Our Founder

Thomas Barker founded Project Schoolhouse in 2004 to build schools and water systems in rural Nicaragua communities

Thomas “Tab” Barker is a 1996 graduate of Carleton College with a degree in Economics. He spent 1997 teaching English as a second language in a small community in Costa Rica. During his time in Costa Rica he was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study Economics in Argentina where he spent all of 1998.

After extensive traveling through South America and Europe, he returned home to Wyoming in 2000. That summer he raised $20,000 and returned to Costa Rica to build two additional classrooms at the school where he had previously taught. The experience was motivating and in 2004 he founded Project Schoolhouse to continue that work, this time in Nicaragua. Mr. Barker possesses the linguistic abilities, organizational skills, and the knowledge to successfully oversee grassroots education projects in remote rural regions in Nicaragua.