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