Barbara Son always knew she wanted to teach in some capacity. When she was about five years old, she was acting as a teacher and wrote out lesson plans on the wallpapered walls in her bedroom, which could be attributed to her mother’s background in education.
Barbara’s mother was able to pursue her graduate study in the US through a government scholarship. In the process, she continuously inspired Barbara to also walk on the rewarding career path – and rewarding it was.
“As a Teaching and Research Assistant at Boston University, I learned firsthand how much a caring a professor can change a student’s life. I wanted to become just like her,” and so she did.
In 1999, Barbara joined the CBE because it was an AACSB-accredited college in a central location and ever since, she has had the pleasure of teaching people from all walks of life: global corporate managers, Silicon Valley executives, business entrepreneurs, nurses, Marines, sheriffs, etc. Her greatest reward of all is the ultimate full-circle moment, being able to “read students’ evaluation comments about how much my real-life examples have changed their lives.”
Barbara loves to travel in her spare time, and most notably, the furthest place she has ever traveled was to Gibraltar, at the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula. She likes to remind herself of the Ralph Waldo Emerson quote, “What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.”