Mrs. Barbara Flatt

B.Flatt_ Profile Photo_June 2020_IMG_1796_R - Copy - Barbara FlattMrs. Flatt is originally from Maine, she has lived in Arizona for 30 years. After graduating Summa Cum Laude with a BFA from ASU’s Herberger College of Fine Arts in 2003, she began her career as a public school educator teaching photography to Junior High students in the Mesa School District. A move to the Queen Creek Unified School District the following year, proved to be a wonderful choice. Mrs. Flatt has enjoyed teaching Visual Arts to 5th through 8th graders at Queen Creek and Newell Barney Middle Schools over the past 16 years, and feels blessed to have joined the EHS family, as she continues sharing her passion for teaching and nurturing the whole student through creative and artistic endeavors.

Creative activities have always been a part of Mrs. Flatt’s life – rooted in growing up in a home filled with the sounds of her Dad playing organ and piano, and attending all types of live performances with her family. She considers her first career to be in the performing arts field of dance – designing and constructing costumes, taking classes and performing, as well as teaching. She began by establishing her own dance studio during her last two years of high school, and later worked with regional ballet companies in Maine, Louisiana, and then Texas. After moving to Arizona, her dancing days ended in a short engagement with Ballet Etudes in Mesa – assisting with costuming, and performing as a parent in the opening scene of the Nutcracker Ballet.

In the midst of her dancing days, Mrs. Flatt embarked on her second career of raising her children – both of whom are also ASU Alumni. She is extremely proud of her children’s academic, athletic and personal achievements. Her daughter was on the ASU Sun Devil Swim Team for 4 years and currently works as a Senior Brand Designer for Amazon in the Seattle area. Her son earned his Masters Degree and works for an environmental firm in Washington state as a landscape architect. Mrs. Flatt currently resides in Mesa with her husband and three ginger cats – Peanut, Butter, and Buster. She enjoys traveling, outdoor activities that involve an appreciation of nature, visiting museums, attending concerts, and especially spending time with her family. Mrs. Flatt feels the richness of her past experiences serves to enform and enliven her interactions with her current art students, as they strive together to share learning activities and develop their unique artistic skills.