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Ellen Barger

Ellen Barger
Music Academy Board Member

Ellen Barger is the Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum and Instruction, for the Santa Barbara County Education Office, where she provides service and leadership to the county’s 20 school districts. An educator for more than 30 years, Ms. Barger’s experience includes elementary, secondary, and post-secondary teaching and administration. She earned a Bachelor of Science, cum laude, from The Ohio State University and Masters of Science in Secondary Education and Mathematics Education from CSU Fullerton, where she was named the Edwin Carr Fellow.

Ms. Barger is currently on the executive council of the statewide CCSESA Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee, is the chair of the mathematics subcommittee, and serves on multiple work groups for policy, instruction, and accountability. She offers a social justice lens to her service as a board member of TODOS  and as a faculty member for the Institute for Equity in Education. Additionally, she serves as an active volunteer with Transition House and other Santa Barbara non-profits.  She lives in Santa Barbara with her husband Tony Helf.