Alicia Besh Barber was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. Ms. Barber attended the University of Montana, where she received her undergraduate degree in English Literature with an emphasis in poetry. During this time, she also received her Montana State Structure Fire Fighter Certification and worked for Frenchtown Rural Fire Department while going to school. She became a poet by day and fire fighter by night, winning the University of Montana Outstanding Volunteer Service Award. During her senior year of college, Ms. Barber completed a term of study in London, England. Post graduation, Ms. Barber solo toured on her bicycle up the Alaska-Canada Highway to return to Alaska, where she discovered Waldorf Education at Winterberry Charter School and started work as a Teacher’s Assistant. With the vision of returning back to Alaska as a Waldorf Teacher, she matriculated at the Antioch New England Graduate School receiving her Masters in Teaching and Waldorf Education.
Returning again to Alaska, Ms. Barber was hired as the Fifth Grade Teacher at Winterberry Charter School, taking her class to their eighth grade graduation. Ms. Barber then looped down the grades to teach the first and second grades. Now, as mother of two girls, Ms Barber coordinates enrichment opportunities for teachers, parents and the community that reflects Waldorf pedagogy. She provides support for teachers to help deepen Waldorf practices. Ms. Barber looks forward towards fostering the growth of Waldorf Education in her community every year.