Sumi Barua

Sumi Barua


As one of the special education assistants, I see my role as helping my students to develop necessary life skills. Here at Discovery, our goal is also to help the kids learn in different and creative ways. I plan on collaborating with the other special education teachers so we can teach kids the vital skills that they will need throughout their lives.

Professional Background

I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts at the National University in Gazipur, Bangladesh. A couple years later, I moved to Arlington, VA. In 2004, I worked in the Knowledge Learning Corporation and Corporate Childcare Consulting, working on infant & toddler curriculum, language development, protecting children training and communication activities for infants and toddlers. Five years later, I joined with APS for the Out-of -School Time programming training. Then in 2011, I started working as a special education assistance at Barcroft Elementary School.

Personal Interests

When I am not teaching in the classroom, I enjoy reading and cooking, as well as spending time with my family, which includes my two sons, and my husband. Last summer, we went to New York and took in the beautiful sites of Times Square.

Literary Connection

In the story Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson, the acts of kindness and the powers of friendship are explained. As a child, I was a very friendly girl and made sure no one was left behind. But there was one girl that none of my friends and I wanted to talk to. In this book, a girl named Maya has moved into a new school. While she is there she is not treated with any kindness and friendship. Soon, she would stop coming to school, and soon did the students realize that they should have treated her with more kindness, and just that could bring a person to joy. Anyways, soon that girl who I didn’t talk to, became my best friend, and still is to this day.