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Barry Preston

Academic Coach + English Tutor

  • Areas of Focus: 

    • College readiness & success

    • Preparing college application essays

    • Tutoring in Secondary Language Arts


  • Teaching Experience: 

    • Certified Teacher in Secondary English Language Arts

    • 20 years experience teaching at Highland Park High School

    • 25 years as a classroom teacher in Texas and Tennessee

    • Taught High School Pre-Advanced Placement, Talented & Gifted, and standard-level Language Arts curriculum

    • Expertise in teaching essay writing and literary analysis for all levels of secondary and college English


  • Professional Coaching Experience: 

    • Certified Professional Coach (Master Level)

    • International Coaching Federation Member

    • Specialized training in Character Strengths Coaching and Acceptance and Commitment Coaching


  • Selected Honors/Recognition: 

    • Park Cities Talented and Gifted HPISD “TAG” Teacher of the Year, 2024

    • HPISD Professional Achievement Award, 2000-2010, 2021 

    • HPHS Teacher of the Year, 2005

    • Phi Beta Kappa


  • Education: Doctoral degree from SMU, Teaching Certification through UT Dallas, Masters degrees from UNT and Vanderbilt, Bachelor’s degree from TCU


  • When he’s not working, Barry enjoys watching movies, playing board games, and going to festivals with his wife, Natalie, and his son, Evan. Otherwise, he’s writing, reading, or recovering from cleaning up the latest mess made by his beagle, Dodger.

Barry Preston
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