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Induction Category & YearGeneral 2004
Home TownWhite Lake, SD
Mitchell, SD
Graceland Cemetery

   Shirley Barns
Champion of Excellence

 Shirley Barns was born September 5, 1922, to Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy Barns. She lived in White Lake, South Dakota with her parents and two brothers, Jay and William. She graduated from White Lake High School in 1940.

Shirley attended Northern Teacher’s College and the University of South Dakota, receiving her Bachelors and Masters degrees. Barns served as Assistant Principal at Crippled Children’s Hospital & School, in Jamestown, ND and as teacher at Lutheran Day Nursery in Chicago, IL. She was also a Field Representative for Diaconal Services of the Evangelical Lutheran Church.<p>In 1958, Barns was asked to be the teacher consultant and later the Acting Administrator of the Division of Special Education in the SD Department of Public Instruction. She moved to Mitchell, SD in 1964 to become the Director of Special Education of the Mitchell Public Schools, in which she served for 20 years. During that tenure, she wrote the first Special Education Handbook in South Dakota and established the first Learning Disabilities Program. Barns was the first Certified Special Education Director in South Dakota and was instrumental in forming the South Dakota Special Education Advisory Committee.<p>Shirley Barns has always been active in both civic and educational activities. She credits the pioneer teachers and therapists with this honor – “To those who worked so hard to build our special programs”.</td>

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