Barbara Fernandez Gustin currently is the Director of the School City of Hammond Head Start program. She has worked with Head Start in various capacities throughout her professional career, believing in its premise of working with both children and their parents/guardians in order to help build a solid foundation for future success. She strongly supports the philosophy that early learning experiences play a critical role in a child’s overall development. Barbara is an accomplished presenter and trainer. She has presented at the national, regional, state and local levels on topics related to early childhood development and education, professional development and working with families. She also has been a guest lecturer at Purdue Calumet, teaching the Introduction to Early Childhood course. Barbara graduated with distinction from Purdue Calumet, earning a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, with concentrations in both developmental and clinical psychology. She also earned a master’s degree in Communication from Purdue Calumet. Barbara resides in Chesterton with her husband. Her family includes two sons, a daughter-in-law and a grandson.
Barbara’s most valued Purdue Calumet experience: “I can truly say that Purdue Calumet has played a significant part in who I am today. I’ve spent a majority of my adult life connected to Purdue Calumet as a student, full-time employee and as a guest lecturer. The opportunities and experiences I have had through Purdue Calumet have taught me things that I have continued to apply throughout my life.”
Barbara’s advice to current Purdue Calumet students: “Please consider your time at Purdue Calumet as something valuable and not just something to get through. View this time as an opportunity to learn and to grow, not only in book knowledge, but also in knowing more about yourself and who you want to be in the future.”