From Coweta County Schools Press Release

Students from East Coweta High School honored Coweta Superintendent Steve Barker with original artwork, marking Barker’s term as the Georgia Superintendent of the Year.

Teacher Georgie McMillan and several of her Advanced Sculpture students presented Barker a foil relief artwork with Barker’s name and “PRIDE” featured on it. Students created the artwork through a process of building up of textures and cut shapes, then layering the frame with metal foil, ink and paint, and gold leaf to highlight all of the schools in Coweta county and other spots.

Students Molly Mata, Hallie Miller, Grace Hall, Zane Feltman, McMillan and East Coweta Principal Steve Allen presented the honor to Barker at the September 11 Board of Education meeting.

“I’m extremely moved by this presentation,” Barker said, thanking the students and McMillan.

“The day-to-day work in our schools, where our students are thriving, is the core of what we do,” he said.  “To have these students and their teacher present me with their own work is the most meaningful recognition I could receive.”

McMillan said she and her student “discussed the idea back when Dr. Barker was named Superintendent of the Year.”

“We decided that the Eagle was a perfect symbol for freedom, courage and leadership,” said McMillan” I felt that it was important to include “P.R.I.D.E.” in it because of the great pride Dr. Barker shows as the leader of Coweta schools.”

McMillan said that East Coweta uses “PRIDE” to promote student behavior leadership:
P: being prepared
R: being respectful
I: being involved
D: being determined
E: being encouraging

Barker was named Georgia’s 2018 Superintendent of the Year by the Georgia School Superintendent’s Association (GSSA) in December, 2017.

“I definitely know this man’s heart,” said East Coweta principal Steve Allen.  Allen said he has known and worked with Barker since 1997.  “He is a man of faith.  I know I and other administrators can reach out to him at any time. I know he is 100 percent committed to doing the right things for students and staff.”

“Dr. Barker genuinely cares about kids, parents, our employees, and our county,” said Allen.  “He is passionate about what he does. He understands these students are our greatest asset, and he knows that if our schools fail, then our whole community would suffer…. I would put him up against any superintendent in the country.”

East Coweta High School students and staff present student artwork to Coweta Superintendent Steve Barker at Tuesday’s Coweta County Board of Education meeting.  From left to right are East Coweta High art teacher Georgie McMillan, Principal Steve Allen, student Molly Mata, Hallie Miller, Barker, student Grace Hall and Zane Feltman.