Parker County Today January 2018 - Page 28

Dr. Marsha Barber Dr. Marsha Barber is the found- er and was chief administrator of Trinity Christian Academy. She is now retired. after 20 years at Trinity Christian Academy. PCT: What is your favorite novel? MB: Anything by John Grisham, James Patterson, Sue Grafton, Patricia Cornwall. PCT: What do you do to decompress? MB: Read ... and use my iPad way too much. 26 PCT: How did you get into your occupation? MB: As long as I can remember I wanted to be a teacher. In junior high, I was a member of Future Teachers of America and in fact was named Outstanding Future Teacher of America in 9th grade. After gradu- ating from Memorial High School in Houston, I pursued an undergradu- ate degree at TCU in Elementary Education with a Kindergarten Endorsement. I taught in public schools for 18 years during which time I earned a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an Emphasis in Language, Literature and Reading from the University of Houston. In 1993, I was given the opportunity to start a Christian school with 10 students in two borrowed classrooms. God’s timing was perfect, as always, and the Aledo/Willow Park area was coming into a time of growth. The school grew quickly and now has over 525 students on a $15-plus- million-dollar campus. Because I was coming from public school to Christian education and because I had never been an admin- istrator, (God can use anyone!) I earned a doctorate in Educational Administration with an Emphasis in Christian Education. I retired in 2013 PCT: What is something people don’t know about you?   MB: I ran off and got married at the end of my freshman year of college, had my first child at the end of my sophomore year of college (finished the semester on Friday, went to the hospital on Monday) and was preg- nant with my second child when I did my student teaching and gradu- ated. I was the first person in my family to go to college and thankfully my dad continued to pay for TCU after I got married. Forty-eight years of marriage under our belt! PCT: What would you most like to be remembered for? MB: Building Trinity Christian Academy into a God-honoring educational facility that will leave a legacy far beyond what any of us could imagine. for education in a college prep school with high academics, athletic programs and arts programs while maintaining a Christian worldview. We prepare our students for a lifetime of making our world a better place. PCT: What is your definition of the best day ever? MB: My most memorable day was when we went to Colorado for my son’s college graduation and spent a day on Mt. Evans. Because of the high wind, I did not want to go rappelling that day so my son built a fire, I curled up with a blanket, read my Bible and watched the snow- flakes. PCT: What’s the best piece of advice you would give? MB: “It might not work” is not enough of a reason not to try. PCT: What is the coolest thing you have ever done in your life? MB: Cruise to Alaska with white water rafting. Kathryn Lammers Kathryn is the owner of the Swim Lesson People. PCT: If you could have lunch with any one in history, living or dead, who would it be? MB: Jesus. What questions I would have! But I know when I walk into heaven my first words will be “Of course!” My answers will all be revealed. I won’t even have to ask. PCT: If you had to do another job other than what you’re doing, what would you do? MB: Volunteer work with organiza- tions I believe in. I am on the board of Grace House Ministries and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at TCU. I am glad now to finally have time to serve. PCT: What is your impact to Parker County? MB: I think TCA changed the land- scape of Eastern Parker County. We have provided an affordable option PCT: How did you get into your occupation? KL: I started teaching swim lessons as a summer job at a local camp and fell in love with working with kids. That summer job led me to my local YMCA and years in recreational programming. I also started volunteering with different organizations to educate about water safety, and was connected with Safe Kids Tarrant County. After years of