Eric Barna, a member of the Hobart Class of 1986, will be the principal at Locust Grove Middle School in Orange, Va. He is currently the eighth grade assistant principal at Grace E. Metz Middle School in Manassas City. He came to Metz after spending two years as an assistant principal at a high school in Rockbridge County. “My father and grandfather had both been history teachers, and I just didn’t think it was for me,” Barna said. “I’m still not sure what drew me in, but the first day I stood in the front of a classroom full of kids, I knew that this was where I belonged.”
Barna's story was detailed in the article “Board names new middle school principal,” from the Dec. 19 Orange County Sentinel (Orange, Va.).