Barbara Hixon Albright is the daughter of Betty Hixon of Fort Scott and the late Richard D. Hixon. She was born and raised in Fort Scott and attended local schools, graduating from Fort Scott High School in 1968 and Fort Scott Community College in 1970. From Pittsburg State University she received her BSED, MA and EdS degrees.

Barbara and her husband of 40 years, Ronald, have one daughter, Tonja Stockton of Raymore, Missouri, and two sons, Chip and wife, Jennifer, of Des Moines, Iowa; and Andrew and wife, Shanna, of Frontenac, Kansas. The Albright’s are the proud grandparents of five grandchildren. Barbara started her career in education as a First grade teacher at Winfield Scott Elementary School; taught Language arts and social science at Fort Scott Middle School; was Assistant principal of FSMS and became Principal of FSMS from 1995 to present. She is currently completing her thirty-first year at Fort Scott’s USD-234 in education.

She is a member of several civic organizations including Kiwanis , Bourbon County Arts Council, HPA, Chamber of Commerce, FSCC Alumni and Friends, Presbyterian Village Advisory Committee, Diamond Community Church Board of Trustees (Chair), Alpha Eta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma and Friends of Tri-Valley Board of Directors. She is also a member of several professional organizations for middle school administrators.

Barbara has earned many awards such as the KOAM Strong Leadership Award in 1999, the PSU Excellence of Teaching Award (1991), KAMLE Oasis Award (1991), Dale E. Hammons FSMS Teacher of the Year (1990), KAMSA Middle School Principal of the Year (2002-2003), Kansas Music Educators Association Honor Administrator (2008), and the PSU College of Education Clyde U. Phillips Distinguished Service Award – Administrator (2008).