Dr. George Barnes, Superintendent
An administrative leader in education for 15 of his 20 years in the profession, Dr. Barnes has worked in Arizona as a leader in schools at all levels and as a professor for Arizona State University in his work with the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. Dr. Barnes has continued with his passion for building cultures of success for all students with his research focusing on school practices that help students identify with academic and social achievement. Dr. Barnes joined us last school year after a stint as an Assistant Superintendent in St. Louis working in the Ferguson area. As an Arizona resident, Dr. Barnes has worked with various community stakeholders to help connect the efforts of educators with additional support and to better engage students and families with a vision of generational growth. Dr. Barnes is energetic, enthusiastic, and competitive and he knows his purpose is directly connected to the success and development of students through schools and preparing generations as future leaders and change agents of their community.
Dr. George Barnes states, “Balsz is a district and community that has a rich pool of culture, traditions, and history. A footprint in Phoenix that is small enough to build relationships, attend events, and rest in a family, but a power that can make the state and beyond take notice. I envision being the largest fan, cheerleader, and coach as we celebrate our success from the mountain tops and continue to build in our community for decades to come.”