Stefanie Fernandez usually spends her work week in the finance office of Independent Stave, a company that manufactures oak barrels for bourbon and other spirits, headquartered in Lebanon, Missouri. This story also appeared in NBC News But once every week or two since in December, Fernandez has trailed her son into his middle school when […]
Author Archives: Barbara Shelly
Barbara Shelly is a freelance journalist. She began her journalism career covering school boards for a daily newspaper in Reading, Pennsylvania. After stints as a reporter in Syracuse, N.Y., and a columnist and editorial writer for The Kansas City Star, she drifted back to the classrooms, because that’s where great stories begin or end. She can often be found biking
around Kansas City, which, contrary to popular belief, is not flat.