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Lori Hurley Wendt (née Plummer; born March 1967 in Ohio) is known as an educational researcher for Barney & Friends. She also freelanced for other children's television shows including Maya & Miguel and Clifford the Big Red Dog and researched for properties such as The Wiggles and Peppa Pig. Prior to and after Barney & Friends, she spent her time as a first grade teacher.[1]

Career[]

Barney & Friends[]

When Wendt was out of college, she had the opportunity to work with Sheryl Leach, the creator of Barney, as a babysitter for her son Patrick Leach. Leach would later ask Wendt to work for her on the Barney & Friends television series, but due to Wendt desiring to be within a classroom, she declined the offer and and accepted a job teaching first grade in Lewisville, Texas. After Wendt earned her master's degree, she accepted a second offer from Leach, eight years later, to work on Barney & Friends. While it was a transition for Wendt, due to her having no experience in television, her training at Stephen F. Austin State University assisted her in the career transition.

Responsibilities[]

Wendt's role during her time working on Barney & Friends was assisting in curating curriculum to ensure the television show were as educational as possible. While working on the show, she would often do field tests, which further made use of her early childhood education background. When the series would bring in new characters, new music and or new sets, Wendt would visit day care centers with video copies to show children while taking notes on their reactions.[2]

Personal Life[]

The Wendts

Dean Wendt and his wife Lori Wendt hold a Speak 'n Sing Jumbo Barney plush doll.

Barney & Friends[]

On the set of Barney & Friends, Wendt, who's last name was Plummer during most of her time on the show, met Dean Wendt, who was the voice of Barney at the time.[3] They got married during the last year Barney & Friends was being produced.

Credits[]

Barney & Friends[]

  1. Season 11 (educational researcher, as Lori Plummer M.Ed.)
  2. Season 12 (content development, as Lori Plummer M.Ed.)
  3. Season 13 (content development, as Lori Plummer M.Ed.)
  4. Season 14 (content development, as Lori Wendt M.Ed.)

  1. Barney's Good Day, Good Night (educational research staff, as Lori Plummer M.Ed.)
  2. It's Time For Counting (educational research staff, as Lori Plummer M.Ed.)
  3. Barney in Outer Space (educational research staff, as Lori Plummer M.Ed.)
  4. Barney's Halloween Party (educational research staff, as Lori Plummer M.Ed.)
  5. Sing & Dance With Barney (educational research staff, as Lori Plummer M.Ed.)
  6. What A World We Share (educational research staff, as Lori Plummer M.Ed.)
  7. Barney's Night Before Christmas (educational research staff, as Lori Plummer M.Ed.)
  8. Walk Around The Block With Barney (educational research staff, as Lori Plummer M.Ed.)
  9. More Barney Songs (educational research staff, as Lori Plummer M.Ed.)
  10. Let's Play School! (educational research staff, as Lori Plummer M.Ed.)
  11. Barney's Rhyme Time Rhythm (educational research staff, as Lori Plummer M.Ed.)
  12. Barney's Super Singing Circus (educational research staff, as Lori Plummer M.Ed.)
  13. Come on Over to Barney's House (educational research, as Lori Plummer M.Ed.)
  14. Barney's Dino Dancin' Tunes (educational research, as Lori Plummer M.Ed.)
  15. Be My Valentine Love, Barney (educational research staff, as Lori Plummer M.Ed.)
  16. Let's Go To The Zoo (educational research, as Lori Plummer M.Ed.)
  17. You Can Be Anything! (educational research staff, as Lori Plummer M.Ed.)
  18. Barney's Beach Party (educational research staff, as Lori Plummer M.Ed.)
  19. Round and Round We Go (educational research staff, as Lori Plummer M.Ed.)
  20. Barney's Christmas Star (educational researcher, as Lori Plummer M.Ed.)
  21. Barney Songs from the Park (educational research, as Lori Plummer M.Ed.)
  22. Read With Me, Dance With Me (educational research, as Lori Plummer M.Ed.)
  23. Barney's Best Manners: Your Invitation to Fun! (educational research, as Lori Plummer M.Ed.)
  24. Happy Mad Silly Sad (educational research, as Lori Plummer M.Ed.)
  25. Movin' and Groovin' (educational research, as Lori Plummer M.Ed.)
  26. Let's Pretend with Barney (educational research, as Lori Plummer M.Ed.)
  27. Now I Know My ABCs (educational research, as Lori Plummer M.Ed.)
  28. Barney's Colorful World! (educational research, as Lori Plummer M.Ed.)
  29. Ready, Set, Play! (educational research, as Lori Plummer M.Ed.)
  30. Let's Go to the Farm (educational research, as Lori Plummer M.Ed.)
  31. Just Imagine (educational research, as Lori Plummer M.Ed.)
  32. Everyone Is Special (educational research, as Lori Plummer M.Ed.)
  33. The Land of Make Believe (educational research, as Lori Plummer M.Ed.)
  34. Can You Sing That Song? (educational research, as Lori Plummer M.Ed.)
  35. Let's Make Music (educational research, as Lori Plummer M.Ed.)
  36. Let's Go to the Firehouse (educational research, as Lori Plummer M.Ed.)
  37. Dino-Mite Birthday (educational researcher, as Lori Plummer M.Ed.)
  38. Celebrating Around The World (educational research, as Lori Plummer M.Ed.)
  39. Barney's Animal ABC's (educational researcher, as Lori Plummer M.Ed.)
  40. Hi! I'm Riff! (educational researcher, as Lori Plummer M.Ed.)
  41. The Best of Barney (content development, as Lori Plummer M.Ed.)
  42. Once Upon A Dino Tale (educational researcher, as Lori Plummer M.Ed.)
  43. Top 20 Countdown (educational research, as Lori Plummer M.Ed.)
  44. Let's Go on Vacation (content development, as Lori Plummer M.Ed.)
  45. Barney's Jungle Friends (content development, as Lori Plummer M.Ed.)
  46. Let's Play Outside (content development, as Lori Plummer M.Ed.)
  47. A-Counting We Will Go (content development, as Lori Wendt M.Ed.)
  48. Best Fairy Tales (educational research, as Lori Plummer M.Ed.)
  49. Big World Adventure (content development, as Lori Wendt M.Ed.)
  50. I Can Do It! (content development, as Lori Wendt M.Ed.)
  51. A Very Merry Christmas (content development, as Lori Wendt M.Ed.)
  52. I Love My Friends (content development, as Lori Wendt M.Ed.)
  53. A Super-Dee-Duper Day (content development, as Lori Plummer M.Ed.)

Trivia[]

References[]

  1. Lori Wendt Retrieved March 3, 2024
  2. ’Jacks of All Trades: Lori Wendt ’89 2020 Retrieved March 2, 2024
  3. Get to Know our Staff: Lori Wendt, Center for Dyslexia May 15, 2023 Retrieved March 3, 2024
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