PORT CLYDE — Kathy Barker initially joined the Board of Trustees in 2018, but shortly after stepped down and gave a three year commitment in the role of executive director.

Her experience as a teacher of children, professor and teacher for adults, and in management and leadership brought growth and stability to Herring Gut Learning Center over the last three years. Barker led the small non-profit organization through the COVID-19 pandemic months, and continues to support the organization now as an active board member.

She served as principal, director of services and as a local educational leader. She also established international educational programs for students with disabilities and faced challenges and rewards of running a non-profit school.

After 39 years spent in public, private and state level education systems, Barker and her husband, Bob, retired to Spruce Head. Not ready to give up her passion for teaching and learning, Barker spent 18 months looking for a way to meaningfully contribute to an educational endeavor in her new community.

Then she met Herring Gut Learning Center. She was immediately drawn to the creative and important mission of the center as well as the opportunity to be part of a growing outreach to impact as many Maine students as possible.

Barker was honored with the Beekman Award of Leadership in Michigan for her quest for quality instruction for students of all abilities. She said her greatest satisfaction continues to come from watching the success and accomplishments of both students and faculty.

She is a member of Rockland Rotary and enjoys golfing and spending time with her grandchildren in her free time.