New Pupil Services Director Appointed

Middle School Principal to become

Director of Pupil Services

   The Hamburg Central School District announces the appointment of Jennifer Barker as Director of Pupil Services, effective July 1. She was appointed to the position on May 14th by the Hamburg School Board.

    Mrs. Barker, who has served as Hamburg Middle School Principal for the past nine years, will continue in that capacity through the school year, while working with Interim Pupil Services Director James Maloney to transition into the new job, visit in-district special education programs and meet with Pupil Services staff. The staff includes special education teachers, school counselors, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, physical therapists and speech pathologists.

   Superintendent Michael Cornell said that Mrs. Barker stood out among the applicants for the Director’s post based on her knowledge, experience and accomplishments in a variety of capacities since joining the district in 1998. That background has prepared her well for the responsibilities ahead in overseeing resources and services for students with special needs.

   “Her proven experience as a leader who is expert, visible and engaged; her commitment to being a true servant leader to the professionals in Pupil Services; and her constant and intense focus on assuring modern learning experiences for all children made it clear that she is the right person to serve as the next leader of the department,” Mr. Cornell said.

   “We couldn't be more excited to have Mrs. Barker join the Pupil Services Department Team,” added Colleen Kaney, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services, Curriculum & Instruction. “Mrs. Barker's knowledge and commitment to the Hamburg Schools and community will allow her to make a smooth transition that will focus on the success of our team and students with special needs."

   In her new role, Mrs. Barker will provide leadership in specialized instruction, individualized education program (IEP) development and special education regulations.

   “As the leader of Pupil Services, it is my job to ensure that specialized instruction is tailored to meet the specific needs of our unique learners,” Mrs. Barker said.

   One of her first-year goals is to shape a unified, Grades K-12 special education department and to collaborate with the Pupil Services team to create a learning plan.

   Before becoming a Principal in 2010, Mrs. Barker served as Assistant Principal at the Middle School and Union Pleasant Elementary. During her tenure, she was also Director of Camp Hamburg and teacher on special assignment in The Learning Center. She started with the district as an earth science teacher at the High School.

   She holds a master’s degree in education/administration and supervision from Niagara University, master’s in education from SUNY Buffalo, bachelor’s in secondary education/earth science from Buffalo State College and bachelor’s in environmental studies from SUNY Buffalo.

-- May 14, 2019

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