• Meet Brian Barringer!


    Brian Barringer’s Mapleton roots run deep. Before he was even old enough to enroll in school, he remembers hanging out in school gymnasiums with his father, longtime Mapleton Physical Education teacher, former boys basketball head coach, and Mapleton alumni, Paul Barringer.


    “Growing up, all I ever knew was Mapleton,” said Brian.


    Brian attended Valley View, John Dewey Middle School, and Skyview High School, graduating in 2004. He received a basketball scholarship to play for Metropolitan State University of Denver. In college, he explored several career options, from criminal justice to marketing, and admits his passion for education was not obvious at first.


    “I remember I had a conversation with my dad, and he told me I would be missing out on one of the best opportunities in life to not be a teacher and a coach,” said Brian. He majored in Human Performance and Sports with an emphasis in K-12 Physical Education. He later received his Master’s degree from the American College of Education.


    After his first day in the classroom, Brian realized his dad was right. He completed his student teaching at Meadow and accepted a teaching position there in 2011. After a full day of teaching, he would head to the field or court to train and inspire student-athletes as a basketball coach, football coach, and track coach. He coached all three sports for five years.


    Brian explored opportunities at other school districts for a few years but was anxious to return to Mapleton. In 2018, Brian accepted the position as the Assistant Director at Mapleton Early College High School.


    “I’ve never been to a place that felt more like home,” Brian said. “The relationships and the community are unlike anything else….everyone is on the same team and willing to support each other.”


    This fall, Brian became the director of Big Picture College and Career Academy. Mapleton opened Big Picture four years ago in response to the community’s rapidly growing interest in internship and entrepreneur-focused schools.


    “I came in with the mindset that it would be hard to make positive changes without building quality relationships based on trust. When students know you care about them, they are excited to come to school.”


    For Brian and the Big Picture team, it's been a year of many celebrations. Attendance rates are up, discipline rates are down, and students are working to create a positive and healthy school culture with programs like Sources of Strength.


    “We’re doing the right work, and I am so glad to be doing it at Big Picture College and Career Academy.”


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