Faces of Me Fine: Miss Barbara

In our series, “Faces of Me Fine,” we highlight the dedicated people who make sure the organization achieves its mission to support critically ill children and their families at Duke, UNC, and WakeMed Children’s Hospitals. Meet Miss Barbara, a former science teacher who has brought her passion and ingenuity to supporting Second Hope Shop and the impact this community-based thrift store has on children and families throughout North Carolina.

Miss Barbara may claim to be retired, but her time at the Second Hope Shop says otherwise. She officially joined the store’s team in August 2014 after seeing an advertisement for a part-time position. While she doesn’t have a official title, Mary Angel and the rest of the staff have dubbed her the Chief Pricer.

Miss Barbara retired from teaching high school science in Wayne County. Throughout her career, she taught all of the science classes offered, including Biology, Physical Sciences, and Chemistry. What was her favorite?

“Chemistry,” she responded. “There’s an answer there. You just have to know how to get to it.”

Miss Barbara wearing a pink shirt and blue jeans standing next to a dresser

She’s applied this same methodology to her role as Chief Pricer of Second Hope Shop. She researches current prices based on the condition and age of donated items in order to generate the appropriate price per the store’s guidelines. Maryssa (profiled here) helps her price newer items.

“I want the prices to be both competitive and to help raise money for the families that the Me Fine Foundation supports.”

Why did Miss Barbara become a teacher? She started at East Carolina University studying medical technology. Ironically, she detested chemistry in high school. But, she found science fascinating and wanted to stoke that curiosity for the next generation.

“Science is constantly changing,” she shared. “It’s important to give students real world examples.”

Miss Barbara and the Second Hope Shop do this same thing with customers at the thrift store: how their purchases go towards supporting families with critically ill children at Duke, UNC, and WakeMed Children’s Hospitals.

The Princeton team looks to Miss Barbara for guidance, leadership, and laughter. It’s clear that this former teacher remains committed to caring for children and families. While it may not be teaching the scientific method or reviewing the periodic table of elements, Miss Barbara’s passion of helping others to see possibilities is clear here at the Second Hope Shop and throughout the community.

Me Fine’s Second Hope Shop is located at 5100 US Hwy 70 East in Princeton, North Carolina. You can find updates on sales and specials on the store’s Facebook page or give them a call at 919-202-0445.