age: 36 | Assistant Principal at Pleasant Grove Elementary | Pleasant Grove ISD
Between her 10-year-old son, the infants she cares for on Sunday mornings at First Baptist Church, and her 500 students at Pleasant Grove Elementary, children constitute a large part of assistant principal Ashley Barker’s life.
“I love being an assistant principal at Pleasant Grove because it allows me the privilege to be a part of the lives of so many wonderful students,” Ashley said. “It is such a blessing to see students grow and succeed throughout the year.” As assistant principal, Ashley is responsible for maintaining the highest level of instruction throughout the school. She also works hard to help the principal foster a safe, supportive campus culture that serves the school community.
Best advice you’ve ever received:
“WHEN YOU CAN’T CONTROL WHAT’S HAPPENING, CHALLENGE YOURSELF TO CONTROL THE WAY YOU RESPOND TO WHAT’S HAPPENING. THAT’S WHERE THE POWER IS!” – JAN WILCOX, ASHLEY’S MOTHER
Currently pursuing a doctorate in Education Administration at Texas A&M-Commerce, Ashley plans to continue along this career path for years to come. “I love going to work every day,” she said. “I want to continue my path in administration and be a strong educational leader for students, staff, and parents.”
When she’s not on campus, Ashley can likely be found either at First Baptist Church, where she and her family regularly attend and volunteer, or on the sidelines of the nearest athletic event, cheering on her son, Easton. “He has brought [my husband, Chris, and me] such joy and happiness,” Ashley gushed. “He has the kindest heart and sweetest smile.”
Name something about you that very few people know:
“On every movie, new or old, I always, always Google the entire plot before watching it! I have to know the ending! I will not share the ending or spoil it for others but I have to know! I am not much on surprises, I guess!”