Mr. Richard Money, Principal
Hello Tiger Families,
I am excited to be a part of the Mount Pleasant Family! It is an honor to serve the students, faculty, and a community that exhibits the mantra of “One Town, One Team”. Mount Pleasant Middle School is a wonderful place that seeks to educate the whole child through building positive and impactful relationships, providing engaging and meaningful instruction properly aligned to standards, providing memorable experiences that foster a desire for lifelong learning, and celebrating student success and character.
Originally from Elkin, NC, I attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Go HEELS! My teaching career began in Fayetteville, NC where I was a high school history teacher and basketball coach. I joined Cabarrus County Schools in 2012 where I taught at the Early College High School. I participated in the North Carolina Principal Fellows Program and attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where I also served as a Principal Intern at Harris Road Middle School. Since then, I have served as an administrator at Hickory Ridge Middle School and Concord Middle School. In 2020 I became the Principal at Mount Pleasant Elementary. In March of 2022, I was honored to become the Principal of Mount Pleasant Middle School.
My wife, who is also a Cabarrus County Schools educator, and I love being a part of the Cabarrus County community. We enjoy exploring the area, traveling, and spending time with our dog Max. I am looking forward to a great year ahead. Go Tigers!
Mr. Andy Maness, Assistant Principal
My name is Andy Maness and I have had the great privilege of being an assistant principal here at Mount Pleasant Middle School for seven years now. I had an unusual childhood living around the world with a father that served in the army as an army chaplain. My mother was an elementary school teacher. After traveling with my father as an “Army Brat”, I settled back in North Carolina and attended High Point University, obtaining a degree in Psychology. After graduation, I worked 12 years as an insurance claims adjuster. I found my calling when I moved into education and became a special education teacher at Archdale Trinity Middle School. After four years in the special education classroom, I obtained my license to teach math and taught math at Lincoln Academy in Greensboro, followed by three years at Southwest High School. I met my lovely wife Heather and moved to be with her in Kannapolis and taught at Harris Road Middle School.
I earned a Masters in School Administration from Appalachian State University and I have served as an assistant principal here at Mount Pleasant for my administrative career.
I have two daughters that are both involved in education. My daughter, Mandy, presently works in a pre-k school in Graham, while my daughter, Molly, is a first-grade teacher at Our Lady of Grace in Greensboro. My wife works at CMTA, an engineering company in Charlotte.
I keep busy outside of school playing soccer and going to the gym. I’m also a competitive bagpipe player and am a member of Jamestown Pipes and Drums.
It is going to be a great year here at Mount Pleasant. I look forward to meeting all my new students in 6th grade as they transition to middle school.
Logan Barrier, Assistant Principal
I am from New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, which is a small town just north of Pittsburgh, PA that is very similar to Mount Pleasant. I played Division 1 basketball on a full athletic scholarship at Davidson College. I graduated from Davidson with my Bachelor of Arts in 2012. While continuing my education at UNC Charlotte to obtain my K-6 teaching certification, I worked at the Community School of Davidson teaching 5th grade, 8th grade math, and coaching the JV and Varsity girl’s basketball teams.
Once I earned my teaching certification I began working in Kannapolis City Schools at Fred L. Wilson where I taught 4th grade for five years. During my time in Kannapolis, I earned my Master of School Administration degree through East Carolina University. Upon completion of that program, I got hired in Cabarrus County Schools as the Dean of Students at Mount Pleasant Middle School in 2020. I am now one of the Assistant Principals at Mount Pleasant Middle School embarking on my 3rd year here. I am currently enrolled at East Carolina University and working towards my doctoral degree.
I am married to Shaun Barrier and we have two boys, Lipe, who will be three in October, and George who is one. We love being a part of the Mount Pleasant community, especially since my husband and his family have deep roots planted here. We spend a lot of time outside hiking the local thread trails, swimming in the rivers and lakes, playing on the farm, and supporting all the local businesses in town.
Thank you so much for sharing your children with me, each day. I love serving this community and I am looking forward to an engaging and positive school year!