I am Deb Barnes, and I am proud to be the principal at Kutztown Elementary School. I have served the Kutztown community in this capacity since 2014. Prior to coming to Kutztown, I was a teacher (5 years) and administrator (7 years) in the Allentown School District. I started my career in Philadelphia, with the United Cerebral Palsy Association and at a cooperative, parent-owned nursery school.
I earned my master's degree in educational leadership from Lehigh University and my bachelor's degree in elementary education from Shippensburg University. I am currently enrolled in a doctoral program in educational leadership with a focus in creativity and innovation at Drexel University. After graduating from Shippensburg, I served in the United States Peace Corps as a Rural Child Health Volunteer in Thailand.
I currently live with my husband, Arlian, and dog, Jovie, in Upper Saucon Township. I have a grown daughter, Kala, who lives nearby. In my spare time, I enjoy to baking, reading, practicing yoga, and being outdoors.
I believe in developing children as readers, thinkers, and compassionate citizens. During my tenure at KES, I have focused on building community and providing students with the support necessary to be successful.
My door is always open. I appreciate your partnership as we work together toward success for your children.