Dr. Channa Barrett, Principal

Dr. Channa Barrett, Principal 

Dr. Channa Barrett is currently in her second year as principal of Austin Middle School. Previously, she spent four years as the Area Principal of STEM and Advanced Academics at James Bowie High School leading the Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and Dual Credit (DC) programs. Through her work at Bowie, she concentrated her team's efforts in gaining distinctions, increasing the “Meets” (+12 points) and “Mastery” (+16 points) performance levels on the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR).

 Dr. Barrett served on the Arlington ISD's College, Career, and Military Readiness Team participating as an advisor for secondary schools through the Advanced Academics Action Consortiums. Additionally, Dr. Barrett was appointed to serve on the Texas Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) Streamlining Committee tasked with making recommendations to the State Board of Education (SBOE) on modifications of science TEKS. 

 Dr. Barrett’s professional strengths are building Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) and academic teams. Through her work at James Bowie High School (Arlington ISD), she developed an Instructional Model Guide (IMG), a per six weeks implementation guide for PLCs. Through her work at Oscar Dean Wyatt High School (Fort Worth ISD), she implemented weekly professional development seminars on topics such as Presenting Instructional Content, Lesson Structure and Pacing, Questioning, Academic Feedback, Grouping Students, Teacher Content Knowledge (Subject-Matter Knowledge- SMK), Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK), Thinking, Problem Solving, and Developing Instructional Plans. Also through her work at FWISD, she lead schools (Oscar Dean Wyatt High School, Dunbar High School, Carter Riverside High School) in the development of freshman academic teams in an effort to improve graduation rates. 

 She received a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Oklahoma, a Master of Education degree from University of Texas at Arlington, a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Texas Christian University, and a Texas Superintendent Certification from Lamar University. Most importantly, her greatest task will be building relationships with AMS Faculty, Staff, Parents, and Community Members. She believes, "Together, we CAN and we WILL increase student achievement across all disciplines and grade levels at Austin."