Barker named assistant elementary school principal

adult poses for cameraLong-time pre-K teacher Kerri Barker will be the assistant principal at the new Broadalbin-Perth Elementary School, Superintendent of Schools Stephen Tomlinson announced Monday, June 22. Alongside principal Dan Casey, Barker will help lead B-P’s pre-K through grade 6 school when it opens in September 2020.

“I have had the pleasure of working alongside Mrs. Barker quite a lot over the years and know her to be an outstanding educator and teacher leader,” Casey said. “The positive relationships she has built among the B-P staff and the community at large, coupled with her enthusiasm and natural leadership ability will make her a great teammate as we work together with all Broadalbin-Perth staff, students and families to create a brand new elementary school.”

Barker has served in a number of leadership roles during her 20-year career at Broadalbin-Perth, including positions on building and district leadership teams, English Language Arts and math committees, and the Positive Behavior Intervention Systems (PBIS) committee. She has also chaired B-P’s Wellness Day committee for the past several years, planning and coordinating a day-long event each year for district employees. Most recently, Barker has served as vice president of the Broadalbin-Perth Teachers’ Association.

“As an educator, I have always been driven by the responsibility to advocate for my students and support them in all aspects of their educational journey,” Barker said. “Transitioning from the classroom to a leadership role seemed like a natural progression so that I could provide advocacy and support on a broader scale. B-P is my home, and I would not have wanted to take this next step in any other place but here. I am so excited to be able to work alongside a leader like Mr. Casey, and I am eager to support him in the creation of the long-awaited B-P Elementary School.”

Barker assumes her new role effective July 1.