Born, raised and educated in Florida, Barbara A. Harvey has been involved in education in various areas. She began her career in 1961 as a teacher at Memorial Elementary School in Palmetto, and has since served the Manatee School District for 50 years, as a teacher at Palma Sola Elementary School, Assistant Principal at Palmetto Elementary School, Principal of Jessie P. Miller Elementary School, and Director of Elementary Education for the School Board of Manatee County. Mrs. Harvey retired in June, 1995 when she began work with the Educational Consultants Consortium, Inc. She was originally elected to the School Board of Manatee County in November, 1998.
Mrs. Harvey earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Bethune-Cookman College in 1961, a Master of Education Degree from Florida A & M University in 1965, and an Educational Specialist Degree from Nova University in 1982.
She sits on the board of several organizations. Her trademark is a compassion for pre-kindergarten and elementary children, and her tireless efforts as an advocate for all children has been recognized at the local, state, and national level.
Mrs. Harvey has six children, Natasha Kaye, Nadia Katina, Melissa Ann, Marquita, Meathor, and Alicia Waiters.