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January 11, 2013

TCA in transition

Barber retiring from Willow Park school she founded 20 years ago

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“I remember the gravel parking lot and this small building that couldn’t even be seen from the highway,” she said. “[Trinity Bible Church] let us use some of their classrooms for instruction.”

The institution has flourished over the years, with a current enrollment of around 500 students in grades Pre-K-12.

While academics have continued to excel, new facilities have also improved the school, with a new gym, named the Fred and Marsha Barber Gym, unveiled in May of last year, and a new secondary building to accommodate student growth, which was completed in November of 2011.

Barber said the progress of Trinity Christian paralleled the growth of Willow Park.

“With all of the students we have now, it has given Willow Park a lot of physical benefits, as far as traffic and business,” she said. “We enjoy partnering up with our city. It’s something you definitely wouldn’t be able to do in a bigger city.”

After her retirement, Barber said she plans to do the usual things — relax, spend time with family and, eventually, get updated on what’s going on at Trinity Christian. But Barber still has that education itch, and plans to use her experience as a consultant for other institutions.

“I’ve been through the process, so I know what mistakes not to make now,” she said. “Hopefully, I can help others succeed like I’ve had the opportunity to.”

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