A native of Winston-Salem, Gardner Barrier is a member of the Forsyth Country Day School Class of 1997. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech, his MBA from Wake Forest University, and his master’s degree in education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Gardner returned to FCDS as Head of School in July 2016 after 15 years of teaching and leadership positions at independent schools. He served as Assistant Head of School at Westchester Country Day School, a pre-K-twelfth grade independent school in High Point. Prior to coming to FCDS, he served as Upper School Director and Assistant Head of School at Summit School. Gardner has also served as an adjunct professor in the School of Business at Wake Forest from 2008-2016.
Gardner has taught various math and social studies courses over the years, welcomes the opportunity to play chess with students, has started and led several clubs and club programs, has coached various sports, and simply loves working with young people. In his words, “The Chinese proverb nails it – if you do something you love, you never work a day in your life! I love spending my days the way that I do!”