New Westwind principal has education in his blood

Westwind Elementary School’s new principal has school leadership in his blood — three generations of it.

Todd Newberry, who was announced as the new Westwind principal at a Frenship Independent School District board meeting in the spring, said both his grandfather and father were school principals.

“It gets in your blood, and you know what you’re going to do,” he said. His decision to follow in the family footsteps was reached as a mere second-grader.

His mother, Kay, was an elementary school teacher at Crestview Elementary School and Casey Elementary School. His father was former Frenship principal and Wolfforth Councilman Dan Newberry; he died a year ago.

Todd Newberry started school in Frenship as a kindergarten student and ultimately graduated from Frenship High School in 1990. During his high school years, Newberry was involved in football and golf.

After completing his undergraduate degree in elementary education at Angelo State University, he became a sixth-grade English teacher at what was then Bennett Intermediate School. Later he taught kindergarten at North Ridge Elementary School and was the assistant golf coach at FHS.

“That was my niche. I enjoy teaching young kids. It was a lot of fun,” Newberry said.

While at ASU, he met his wife, Kyra, a graduate of Slaton High School.

Newberry picked up a master’s degree in education management from the Lubbock campus of Wayland Baptist University.

Then he moved to Winters ISD, where he got his first experience as a school principal. Later, he moved to Muleshoe ISD, where he stayed for 10 years as a school principal.

Muleshoe, he said, was wonderful. His 13-year-old twin sons, Tyler and Kamron, and daughter, Addyson, 9, were very involved in the community. The boys were active in Scouting, 4-H and showing pigs.

But when the opportunity arose to come back to Frenship, he took it.

“This is home. Frenship is home. And that’s where we want our kids to be,” Newberry said.

He and his family will be completing the move from Muleshoe to Wolfforth this weekend.

He said he might someday even think about running for City Council in Wolfforth, because his dad had advised him to get involved in his community.

“I kind of take that to heart,” he said. “I’m all about giving back to the community I live in.”

He said he is interested in looking around FHS, which was just “one big H” back when he attended school there.

“They didn’t have the Tiger Pit, anything,” he said. “There are a lot more kids now at the high school.”

Newberry said he is heavily into Boy Scouts, an activity he shared with his sons, and now trains leaders of the Boy Scouts. He also still loves playing golf, but his main interests center around his children.

The principal admitted to once dressing in a Mr. Incredible costume for school, and laughed off suggestions that it was a brave move.

“It’s not about your pride, it’s about finding fun and exciting things for kids. They love seeing me in that kind of role, in a human kind of role,” he said.

Newberry said for the first few weeks at Westwind, he’ll probably focus on learning Frenship procedures.

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