SHE’S FROM US
AND SHE’S FOR US!
Barbara is a lifelong resident of Baton Rouge. She knows our neighborhoods, our families, and our concerns and hopes.
Born and raised in Baton Rouge, Barbara attended EBR public schools; graduated from Lee High School; and earned her B.A. in Education from Louisiana Tech University and her M.A. in English from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
After graduation, Barbara came back home and spent the next thirty years teaching in the classrooms of our community, including Glen Oaks High School, Lee High School, and the LSU Lab School. She then served ten years as Education Administrator for the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. After leaving the BESE Staff, she worked as Coordinator at Advance Innovative Education and was a Program Manager of the Baton Rouge Transition to Teaching Program at the LSU Gordon Cain Center.
Concerned about needed change in our school district, Barbara ran for the EBR School Board, and was elected to office in 2010. As leader of a change-minded board, she and her colleagues expanded educational choices for students in the Parish by approving a select group of charter schools. With new leadership and the public’s support, she and the board she led stabilized the school board; implemented fiscal accountability; launched the new, re-designed and re-purposed, Lee High; and designed the curriculum for a school focused on career-tech educational opportunities. Then in 2015, in an effort to get the School Board and the EBR Metro Council to work more closely on education issues, she ran and was elected as the Metro Council Representative for District 12.
Barbara Reich Freiberg and her husband, Mickey, have been married for 47 years. They are the parents of two grown children and are the proud grandparents of one grandchild. She is a member of the University Methodist Church and has been involved in numerous civic endeavors.
In 2013, Barbara was honored as a Volunteer Activist; and in 2016, the Baton Rouge Business Report named her as an “Influential Women in Business” recipient.
University United Methodist Church
LSU Ogden Honors College Advisory Council
Women In Management — Former President
Kids' Hope – Substitute Mentor
BREC Golf and Tennis Advisory Council
Academic Distinction Foundation (ADF) — Program Advisory Board
Foundation for East Baton Rouge Schools
Capitol Region Planning Commission
Team Baton Rouge Board
Rotary Club of Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge Business Report "Influential Woman in Business" (2016)
Baton Rouge Children’s Coalition – After School Advisory Committee
iCare Advisory Board
Urban Congress Delegate
Project Transformation Committee
Volunteer Activist Award - Rouge Speech and Hearing (2013)
Mayor’s Blight Committee
Mayor’s Education Committee- Co-Chair
EBR Council Blight Committee
Body Camera Study Group
Council Community Policing/Community Ambassador Program
Smart Growth Committee
Council Plan of Government Committee
National League of Cities — Council on Youth, Education, and Families
Baton Rouge Area Chamber Canvas participant
Member of planning team for EBR Career/Tech school at Ardendale
NLC University and Workshops-Community and Economic Development, Infrastructure, Smart Cities, and the Opioid Crisis
East Baton Rouge School Board - President
Louisiana Council of Teachers of English (LCTE) former State President
LSU College of Education — Outstanding Teacher Award
Business Week’s Award for Innovative Teaching
National Council of Teachers of English/International Reading Association, Standards Writing Committee
Louisiana Representative to the Interstate New Teacher Assessment, Support Consortium (INTASC) Performance Assessment Project
Louisiana State Department of Education, Language Arts Assessment, Frameworks Team
Louisiana State Department of Education, Content Standards Drafting Team