If you are looking for Nathan Barber, new FBCA Head of Upper School, in the mornings before school, during school or after school, look no further than the hallways or classrooms. You will find him chatting, laughing, and interacting with the students and staff. These moments are his favorite part of the day.
“I love watching and interacting with them on a daily basis. The smiles, fist bumps, handshakes and conversations are what motivate me to get out of bed every day,” Nathan Barber, Head of Upper School, said.
Barber has felt like the Eagle Community welcomed him wholeheartedly from day one. The Faculty, Staff and Students are the reason that he believes FBCA is a wonderful school.
“Words like ‘family’ and ‘community’ often sound cliche’ when people use them to describe companies, schools and other organizations. However, I really can’t think of two better words to describe my FBCA experience so far,” Barber said. “ I sense this with my faculty, the students and the parents. Those words might be just marketing jargon elsewhere, but they have real meaning at FBCA.”
A seasoned educator and administrator, Barber attended William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where he studied History and Social Sciences. He earned his Masters in Education from Baylor University, and immediately began teaching after graduating from college. Born and raised in Mississippi, his first teaching job was ironically as a seventh grade Texas History teacher in Temple, Texas. Barber has previously served as a Division Head at Second Baptist School, the Emery/Weiner School, and Parkview Baptist School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. FBCA, though, feels especially like home to him, because it is a place he truly can be himself.
“The students, parents and faculty have graciously welcomed me, and the values of the school fall right in line with my own. I believe my experiences and skill set align amazingly well with where FBCA is going,” Barber said.
Having served on numerous campuses and worked alongside many talented and Godly educators, Barber firmly believes that the team he is blessed to work with here at FBCA stands out as unique.
“The teachers and staff here are exceptionally talented educators, and they are even better human beings. I hope the FBCA community knows how fortunate it is to have such a team working with their students on a daily basis,” Barber said.
As he moves into the next semester, Barber is thankful for a smooth start to the school year, and how well the Upper School team, students and parents have worked together to overcome numerous obstacles and found great successes. He praises God each day that “the classrooms and hallways are calm, school spirit is high, teachers and students are engaged, and the faculty is working together seamlessly.”
Barber continues to pray that God’s favor shines on our school.
“My prayer is that everyone who is new to the FBCA community will feel as welcome as I have felt since I joined several months ago,” Barber said.
Barber is married to his wife, Christy, who he met at William Carey University, and they have two children, Noah, a senior at UT Dallas, and Emma, a senior at the Emery/Weiner School.