Rob Bare graduated from NL in 1986. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Health and Physical Education from Messiah College in 1991, as well as a Master of Health Education degree from Penn State Harrisburg in 1997. Bare has been a Health & Physical Education Teacher at Ebenezer Elementary School (Cornwall Lebanon School District) for 28.5 years, and he has coached Cross Country and Track & Field teams for 29 years. As the Cedar Crest Boys' Track & Field Coach, Bare has led his teams to over 200 wins. For 25 years, he has coordinated the Jump Rope For Heart/Kids Heart Challenge at Ebenezer, helping students to raise $736,000 to fight heart disease. In 2016, Bare was inducted into the Central Chapter of Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. He recently wrote a book, Braving Your Adversity, to honor his late wife's 15-year battle with breast, brain, lung, and liver cancers. It's a self-help book to share Tiffany's message of Hope, Faith, and Courage.
Bare currently resides in Lebanon, PA, and has two sons, Matthew and Zachary. Matthew is 23 years old and serves in the United States Air Force. Zachary is 18 years old and a senior at Cedar Crest High School. In his free time, Bare enjoys working out - running, biking, and lifting weights. He has run 44,000+ miles in his lifetime. At the age of 18, he set a goal to run two times around the earth, which is approximately 50,000 miles. In just 4 - 5 years, he will accomplish that lifetime goal! Reflecting on his time at NL, Bare recalls that “the teachers and coaches I had at Northern Lebanon motivated and inspired me to be the best I could be. I'm a teacher and coach because of the mentors I had in high school. They challenged me to be better today than I was yesterday. I will always remember my classroom, athletic, and band activities from Northern Lebanon.” The following is Bare’s advice for current NL students: Take advantage of the opportunity you have at Northern Lebanon. I learned the importance of working hard at a very early age from growing up on a dairy farm. When your teachers and coaches challenge you, rise to that challenge. Anyone can do it on the easy days. But it is the true champions who reach deep into the well of fortitude on the toughest of days to pull up the best versions of themselves. Let's Go!