Jerome (Jay) Barrett

Special Education Program Director - Bakersfield Center
Bakersfield Center


M.Ed., Administration and Curriculum Development, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada, 1975
B.A., California State University, Los Angeles, 1969

Share why you teach at FPU

Fresno Pacific University provides with an excellent opportunity to express my calling as a teacher. I believe that my Christian faith, by definition needs to be expressed, specifically through my attitudes and actions toward others. If not -- I’m doing something wrong, or I don’t understand what being a Christian is really about. James 2:17 reads, “Faith by itself isn’t enough, unless it produces deeds (or works), it is dead and useless.”

To be a teacher is a high and noble calling. James 3:2-12 says, “Dear brothers and sisters not many of you should be teachers in the church (or in our schools), for we who teach will be judged by God with greater strictness.” I am reminded and humbled by the verse in Luke 6:40 (NIV) that states: “A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher.” What an awesome privilege and responsibility comes with being a teacher.

I believe God has endowed every individual with unique value and significance because He saw fit to create in His own image. It is an intrinsic gift of God motivated by His grace. One of the primary responsibilities that I have as a teacher is to be the “Light and Salt” in the classroom. I need to allow others to see Christ in and through me.

Scholarly Interests

  • Early childhood education
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Learning disabilities
  • Educational technology
  • Intercultural communication, education and ministry

Professional and Service Experience

  • Delano Multicultural Club with Abeer Hassan, Bakersfield College, Delano, CA 
  • New Orleans Home Rehabilitation after Hurricane Katrina 
  • Whispers of Hope, Lahore, Pakistan

Professional Affiliations

  • Evangelical Church Alliance, ordained minister/evangelist, Bradley, IL, member from 1980-present
  • Whispers of Hope, International Ministry Consultant, Lahore, Pakistan, 2010-Present

Publications and Presentations


  • Don’t Let the Prospect of Working with Special Education Children Produce Undue Panic, 2008
  • "Developing Phonetic and Phonemic Awareness," written for the California Preschool Instructional Network, 2005
  • "Phonemics, It’s about the Sound," written for the California Preschool Instructional Network, 2005
  • "The Beginning of Literacy Awareness: Developing the Lap Experience," written for the Non-Intensive Preschool Program, KCSOS, 1990


  • "Developing Our Multicultural Awareness," Intercultural Communication, Bakersfield College, 2006

Other Information

I have a special interest in intercultural communication. My wife, Jeanne and I have four children, fifteen grandchildren, and four “heart adopted” grandchildren: one that was born and raised in Yemen and now lives in Delano, CA; three that were born and raised in Lahore, Pakistan, one of which (Sunila Samuel) will be starting at Fresno Pacific University in the fall of 2013. Two of our grandchildren are in college, and all four of our adopted grandchildren are current college students.

In 2010, my granddaughter, Sunila Samuel (Tina), and I established a Registered Charitable Ministry in Lahore, Pakistan called Whispers of Hope. The express purpose of the ministry is to provide education, food, clothing, home visitation, and prayer support for the poor living in close proximity to Bahar Colony Kot Lakh Pat. All services are provided as a ministry in the name of Jesus Christ without regard to religious affiliation, national origin, cultural differences, or ethnic background.

My wife, Jeanne and I have been active members of the Columbus Street Baptist Church in Bakersfield, CA since January 1986. During that time, I have served in a variety of ministries: worship leader, ESL teacher, Say Yes (after school program), Friday Morning Prayer Breakfast (1992-current), and an adult Bible teacher for the last 27 years. I also served as an adjunct professor of Communication at Bakersfield College from 1986 to December, 2012.

Other areas of interest:

  • Christian Ministry: Whispers of Hope, Bakersfield, CA and Lahore, Pakistan
  • Kern County Migrant Camps
  • Say Yes, After School Education Program: English as a Second Language (Adult Spanish Learners)
  • North American Mission Board: Disaster Relief