Barbara Hunsaker

With VCS Since


Campus Location

High School Campus


Director of Special Education (VINE)


Phone:  480.705.8888 x220

Church Affiliation

Sun Valley Community Church Gilbert


Barb grew up in the East Valley and has lived here for most of her life. She attended school in Mesa and attended Grace United Methodist Church throughout her childhood.

Barb celebrated 30 years of marriage to Joe Hunsaker last year by taking the KLOVE cruise to the Bahamas. Together they have two adult children: J.T., age 24 and Jon, age 22. She enjoys spending time with family and friends playing games. She also enjoys spending time up north with friends at their cabin and visiting relatives in Albuquerque and Chicago. Random trivia she wants you to know: “We have a box turtle and 3 desert tortoises that live in our backyard at our home in Gilbert.”

Barb has been an educator for 31 years. Prior to working at Valley, she was an Assistant Principal and Principal at Bethany Christian School for 13 years. Before working at BCS, she worked implementing the Success for All Reading Program as a teacher/trainer for 9 years. At the start of her career in education, she taught in various special education classes: self-contained and resource. In addition to teaching and directing VINE, Barb helps with “Bridges,” an organization created to bridge students who are in the VINE program, with students who are not. This helps students promote positive friendships and relationships with one another. She also serves on the Administrative and Academic Teams and loves attending Fine Arts and athletic events to support Valley students.



Northern Arizona University, Bachelor of Science in Education (Dual major in Education K-8, Special Education K-12)

Wichita State University/University of Phoenix/University of New Mexico, Graduate work in Educational Administration and Special Education

Barb holds an Arizona teaching certificate in regular and special education, as well as a Standard ACSI certificate in administration