Barbara (Bobbie) Darroch is a Charter Holder and co-Principal of Benchmark Elementary School in Phoenix, Arizona. It was exciting when one of our sixth grade students won “Best Poem grades 3-6” last year.

As an American she had the privilege of growing up as a child of the world. Her dad was an engineer with an international construction firm so they lived and worked in local communities. When she was in first grade in Johannesburg, South Africa she was taught the third verse to the Star Spangled Banner and the Preamble to the American Constitution with all her Afrikaner classmates. (Interesting that our Preamble spoke to that teacher.) Her Jr. High and High School years in Pakistan, Columbia, Lebanon and Iran really brought home what unique freedoms and opportunities were afforded to Americans that others did not have. Flying into New York City and seeing the Statue of Liberty in the harbor; hearing the Star Spangled Banner; celebrating the 4th of July always makes her heart swell with pride. She is thrilled to be a part of this organization dedicated to educating the youth and adults of our country about the importance and relevance of our Constitution.