Honors and Credentials

David Barlow has a BA Degree from Catawba College in Geology and has worked as a Park Ranger and the Geologist for the Blue Ridge Parkway during the 4 years of 1974-1977.  The US Bureau of Mines Division of Nonmetallic Minerals was his next appointment for two years as well as the USGS Mining Enforcement and Safety Administration. 
After leaving these positions, Mr. Barlow went into Teaching on the High School level where he has received many honors for his teaching abilities.

1981 Colorado Outward Bound School Teachers Practicum
1986-87 -Rowan County Teacher of the Year
1987-88 Regional Teacher of the Year
1987-1988 Science Olympiad Co-Director North Carolina State Tournament
1988-1989 Science Olympiad Co-Director North Carolina State Tournament
1989 NAGT Outstanding Earth Science Teacher of the Year for North Carolina
1989 NAGT Outstanding Earth Science Teacher of the Year for the Southeastern U. S.
1990 Governor's Award for Excellence in Science Teaching
1991 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching  1st Runner Up NC
1991 Odyssey of the Mind Coach of the Year
1992 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching  1st Runner Up NC


1992 - 1995 Adjunct Faculty, Catawba College. Instructed classes part time in the evening college in Earth Science, Physical Geology, Historical Geology, Methods of Science Instruction K-12, and Hands on Science for Elementary School Teachers. 

1992-1995 Instructor NC Outward Bound School. 

1994-1995 Instructor of an Elderhostel Program on the Geology of the Appalachian Mountains at Mars Hill College.

Since 1989 Mr. Barlow has been Teaching Astronomy and Geology at Mooresville High School and in 1995 American Odyssey was founded.  The first Summer Expedition  The American West - was accomplished the summer of 1996
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Expeditions in the American West have been accomplished during the years 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, two different 14 day trips in 2009 - Yosemite and Tetons-Yellowstone.  Alaskan Odyssey Expeditions have been offered in 2000, 2002, 2005.  The Blue Ridge Parkway 75th Anniversary End To End Cycling Tour was offered in 2010. 
Two Stormchasing and Extreme Weather Photography Tours are being offered for 2011.  

2007 March - Awarded the NC Advanced Professional Firefighter Certification.  Certificate Number #089  
North Carolina Fireman's Association 

When Mr. Barlow Retired from Public Education in June of 2008 he decided to return to the Blue Ridge Parkway and really see the entire Parkway by Backpacking the entire 479 Miles of the "Original Parkway" 
Backpacking The "Original Blue Ridge Parkway" Blog Site

Mr. Barlow was awarded the "Order of The Long Leaf Pine" when he retired from Mooresville High School in June of 2008.  The Highest Award that can be given for a civilian in the State of North Carolina for dedication and years of service.
Information on the Award is found on the State of North Carolina Governors Website.

Mr. Barlow is a the Chief of the Concord High School Fire Academy, Co-leader of the Concord Fire And Life Safety Reserve Program, and has served as a Captain with the Landis Fire Department and has served as a Firefighter - Emergency Medical Technician and Technical Rescue Specialist for 32 years.  Mr. Barlow is certified as a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician, CPR Instructor, Level II Instructor for the Office of the State Fire Marshal, High Angle Rescue Instructor, American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor, and has taken numerous classes in Tracking, Land Search and Navigation, and Survival.  Training dogs for Search and Rescue is one of his newest projects.  For a complete list of current certifications, click the link below.  Professional Memberships include: NC Society of Fire Rescue Instructors, NC Science Teachers Association, National Association of Geology Teachers, Association for Experiential Education ,  National Speliogical Society, Appalachian Trail Conference, Appalachain Mountain Club.  American Odyssey is currently working on getting our organization certified by the American Mountain Guides Association.