Barbara Valladares helps young people prepare for a healthy, prosperous adulthood. She began her career counseling teens individually and worked her way to an organizational level, in always giving kids the resources and strategies they need to succeed.
A native of the Lehigh Valley, Barbara earned a B.A. at George Washington University, a master of education in Rehabilitation Counseling (M.Ed.), and her secondary school counselor certificate at the University of Pittsburgh.
After 15 years as a high school guidance counselor in two very different schools, she spent three years as a religious school director and family life educator. During this time, Barbara wrote for various online outlets about education and parenting. She is currently with Kidsville News Lehigh Valley.
Independently in 2008, Barbara started a small consulting firm to create individualized education plans for students in high school who are preparing for college and career.
When working with young people, Barbara establishes an environment that supports freedom of expression within clear boundaries, a real communication starter. She cheers their successes and makes resources available in times of difficulty. She teaches them how to be more effective.
Barbara knows she has succeeded when she hears teens communicating openly, when she helps them get through a crisis or obtain that acceptance letter. “The smiles on their faces” and making a difference in people’s lives motivate her.
A consummate event planner, Barbara is chair of the annual Chiari and Syringomyelia Foundation Unite@Night, held in Bethlehem. She is fluent in American Sign Language and has taught archery.
Barbara and her husband have two teenage daughters, one of whom recently started college. Barbara is open to transitioning from part-time to full-time work at a management or director level.