By TYLER MASK
Mineral Wells Junior High School will start a new school year in August with a new principal, but a familiar face.
Junior high Assistant Principal Wendell Barker was officially reassigned last week as the school’s new principal.
Earlier this month, MWJH Principal Kelly Wilkerson was reassigned to Mineral Wells ISD Director of Elementary Education and Federal Programs.
Regarding the reassignment, Barker said he is excited and filled with ideas.
“I am very excited,” Barker said. “I had a vision that I have some things that I want to make better and improve upon. That is where my focus is right now, trying to determine things that are going well and things that we can improve upon. I feel very blessed to be able to serve the community in a broader scope.”
Barker’s career in education began in Mineral Wells at Houston Elementary where he taught grade two for a year before being asked to loop up with his students to grade three. From 2002 to 2007, Barker remained teaching third grade.
In 2006, he began pursuing his master’s in Education in Guidance and Counseling. As a strategic career move Barker took a job in Springtown ISD, where he served as grades one through four counselor from 2007 to 2010. In 2009, he successfully completed his master’s degree.
But his love for Mineral Wells never died, and he found himself back in the district in 2010, teaching grades seven and eight for two years before becoming the MWJH counselor, assistant principal and now, principal.
Barker and MWISD Superintendent Gail Haterius both believe he is ready to fill the lead position at the junior high.
“I am definitely ready,” Barker said. “I feel like I have a vision for things that need to move forward. I am ready to hit the ground running.”