DIRECTOR OF INSTRUCTIONAL SERVICES - LETTER TO COMMUNITY
Dear Barker School Community,
It is an honor to introduce myself as the new Director of Instructional Services/Assistant Principal at Barker Central School District. I am excited to join this extraordinary school community. I can assure you that I share in the Barker commitment to caring for our children each and every day while providing them a world-class learning environment.
I come to Barker as a seasoned educator, but in addition to my role as an educator, I am first and foremost a father and husband. My son Jackson is a 7th grader in the Spencerport Central School District in Spencerport, NY. My wife Darlene is a school social worker, also in the Spencerport Central School District. We have been married for 19 years and have both committed our professional careers to serving students and families. I grew up in an area much like Barker – the small, rural community of Weedsport, in Cayuga County.
This school year marks my 25th year in education. Since graduating from the University of Rochester with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology & a Masters Degree in Counseling and Human Development and St. John Fisher College with a Masters Degree in Educational Administration, I have served under-privileged and under-resourced students in the Rochester City School District in Rochester, NY as a School Counselor, Registrar, Student & Family Support Center Coordinator, Coordinator of Attendance and Community School Coordinator/Assistant Principal.
The Director of Instructional Services/Assistant Principal role here at Barker provides me the chance to work collaboratively with parents, students, staff and the community on a daily basis, while also remaining connected to students learning and growing in the classroom. I firmly believe that every child can excel and that the partnership between home and school builds confidence in students to use their powers to shape their future and the future of our community and our nation. I bring a strong passion for academic excellence, personal growth, and a safe and inclusive learning environment.
My conversations with district staff and families over my first four weeks in the district have brought me privileged insights into the core beliefs and values that underlie the Barker Central School District. With my goal of continuing the tradition of excellence here at Barker, I am committed to always exploring new ways to meet the needs of all students and to more effectively communicate with parents and community members.
I have felt welcomed my first several weeks and look forward to continuing to immerse myself in everything Barker! I feel that I have found a home here at Barker and am excited to work with you all.
Please know that my door is always open to you. I heartily welcome your conversation and input throughout this year. Let us always keep our students the primary focus of our work. I look forward to celebrating our collective successes during the remainder of this school year and moving forward over the years!
Director of Instructional Services/Assistant Principal