Frenship graduate teaches at Muleshoe elementary school; named Man of the Year

By Jim Jarrett

Todd Newberry is a popular guy in Muleshoe.

The 1990 Frenship High School graduate threw out the first pitch at a youth baseball game, which is big in the small West Texas town, and recently was named Man of the Year by the Muleshoe Chamber of Commerce.

“He’s very involved with baseball, with Cub Scouts and the church,” said Brandi Angeley, chamber of commerce president, who helped select Newberry as Man of the Year. “… He really stuck out in our minds as being one of the ones who helps and does a lot with the kids.”

Todd Newberry is Dillman Elementary’s principal who fits into his daily activities the Cubmaster’s post, an active church lifestyle and time with his wife and three children.

Todd Newberry

• Age: 35.
• Family: Wife, Kyra; sons, Kamron and Tyler; daughter, Addyson.
• High school: Graduated from Frenship High School, 1990.
• Occupation: Elementary school principal.

He received the Man of the Year honor recently at the chamber of commerce banquet.

“I don’t know how I earned this. I just do what is right,” said Newberry.

Being a Man of the Year has its pros and cons. Throwing the first pitch for kids baseball was a minus.

He was a golfer in high school more used to swinging a sand wedge than throwing a baseball. “It was pretty scary. I didn’t want to throw a wild pitch,” he said.

He got it over the plate.

Newberry, a third-generation school administrator, has been a principal for six years at Dillman.

“Your good days outnumber the bad days, especially in elementary,” said Newberry. “With young kids, you can talk about your big toe and they’re excited about it. They love it. I love that enthusiasm for school and instill that in my staff.”

His father, Dan Newberry, was a school administrator in Frenship for 31 years. His grandfather, D.V. Newberry, worked in public schools in Hamlin.

“I think I learned from two great guys,” said Todd. “ … Both of them taught me the first thing you do when you go into a community is become involved and make sure you become a leader of the community.”

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