Ruby Bridges Elementary

1st Grade

Get to know us - Danielle LaBarre

Hello there! My name is Ms. LaBarre, also known as Ms. Alcala to RB students for the past 11 yrs. I came to Ruby Bridges Elementary the year that it opened in 2006 as a new teacher. I taught Kindergarten for 10 years and then decided to move on up to the next grade to see what was at the end of the rainbow J.  I choose to teach at Ruby Bridges because of the diversity of our school community and because of the teachers that I work alongside with. I couldn’t imagine working anywhere else.


I became a teacher because it ran in my family and also because of my own struggles in school. I had a hard time because my teachers did not nurture my curiosity or teach with multiple intelligences in mind. I had learning differences that required a different educational approach than what was being used at my school. Where was STEAM in the early nineties? Anyway, when I graduated from high school in 2000, I started working as a tutor with AmeriCorps. I had the opportunity to work with several students, just like me as a kid, who just needed someone to have patience and find a way of teaching that matched their learning style. This was my big aha moment, when I saw what was needed and what I needed to do. I moved from southern California (Riverside to be exact) to the bay area in 2002 to finish college at San Francisco State University and the bay area became home. During college I taught reading & writing at a non-profit reading clinic in the Mission District for 4 years. After finishing college in 2004, enrolling in a teaching credential program seemed like the most natural step forward.


So here I am now, working at the best school in Alameda where I happen to have met my best friend and husband Mr. LaBarre who teaches 3rd grade. My hobbies include painting, singing and photography. I adore Alameda because of the weather and the speed limit! I love being able to ride my bike to work and walk everywhere for all my errands. Life is good. Oh and how could I forget to mention my dogson Max, who is such a BIG part of my life too!