needed. Through the Foundation, Dr. Harkins’ legacy of compassion will live on.

Dr Barbara Seniors Harkins’ Background

Academic Preparation

    • Doctor of Philosophy / The Union Institute and University in the City of Cincinnati, Ohio (2002)

Educational Leadership / Administration and Supervision / Area of Specialization: Multi Cultural Education

    • Bachelor of Science / Florida International University (1992)

English As A Second Language

    • Bachelor of Science / Florida International University (1980)

Diagnostic Prescriptive Reading

    • Master of Science / University of Miami (1979)

Early Childhood Education

    • Master of Science / Nova Southeastern University (1978)

Administration and Supervision

    • Bachelor of Arts / Florida A & M University (1963)

Elementary Education (Major) & Early Childhood Education (Minor)

Professional Experience

    • Mathematics Curriculum Specialist / Dunbar Elementary School(2002 – 2005)

To develop, plan and implement curriculum programs in Mathematics to involve parents and students in Math workshops and competitions throughout the school district. Gave hands on demonstrations for teachers, parents and administrators in regards to the Math curriculum. Evaluated Mathematic programs throughout the school region.

    • Appointed First Principal / Rosa Parks Elementary Charter Schools (1999 – 2002)

Planned, developed, organized, administered, supervised, evaluated and directed the operation of schools and the use of the facilities. Rosa Parks Elementary Charter School, Florida City, Florida and Rosa Parks Elementary Charter School, Miami, Florida.

    • Mathematics Curriculum Specialist / Dunbar Elementary School (1998 – 1999)

To develop, plan and implement curriculum programs in Mathematics to involve parents and students in Math workshops and competitions throughout the school district. Gave hands on demonstrations for teachers, parents and administrators in regards to the Math curriculum. Evaluated Mathematic programs throughout the school region.

    • Reading Coordinator / William Chapman Elementary School (1995 – 1998)

Developed computer assisted Reading Program for second – fifth graders.

    • Kindergarten Instructor / Oliver Hoover Elementary School (1990 – 1995)

Thrived on coaxing out the best in Kindergarten children (twelve children enter the Gifted Program).

    • Assistant Principal (1984 – 1990)

Assisted in planning, developing, organizing, administering, supervising, evaluating and directing the operation of schools and the use of the facilities.

    • Reading Curriculum Coordinator II (1979 – 1984)

Coordinated and monitored the implementation of Instructional Support Services and assisted teachers in planning and providing activities for inter-racial and intercultural groups.

    • Educational Resource Skills Specialist (1974 – 1979)

Assisted in writing, implementing and ascertaining State and Federal Guidelines and developed and conducted in-service activities for staff members, parents and children.

    • Instructor / A.L. Lewis Elementary School (1971 – 1974)

Implemented hands on practical approach to assessing, planning and managing at risk students. Used a multiplicity of tools and materials in the content area.

    • Principal / American Dependents School / Beirut, Lebanon (1969 – 1971)

Appointed by the United States Ambassador to provide support in planning, developing, organizing, administering, supervising, evacuating and directing the operation of Schools for American Dependents in Beirut, Lebanon.

    • Instructor / The Junior School / Nicosia, Cyprus (1965 – 1969)

Organized, implemented and instructed in the area of American History for American school age children. Introduced the American culture traditions to the teachers, students, administrators and parents of Nicosia, Cyprus

Special Experiences

  • Wrote Special Basic Skills Reading and Mathematics Manual
  • Assisted in writing Title I Reading Instructional Cycle
  • Articulation Booklets and Teachers Manual
  • Wrote “Exploring the Bible Through Basic Skills”
  • Conducted in-service activities for the National Alliance of Black Educators, “Community Partners Project”
  • Organized Basic Skills Program for Churches and Community Groups throughout the state of Florida
  • Coordinator of the District Congress of Christian Education Oratorical Contest
  • Director of the Young People’s Department of the Florida East Coast Baptist Association
  • Unified Compensation Classification Plan (UCCP) Task Force Committee (appointed by Superintendent of Schools, Dade County Public School System)
  • Principal for Coral Way Elementary School during the absence of school Principal or Assistant Principal (appointed by South Central Area Superintendent)
  • Organized, developed and coordinated Family Are Needed Project (FAN $20,000.00 awarded).
  • Voted “Most Outstanding Woman Role Model” for the 2001 school year.

Affiliations

  • “Most Outstanding Educator” for the year 2001
  • Bethune Cookman College Alumni Association
  • Appointed Member of the Board of Directors for the Everglades – The Florida City – The Southern Glades Youth Development Centers
  • National Alliance of Black School Educators
  • International Reading Association
  • Phi Delta Kappa, Inc.
  • DCSAA
  • ASCD
  • South Dade Reading Council
  • Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Gamma Rho Chapter
  • Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Mu Gamma Zeta Chapter
  • Saint Paul Missionary Baptist Church
  • National Baptist Training Union / Nurturing Baptist Churches
  • Congress of Christian Education / National Baptist Association
  • Florida East Coast Association
  • State Educational Board

Awards

  • Monitor of Palm Beach County ESEA, Title I Schools
  • Teach of the Year Nominee 2000
  • Outstanding Woman Role Model 2001
  • Bethune Cookman College Alumni Association 2001 “Most Outstanding Educator of the Year”
  • Outstanding Elementary Teacher of America (1974 – 1975)
  • Outstanding service to Sunday School and Baptist Training Union Congress of Christian Education
  • Title I North Central Division I, State and Federal Evaluators
  • Special Recognition by U.S. Ambassador / Beirut, Lebanon
  • Dedicated Service for service to the Youth Committee, St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church
  • Outstanding Service to the Junior School by John Gleen (Astronaut), Nicosia, Cyprus
  • Special Award as a Consultant to the First Annual Assistant Principals’ Conference of the Southeast Regional Management Training Network
  • Letter of Appreciation for serving as a Recorder for the First Annual Assistant Principals’ Conference by the Beginning Teacher Program
  • Special Award from SRA Technologies, Inc. for participating in the Longitudinal Immersion Study of Bilingual Educational Program for Miami-Dade County
  • Special Recognition for serving as a facilitator for the 1983-85 Primary Education Program In-Service
  • Outstanding Service as a facilitator for the Articulated School Based Management Planning Conference
  • Plaque from the South Florida Association on Children under six for serving as a Consultant for two special workshops.
  • Special Recognition for services rendered to the University of Miami “1985” Summer Program for “Gifted and High Achieving Girls.”
  • Special Recognition from the Office of Educational Accountability for assisting with Special Testing Project – 1983
  • Dade County’s Testing Verification Participant – 1985, upon Area Superintendent’s request
  • Special Award for an excellence presentation of Project Planning in Dade County for the State Department of Education during the Statewide ESEA Conference – 1979
  • Appreciation Plaque from parents and the Board of Governing Body of the Union School in Nicosia, Cyprus
  • Outstanding Award for distinguished service rendered while serving as Principal of the Junior School / Beirut, Lebanon
  • Special Honor and Letter of Recognition from Ambassador Taylor G. Belcher, Embassy of the United States of America in Nicosia, Cyprus