Concord resident inducted into select group of educators

December 13, 2018 by  

The Educators Hall of Fame at East Carolina University recently inducted Robert L. Barrier, Jr. of Concord.

Barrier graduated from Concord High School in 1973 and from Winston-Salem State University in 1977 with honors. After graduation, he moved to Greenville to teach at G. R. Whitfield Middle School. Due to his ability to increase student achievement beyond what was expected, he was voted Teacher of the Year in 1984 by his colleagues.

While a middle school teacher, he pursued a master’s degree in counselor education at East Carolina University. Once he received his degree in 1984, J.H. Rose High School in Greenville offered him a position as a high school counselor.

Among his accomplishments as a high school counselor, students were accepted into schools of higher education in record numbers and received a record number of scholarships. His counseling department was considered one of the best in the country. In addition, many minority students were accepted at such prestigious institutions as Harvard and other across the country. A Rhodes Scholarship was awarded to one of his female minority students.

Barrier has also served the community in volunteering his time to improve the quality of life for marginalized families and creating a scholarship and mentoring program for African-American males in middle school.

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