Barb Aust has been actively involved in the education field for over four decades.
She has done extensive work as a teacher, principal, and as a mentor for school leaders and student teachers engaged in teacher education. She has successfully worked in early childhood education, the public school system, alternative schools, First Nations Band schools and at Vancouver Island University.
Barb is married to an encouraging and supportive husband. Together they have raised three children and now enjoy participating in their grandchildren's lives. Barb is an active volunteer in her community and serves on a number of different boards. Her passion is honoring and creating beauty: in her garden, her home and in relationships.
The Three Principles teachings of Sydney Banks have been fundamental in Barb's life for almost forty years and they underpin all that she does. Mr. Banks said "Mind is the intelligence of all things, consciousness makes you aware, and thought is like the rudder of a ship. It guides you through life, and if you learn to use that rudder properly, you can guide your way through life far better than you ever imagined." Barb's life has been focussed on working from the heart and respecting the inherent wisdom in everyone. The Virtues Project has provided beautiful, affirming language to express the ideas with children.
Barb is the author of The Essential Curriculum, available as a softcover and ebook through Amazon.com. Through her book, Barb shares 21 ideas for creating a positive and optimistic culture.