Anita Wilson appointed CHS Principal

posted 08/01/2012
By cshore,

The Board of Trustees voted unanimously to appoint Anita Wilson as the Caldwell High School Principal at their special board meeting held July 31, 2012.  Ms. Wilson thanked the board of trustees for their confidence in her new job responsibilities.

Ms. Wilson has 13 years of service in the district, of which 10 years has been at Caldwell High School. Ms. Wilson began her work in the Caldwell School District as a school counselor then moved into the vice principal position.  She states that she likes working with student to assist in their achievements.

Ms. Wilson’s goal is to make Caldwell High School a place where students want to come to learn, teachers come to teach and parents feel that they can come and ask questions.  Her focus will be to create high rigorous academic course offerings in which teachers feel supported by administration and create a good sense of community amongst students, teachers and parents.

Here is some information for you to get to know Anita.

Anita was born in Maryborough, Queensland, Australia.  This is located on the east coast of Australia. Anita attended public school until grade seven, and then attended a private Christian school.  She graduated from high school at age 16.  She was the first and only one in her immediate family to graduate from high school and college.

After high school graduation, Anita worked for her father for two years in the family grocery store in Australia.  At age 18 she was accepted to Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho.  She attended college there for four years and graduated with honors with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

After earning her undergraduate degree, Anita worked with children with autism and other disabilities and in retail while attending graduate school in counseling at Boise State University.

After earning her Master’s degree at BSU, she began working at Jefferson Middle School (then Jefferson Junior High School) as a school counselor.  She worked there for three years, and then moved to Caldwell High School as a counselor for five years.

While working at Caldwell High School, Anita returned to Northwest Nazarene University to pursue her administrative credential.  Following this, she became Assistant Principal at Caldwell High School and held that position for four years.

While a counselor at CHS, Anita co-facilitated Caldwell Youth Leadership.  This was a group of Caldwell High School and Vallivue High School juniors and seniors who participated in leadership experiences and community service projects.  Caldwell Youth Leadership ran in collaboration with community members from the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce, counselors from Vallivue and Caldwell High Schools, the Caldwell Police Department and the College of Idaho.

Anita serves on the Board of Directors for the Caldwell Foundation for Educational Opportunity for the past ten years.  The Caldwell Foundation for Educational Opportunity, Inc. (CFEO) was established in 1993 to receive, hold, invest and distribute funds for the benefit of Caldwell teachers and students.  Anita serves on the scholarship committee of the CFEO, and she organizes the Senior Honors Reception and scholarship assemblies at Caldwell High School where scholarships are given to Caldwell High graduates each year. Anita has been a guest speaker at the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership conference at the College of Idaho for the past three years.  This past year she was the keynote speaker and delivered an address on “Building a Global Community”.  HOBY’s mission is to inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation.

Anita is married to Will Barber who is the Lead Building Administrator at Skyview High School.  Anita has two step children who attend Caldwell Schools and a step daughter who attends Skyview High School.

News article available in the Idaho Press Tribune reported by Nick Groff (CHS Graduate).

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