Brian Barnes, Assistant Principal of Henry MS in Cedar Park, has been selected to represent the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP) as the Region 13 Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year. As the Region 13 winner, Barnes is eligible to compete for the state title of Texas Assistant Principal of the Year.

HMS Principal David Ellis said Barnes excels at establishing relationships with students, parents and teachers, and has been instrumental in the success of the school for the last four years.

“Brian is often seen surrounded by groups of students with fist bumps and laughter in abundance,” Ellis said. “His genuineness, sense of humor, knowledge of students, and extremely supportive leadership style are deeply appreciated by our staff.”

Ellis said that he is also grateful for Barnes’s strategic thinking, proactive approach to school improvement and his camaraderie.

Barnes has been an AP for nine years and a member of the leadership team at HMS since 2018. He attended Auburn Montgomery University, earning a Bachelor’s in business administration, as well as The University of Phoenix, earning a Master of Education in curriculum and instruction. 

TASSP recognizes outstanding principals and assistant principals from the 20 regional Education Service Centers in the state. School administrators are nominated and chosen by their peers within their regions. Nominations are based upon exemplary performance and outstanding leadership.Each of the region winners will be recognized during the Josten’s Night of the Stars Awards Dinner held in conjunction with the TASSP Summer held each year in June in Austin. They will each be presented with an award and recognized in a commemorative book entitled Texas Principals, Texas Heroes.