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Kim Barker named assistant superintendent for HR

A headshot of Kim Barker
Kim Barker

The Northwest ISD Board of Trustees has unanimously voted to name Kim Barker as the district’s assistant superintendent of human resources, elevating her from her current role of executive director in the department.

Mrs. Barker has served Northwest ISD families and staff for the past decade, both in campus and district leadership. In her role as executive director of human resources, Mrs. Barker has managed staffing of elementary and secondary schools, led districtwide recruitment and retention, and overseen the hiring and on-boarding of new employees.

She joined the district in 2012 as associate principal of Northwest High School before being named principal of Tidwell Middle School. Since 2017, she has served in her current role as executive director of HR.

Mrs. Barker said she is eager to serve in her new role, steering all aspects of finding the best candidates to educate students and support teachers.

“Ensuring our students have the best education possible begins with ensuring they have the best people educating and supporting them,” she said. “I love the team we’ve assembled across Northwest ISD, and I can’t wait to ensure our abundant student enrollment growth needs are met with only the best teachers and staff members.”

Throughout her career in leadership, Mrs. Barker has earned numerous accolades and recognition for both herself and Northwest ISD. Her team’s work contributed to the district earning Dallas Morning News Top Workplace distinction in 2019, and she has regularly led sessions at school administrator association conferences.

Prior to joining Northwest ISD, Mrs. Barker served as a principal in Victoria ISD as well as Decatur ISD. She began her career in 1998 in neighboring Keller ISD, where she taught students as an elementary teacher and earned the district’s Elementary Teacher of the Year award in 2003.

Mrs. Barker earned her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Texas at Arlington. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Baylor University.