Degrees and Certifications:

George Mason University BS Earth Systems/Geographical Analysis MS Education (Special Education Shenandoah University MS Administration and Supervision Certified Athletic Administrator

Mr. Ryan Barden

I am entering my 16th year in education. I have lived in Loudoun County my whole life and now reside in the Lightridge attendance zone. My wife, three children and I live on a small farmet just outside of Aldie proper. After graduating from Loudoun Valley High School I went George Mason University and was a Division I student athlete for the Patriots and received my B.S. in Earth Systems/Geographical Analysis. I later went into the construction trade and was one of the electricians that helped build Heritage High School in Leesburg. After a few years, I decided to take a postion back at George Mason in the athletic department, which allowed me to start taking classes towards a degree in Education. I was also a grad assistant/strength coach for wrestling while working on my degree. My first teaching job was at Annandale High in Fairfax County as a Special Education Math Teacher. During this time I finished my course work and received my Master's in Education. I later took a position in Loudoun County at Harper Park Middle School, which brought me much closer to home. I am returning to the classroom after being an Assistant Athletic Director at Loudoun Valley for ten years. I am looking forward to being a part of the Lightridge community for many years to come. Currently, I am teaching Precalculus and Computer Math as well as coaching wrestling.