Barbara Covington’s professional career has been dedicated to working with students as a high school, middle and elementary school counselor. She previously taught Social Studies and Spanish at the middle and high school levels.
Originally from New Jersey, Mrs. Covington earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education/Social Studies from Rider University. A graduate assistantship allowed her to immediately begin studies to become a school counselor. Graduate school was paused when an awesome opportunity to join the American School of Mallorca as both school counselor and Social Studies teacher arose a year later. She moved to one of the most beautiful locations in the world, counseled and taught American and international students, became fluent in Spanish and travelled all over Europe during her two years there.
Upon her return to the U.S., Mrs. Covington earned a Masters Degree in Guidance & Counseling from Rider University and worked for 10 years as a school counselor in NJ.
Mrs. Covington and her family then relocated to beautiful upstate NY, where she was a middle school counselor, taught Spanish and facilitated parent education programs. In 2005, a brand new high school in Lee County recruited her to create its high school college guidance program, so they left the beautiful, yet cold upstate Albany, NY winters for sunny southwest Florida. As part of the leadership team for the new high school, Mrs. Covington helped create an innovative high school guidance program that offered academic and college readiness opportunities for its growing population, and successfully helped many southwest Florida students earn college acceptances and scholarships to attend colleges and universities in Florida and across the United States. . Most recently, she has worked with non-traditional high schools in southwest Florida, guiding and advising students to earn high school diplomas and attend post-secondary institutions.
Mrs. Covington and her husband enjoy traveling, boating, the beach and attending theater productions.
Mrs. Covington is honored to join the faculty at Florida SouthWestern Collegiate High School and looks forward to working with students and families.