New elementary principal, Heather Barkley a product of Salina Schools

Meadowlark Ridge Elementary School in Salina will have a new principal next year, but she isn’t new to Unified School District 305 or this city she calls home.

Heather Barkley, who is a graduate of Salina Central High School, is an educator with 15 years of experience, most recently as the special education coordinator for Central Kansas Cooperative in Education (CKCIE).

Special education has been a passion for Barkley, and she said her experience in it has helped her understand the importance of looking at each student’s education.

“Special education has taught me that education needs to be individualized, even for students that aren’t necessarily diagnosed with a disability,” Barkley said. “Everyone needs to work at their own pace and everything that is successful for them.”

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