New River Crest principal namedThe Hudson Board of Education has approved the hiring of Travis Barringer as the new principal of River Crest Elementary School beginning this summer.
The Hudson Board of Education has approved the hiring of Travis Barringer as the new principal of River Crest Elementary School beginning this summer.
Superintendent Mary Bowen-Eggebraaten recommended Barringer at the March 9 school board meeting. He will replace Pat Hodges who will retire as River Crest’s principal at the end of June.
Barringer is currently on a two-year teaching sabbatical from South Washington County Schools in Minnesota, teaching fourth grade at the Jakarta International School in Indonesia. Prior to his sabbatical, he served as a district-level K-12 math and science specialist and an interim assistant principal of a South Washington County elementary school with 900 students.
The superintendent said Barringer will bring strong curriculum, instruction, and assessment skills to the District. In a press release from the district, Barringer described himself as “using a collaborative approach that includes individuals representing all stakeholders in a transparent process with regular communication.” He said he weighs administrative decisions against what is best for the students, underscoring that student learning is the ultimate responsibility of a school.
When asked about preparing students for the future, Barringer said, “Schools are now preparing students for a world that does not currently exist. We know that students will need to posses 21st Century skills in order to be well prepared for life after their K-12 education. We need to prepare students for higher education as an expectation and not as a hope. All students will need to be able to collaborate, work effectively in groups, share processes and skills and not just content. Schools should focus on digital literacy, global perspectives, community partnerships, and responsible use of resources.”
Bowen-Eggebraaten described Barringer as, “a talented educational leader whose knowledge and skills closely align with the school and district direction. We were attracted to his out-going personality and impressed by his professional knowledge. He brings international experience that will enhance our global literacy goals. His commitment to environmental sustainability and science background make him a perfect fit for River Crest.”
In addition to his South Washington County School District position Barringer has taught fourth and fifth grade, and has experience leading adult training and professional development.
Barringer was recommended as a final interview candidate by interview teams made up of River Crest teachers, support staff, parents, elementary principals, and district administrators. He was unanimously chosen by the elementary principal team and district administrators from the recommended pool of final candidates and was described as exceeding all other candidates.