About the teacher

    About the TeacherBrett Rylie

    Hello.  My name is William Barber, and I am a World History and American Government Teacher at Mount Pleasant Area High School.  I have been teaching at Mt. Pleasant Area for 22 years and prior to that i taught at IU#7 and Southmoreland Area High School. 
    I really enjoy presenting the students with the different topics in social studies.  I feel that  we must entertain the students and make the most out of their learning experience!  I hope that I instill in each student a sense of confidence in social studies, as well as a liking to it! 
    I reside in Greensburg with my wife Kristen, son Brett, and Daughter Rylie.  We have an Airedale Terrier named Cooper and a Yellow Lab named Crosby.  I was born and raised in Mt. Pleasant and my family still resides in Mt. Pleasant.
    My educational career began at Mt. Pleasant Area High School, and continued at Thiel College where I obtained a B.S. in Psychology and Secondary Education.  I went to Cailifornia University of Pa and received my M.Ed. in the area of Mentally and Physically Handicapped.  
    I was a proud member of the 1986 WPIAL Championship football team and played four years of varsity football in college. After graduation I starting coaching varsity football at Mt. Pleasant under Ed Dalton.  I continued to coach varsity football at Hempfield and Franklin Regional.  I presently am the Head 9th grade football coach and Junior High track coach.  I coached seventh, eighth, and ninth grade basketball for 22 years at  Mt. Pleasant and junior high baseball for two years.    I  really enjoy coaching the kids and seeing their dedication and commitment that they exhibit day in and day out.  I am also the Senior High Student Council sponsor for the school.  I am very proud of the students in this organization for the positive work that they do in the community and in the school.  We have donated over $17,000 to various charities over the past nine years.  We have a very big Toys for the Children program that distributes about 1500.00 worth of toys each year. 
    I hope this page has given you some information to help know me better as a person.  If I had to do my life over again, I know in my heart that I would again choose teaching social studies as my profession.  This is nothing more satisfying than seeing a student's face light up because they realize that they understand what you are talking about and teaching!