Caitlin Barry has been a member of NAMLE since 2011. After graduating from Brown in 2010 with a degree in American studies, Caitlin began working in media marketing at Aol/Huffington Post in New York. After a year in the frenetic city, she missed her hometown of Los Angeles and moved back, beginning work at a media literacy start-up called Big Picture Instructional Design. There, she designed discussion questions about issue-driven films, managed the social media accounts, and organized film screenings and workshops around the country.
After two years working behind a desk, Caitlin longed for the classroom. She began working as a yearbook and newspaper advisor at Westside Neighborhood School, a private K8 school in LA’s beachy westside. After that, she transitioned into a middle school history teacher for several years, and now teaches middle school English. At her school, she has taught media literacy workshops to 4th, 6th, and 7th graders, has done a media literacy training for faculty and parents, and organized her school’s Media Literacy Week participation. She is obsessed with integrating film and TV clips into her English practice, and emphasizes visual literacy along with traditional textual literacy in her classes.
Caitlin frequently attends conferences and workshops focused on teaching with technology and media, and she recently presented as a teacher-practitioner at the National Communication Association conference in Las Vegas. She spends her summers in New York City, pursuing her Masters in Teaching English at Teachers College Columbia University.