Vicky Harbison, a product of Montecito and Santa Barbara schools herself, graduated from Westmont College where she also obtained her California Life Time Teaching Credential. From there, she taught 4thand 5th grades at Mt. Carmel School for four years and then went onto ELMO Early School where she wrote the curriculum for and taught in both their Kindergarten and First Grade programs.
Vicky has been on staff at Montecito Union since 1989 focusing on 1st and 2nd and now 5th grade levels. American History and Cultural Studies form a major part of the focus during the year. She is especially grateful for the training she has been able to receive from the Columbia Reading Project and Harvard's Project Zero. Her interest in the local community has led to her involvement in school safety, a committee she chaired for some 15 years as well as work with MERRAG, a volunteer Montecito emergency response group. This work, along with her direct classroom involvement with students led to her receiving California’s most prestigious PTA award, The Golden Oak Service Award. In 2010 after a trip to investigate the condition of schools Northern Uganda, Vicky formed the non-profit Turn the Page Uganda whose mission is to provide Ugandan State curriculum to primary and secondary schools in that area.
The parent of three MUS graduates herself, Vicky is proud to know that her own children and niece and nephew have had the benefits of the wonderful education here at MUS. One of her children has bravely followed in her footsteps and is now teaching high school! MUS holds a special place in her heart :-).