THE DIRECTOR
Mr. David Barlow, is a retired Geology and  Astronomy Teacher that has served the Students of North Carolina for 33 years.  The last 20 years of his teaching career he taught at Mooresville Senior High School, has spent most of his life influencing the lives of young people. Having worked as a teacher, a NPS Park Ranger, and as a Boy Scout Leader. Mr. Barlow has the insight and the experience to provide for the many mental, physical, and emotional needs of young people.
Mr. Barlow is a graduate of Catawba College with a degree In Geology and has received numerous honors for teaching excellence. He has served since 1988 co-director of  the NC Teaching Fellows Discovery Program. He is an Alumnus of the Colorado Outward Bound School, Eagle Scout, and a Firefighter-EMT and a Level II Fire - Rescue Instructor for NC.  He has also worked as a Teacher Center Director and a Regional Teacher Recruiter for the State Department of Public Instruction, Assistant Director of the N.C. Science Olympiad, and coached Odyssey of the Mind. His hobbies include: Astronomy, Backpacking, Caving, Climbing, Canoeing and Kayaking, and Mineral and Fossil Collecting. Mr. Barlow is married and is the father of two sons and a daughter.

After retiring in June of 2008 "Dave" decided to go back to the Blue Ridge Parkway and really see it.  During the 42 days of September and the first part of October, he Backpacked the entire length of the "Original Blue Ridge Parkway" from Jarman Gap in Shenandoah Nat. Park to the Great Smoky Nat. Park at Cherokee, NC.
After instructing Firefighter Certification classes for the Community College system, In January of 2010, Dave returned to the classroom and assumed the duties as the "CHIEF" of the Concord High School Fire Academy.  This program is a Pilot program and is the largest of 3 Fire Academies in the State of NC.  Check out the Blog for more.





Click on the Fish to find out What it Stands For.
The Director and Several Staff Members want to make a Summit Bid on Mount Rainier
"The Original Blue Ridge Parkway Is Mine" and Operation Christmas Child.  All 479 Miles of it
Click Image for The Blog about the Parkway Walk.