Ron Briley is a history teacher here at Sandia Prep, as well as former Assistant Head of School. Briley was born in Childress, Texas and went on to attend West Texas State University in Canyon, Texas where he achieved both a B.S. and M.A. degree. In 1972, Briley came to New Mexico to pursue a doctorate at UNM and a few short years later he found his way to Prep. Beginning in the fall of 1978, Briley has been here for an outstanding 35 years. Briley first planned to only work at Prep for a year while he worked on becoming a college professor, but found that Sandia Prep was a much better fit for him. Briley found that he could be just as academic with Prep students as he could with students at the university, if not more. He also enjoys the opportunity that he has at Prep to pursue life-long relationships with Prep students and alums.
Aside from his hard work at Sandia Prep, Briley has also published five academic books and several hundred academic reviews and articles. He has enjoyed Fulbright scholarships to Japan, The Netherlands, and Yugoslavia. His teaching has been honored with awards from The Golden Apple Foundation of New Mexico, The Paul Gagnon Prize from The National Council for History Education; The Eugene Asher Distinguished Teaching Award from the Society for History Education; The Beveridge Teaching Prize from the American Historical Association; and the Tachau Pre-Collegiate Teaching Award from the Organization of American Historians.