Mrs. Barford

Music: PreK4 - Grade 3

Onyx- 14 months;

Marsha- 2 months

Forte- 3 months

Forte on her first birthday

Forte at the Puppy Picnic thinking about how much she misses school!


I will be your child's music teacher this year. If you have any questions or would like to contact me, please email me at:

In addition to being your child's music teacher, I am also a Seeing Eye Puppy Raiser. That means that I have a puppy to raise that was bred by the Seeing Eye in Morristown, NJ. Two years ago my puppy's name was Onyx; she was a lab/golden cross. She returned to The Seeing Eye's facility last summer and was trained as a Seeing Eye dog. She is presently working with a visually-impaired woman in Ohio. At the beginning of the last school year my puppy's name was Marsha. She returned to Morristown, NJ, on October 4, 2017. She passed her training at The Seeing Eye and is now working with a visually disabled person in Colorado.

On September 9, 2017, I received a new 7 week old puppy from The Seeing Eye. She is a yellow Lab, and I will keep her until she is 16 months old and ready for training. Her name is Forte (pronounced For- tay). Forte is still my puppy this year. She will probably be living with me until around Thanksgiving.

As puppy raisers we are encouraged to take our puppies with us whenever we can. Exposure to all kinds of situations helps them prepare for their future career. Father Harrison and Mrs. Garnham have given me permission to bring Forte (and any other future Seeing Eye puppies) to school with me. Know that she will be on her leash at all times and has all of her shots. I will allow the children to pet Forte at specific times. No child has to pet her. The children really enjoy seeing her. If you have any concerns, please let me know.

To learn more about The Seeing Eye, go to Thanks.