+ − Contact Information
Email Address: BarronI@assembly.state.ny.us
Phone: (518) 455-5912
Albany, NY 12248
+ − Biography
Inez Barron was elected to the State Assembly in November 2008, following a distinguished career of public service in the NYC Department of Education. Inez is the daughter of George and Margaret R. Smith, who raised her to put God first. Inez credits her parents with instilling in her the value of education and pride in her African culture. Their encouragement to her was always give your best, do your best, be your best and expect the best. Inez Barron is the wife of the Honorable Charles Barron, New York City Council Member of the 42nd Council District, and they have the distinction of serving simultaneously as the legislative representatives of virtually the same region. Charles and Inez are the parents of two sons, Jelani Johnson and Jawanza Barron.
For nearly fifty years, Ms. Barron has been actively engaged in protesting against civil and human injustices such as segregation, discrimination, apartheid, exclusion of Africa from the NYC curriculum, police misconduct and environmental racism. She first became involved in the struggle for human rights in 1960 when she joined the protest demonstrations in Brooklyn held in solidarity with those boycotting southern businesses engaged in discrimination.
Inez has a long history of community activism. Through participation in various community organizations, she has been involved in closing a store selling illegal drugs, stopping the construction of a wood-burning incinerator that would have spewed tons of particulate matter into the air, ending the use of coal-burning furnaces in public schools, and supporting the tenants of Starrett City and Meadowbrook in their quest to maintain affordable housing.
Inez was born in the Fort Greene Projects of Brooklyn and attended the New York City public schools. She is a graduate of Hunter College of the City University of New York (Bachelor of Science in Physiology) and Bank Street College of Education (Master of Science in Reading and Special Education). For a brief period, Ms. Barron utilized her science training and worked in the radioisotope laboratory of a major hospital.
Ms. Barron began her career with the New York City Board of Education in 1967. She holds the philosophy that children should be valued and motivated to achieve, and teachers have a responsibility not only to provide the skills necessary to be life-long learners and become productive and critical members of society but also to challenge and stimulate childrens thinking.
For 18 years, Inez held various instructional positions, including classroom teacher (elementary, junior high school and college levels), reading teacher and math lab teacher. As a teacher at PS 41K, Inez was instrumental in the cooperative planning and implementation of the first NYC model for school-based management/shared decision making and was selected by her colleagues to present the concept at U.S. Congressional hearings in Washington, D.C., and at the UFT Conference in St. Croix, Virgin Islands. For the remainder of her 36 years with the Department of Education, Inez held a variety of administrative and supervisory positions, including teacher trainer, district coordinator for early childhood, executive assistant to the community superintendent, and assistant principal; she retired as a principal.
Inez served as vice president of Dynamics of Leadership, Inc., a leadership development corporation founded by her husband, Councilman Charles Barron, with the purpose of empowering people by developing their leadership skills. She developed curricula for various leadership workshops and conducted training sessions at colleges, churches, civic organizations and corporate conferences in several states across the nation. She is a founding member of Operation POWER (People Organizing and Working for Empowerment and Respect), a grassroots organization whose objective is to transform society and advocates the equitable distribution of goods and resources.
Since 1976, Inez has been an active member of the House of the Lord Church in Brooklyn, where the Rev. Dr. Herbert Daughtry is pastor and has espoused a holistic ministry encompassing the spiritual, political, social and health dimensions of life. Inez is a member of the Trustee Board, as well as a member of the Gospel Choir and served as chairperson of the House of the Lord Church Department of Education, which operated the House of the Lord Elementary School.
Inezs commitment of service to the communities of East New York, Brownsville, and Canarsie continues as she assumes the office of Assemblywoman and represents constituents of the 40th District with emphasis on education, health care, economic development, housing and environmental justice. Inez is an advocate of improving transparency and accountability in government.
Ms. Barrons accomplishments have been cited in Whos Who Among American Teachers and her service to the community has been acknowledged by scores of honors, awards, citations and plaques.
Inezs affirmation is I believe God.