Why choose Joel E. Barber for your career?


The goal of Joel E. Barber is building relationships with students and faculty in a way that encourages a lifetime of learning. We are here to educate our students with more than just book knowledge, we want to create productive and engaged citizens to ultimately improve whatever community they join. These goals start with our amazing staff. As a Buckskin you’ll quickly realize we’re not just here for a paycheck, we’re here to build each other up so we can build our students up. Joel E. Barber is the type of place where you look forward to coming to work and you have friends and family instead of just co-workers.

Joel E Barber Mission & Vision Statements:

Buckskins empower each other to:

      • Be the change
      • Be lifelong learners
      • Be productive citizens

Buckskins empower each other to:

      • Engaging learning experiences
      • Meaningful relationships
      • Success through personal growth

JEB Map with pictures of Bennett Spring State Park; Springfield, Mo.; Ha Ha Tonka State Park; Lake of the Ozarks; Downtown Lebanon, Mo.; and Silver Dollar City


In addition to the great working environment and family atmosphere offered at Joel E. Barber, our school is surrounded by the beauty of the Ozarks with a number of great places nearby to spend your time off. We are just a few minutes from beautiful Bennett Spring State Park and a short drive from Lake of the Ozarks, Pomme de Terre Lake, Truman Lake, Springfield and Branson. We are also located just a couple hours from St. Louis and Kansas City, making both locations an easy day trip with lots of activities to enjoy. Joel E Barber offers the unique advantage of living centrally located to a number of activities while still benefitting from the lower cost of living you find in a smaller town.


  • While we love our students and our fellow staff members, we all know the importance of time off. This is why one of the benefits our staff loves is having a 4-day school week with no school on Fridays.
  • Fully paid health insurance for employees with options to add family members at a reasonable cost is available to all full-time staff members.
  • Paid maternity leave
  • Vision and dental plans available
  • Retirement plans with matching funds
  • Staff wellness programs and incentives
  • Incredible community support for our school and staff
  • Ongoing professional development programs
  • Plenty of treats, gifts and goodies from our CTA and PTO organizations