Michael Barney has been director of Mass Academy since July of 2011, and is a leader in secondary school innovation. He began his teaching career at St. Bernard’s Central Catholic High School, where he taught math and computer science, and was an adjunct faculty member at both Fitchburg State University and Mount Wachusett Community College. Prior to working at Mass Academy, he served as assistant principal of Lunenburg High School before moving up to principal, a guidance counselor at Wachusett Regional High School, and was president of the Midland Wachusett Secondary School Administrators Association for many years.
He is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Consortium of Secondary STEM Schools (NCSSS) and currently serves as President of that organization. He is trained in the “Breaking Ranks” model of high school reform and has presented seminars at the Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators’ Association Summer Institute, NCSSS national conferences, and the Massachusetts STEM Summit.
Barney earned a BA in biology at Saint Michael’s College, and an MS in counseling and a CAGS in educational leadership and management at Fitchburg State University.
His hobbies include playing in a band, scuba diving, photography, and traveling.