If Brian Barbour’s name sounds familiar to local residents, it is because the Front Royal native’s parents and many of his relatives were teachers—in fact, Hilda J. Barbour Elementary School is named after one of his relatives.
Mr. Barbour will be the first to admit that after hearing about teaching and education all the time, the last thing he wanted to do was make a career of it. Instead, he graduated from the University of Lynchburg (formerly Lynchburg College) with high honors, a major in history, a minor in political science, and the intention of pursuing a career in international policy and law. While in college, he participated in the National Model United Nations and the Mid-Atlantic European Union Simulation Consortium and studied abroad in Argentina and Uruguay.
When Mr. Barbour came home from college during breaks, he would often substitute-teach--usually at the schools that he attended prior to leaving for college. After graduating from Lynchburg College, he decided to pursue a career in education and began his teaching career in Fauquier County Public Schools as a teacher of Civics and Economics and Advanced Reading. During that time, he not only completed a Master’s of Education from the University of Mary Washington, but became the head of the Social Studies Department at Cedar Lee Middle School.
Though Mr. Barbour loved teaching, he wanted to find ways to allow the students to be more independent and free of the imposed standards. "I want to allow the students to follow the curriculum where their passions are, rather than being pressured for time and unable to go in-depth because of a test," he explains. And so he turned to private education.
Mr. Barbour uses humor and student accountability to make his classes a place of enjoyable learning. "I believe in humor; life’s too short not to," he says. "But I also want the students to take responsibility. I want them to think, question, and even argue with me. In today’s world, they need to know what’s going on around them."
Mr. Barbour is the social studies department chairperson, senior class advisor, and Upper School Summer School Director. While at R-MA, Mr. Barbour has also served as the assistant boys' varsity soccer coach, assistant girls' varsity volleyball coach, and assistant girls' varsity basketball coach; he has also completed a second master’s degree, a Master’s of Science in Educational Administration from Shenandoah University. It was during his year as assistant girls' varsity basketball coach that the team went undefeated with a record of 17-0.
Mr. Barbour plays the cello and piano, enjoys reading, and also enjoys football, volleyball, soccer, traveling, and listening to music. In 2013, Mr. Barbour was appointed by the Warren County Board of Supervisors by a unanimous vote to serve on the Warren County Civil War Sesquicentennial Committe. He also is a proud member of the Warren County Club of Rotary International. Mr. Barbour served as Club President from 2015-2016. On July 1, 2015, Mr. Barbour was named a member of the Board of Trustees for Samuel's Public Library located in Warren County.
Mr. Barbour is also a proud member of Phi Alpha Theta, an honor society for the field of history; the social fraternity Sigma Nu; and the Order of Omega, a leadership honor society for members of Greek organizations. Mr. Barbour recently received the Educator of Distinction Award by the National Society of High School Scholars, a society founded and headed by Dr. Claes Nobel. Mr. Barbour was appointed to the Board of Trustees for St. Luke Community Clinc in September 2016. St Luke's is a nonprofit organization which provides health care services to low-income, uninsured residents of Front Royal and Warren County. On May 8, 2018, Mr. Barbour and his wife Lori had their first child, William Alexander Frederick Barbour.
- M.S.Ed., Shenandoah University
- M.Ed., University of Mary Washington: College of Graduate and Professional Studies
- B.A., University of Lynchburg
- Courses: U.S. Government and AP U.S. Government and Politics
- R-MA Mentor, Senior Class Advisor