Kutztown Area High School Principal Barry Flicker talked with The Patriot during a recent distracted driving awareness program.
Thanking Student Council advisor Suzanne Mixa for the weeks of planning and working with Student Council to bring the Don’t Drive Distracted program provided by Lehigh Valley Heatlh Network to Kutztown, he said, “She empowers the students to own this activity. Students are benefiting from other students’ ideas and concepts to better themselves and they’re addressing issues that are relevant to themselves and could save a life.”
The new principal got into the action, trying out one of the distracted driving simulators, as did many Kutztown students.
Describing himself as a family man and father of two, he said, “We value family time. We like to instill in our children the importance of making good choices and being accountable.”
Prior to becoming Kutztown High School’s principal this fall, he was an assistant principal for a large high school in Central Pennsylvania. Prior to that he was a U.S. history teacher. He grew up in the Boyertown and Pottstown areas, “so this has always felt like home to me.”
“I always wanted to be in a small community like Kutztown,” he said. “The school has a great deal of history and tradition. People in the community are well engaged in the lives of each and everyone of the students and every student feels that they belong at Kutztown and in the community.”
One of his goals is to continue that engagement with the community, “that tradition and culture of family first. Kutztown High School and Kutztown community is a family. We’ll grow together, the students will grow just like their parents who went here before.”
When asked what makes him a good principal, he said, “I’m willing to learn and like a classroom teacher, you’re always trying to make education relevant to the students in front of you. As principal, you’re trying to make it relevant to all students as well as provide opportunities for your teachers to do the exact same thing in their classrooms.”
Crediting student success to parent involvement, he said Kutztown offers so many rich opportunities for students; athletics, activities, academic challenges, fine arts, “This school never sleeps.”