Ryan Barnhart Named Principal of Tidwell
NISD’s Ryan Barnhart Named Next Principal of Tidwell Middle School
Posted on 03/10/2021
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Ryan Barnhart

Ryan Barnhart, an assistant principal at Northwest High School, was named principal of Tidwell Middle School at Monday night’s school board meeting. Barnhart will officially begin his new role at Tidwell in July but will have opportunities this spring to work alongside Tidwell’s current principal to transition.

“I am super excited for this opportunity,” Barnhart says, explaining how middle schools are a special place for him. “Through my teaching experience, I taught and coached at middle school, and I have a heart for kids in that age range. And I have always known that I wanted to be a middle school principal.”

Barnhart says he’s looking forward to learning more about Tidwell Middle School from the staff, students and families. “I’m excited to get on campus and get to know as many people as quickly as I can to build connections,” he says. “The main thing I want to do is listen. I want to assess the strengths and weaknesses so I can highlight the strengths and hear how I can help the campus grow.”

 “We are very excited for Ryan to lead Tidwell Middle School,” says Superintendent Ryder Warren. “He understands the Northwest ISD culture of putting kids first, taking care of each other, and delivering excellence for our students.”

Barnhart will take over the principal role from Justin Vercher who has been named principal of NISD’s new Berkshire Elementary School scheduled to open in August. Barnhart has served Northwest High School as assistant principal since 2017. Prior to that, he was an assistant principal in Aubrey ISD and was a teacher and coach in Prosper ISD, McKinney ISD and at Liberty Christian School. He has also served as an adjunct professor at Texas Woman’s University.

Barnhart earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Kansas. His degrees are in secondary English education and sports studies. He is married to Mary Kay Barnhart, a kindergarten teacher at Beck Elementary School. Barnhart says his family spends a great deal of time in the Roanoke area and they are looking forward to continuing to be a part of the community.