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Joel Barbosa

Mr. Barbosa is a successful and proven administrator in both the Criminal Justice and Educational fields. Mr Barbosa is a Uvalde native and Class of 1992 Alum. 

Prior to returning back to his hometown, Mr Barbosa served a 20 year career with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice where he worked his way up from Correctional Officer to Senior Warden. He has further served as both Spanish and Criminal Justice teacher, Head Softball Coach, Assistant Football Coach, Campus Behavior Coordinator, Dean of Students and Assistant Principal. Mr. Barbosa has a variety of management experiences, including overseeing the administration of personnel and educational programs to ensure a safe, efficient and lawful operation of an educational institution. Mr. Barbosa possesses an extensive knowledge of  making decisions regarding the hiring, training, promotion, discipline, evaluation and dismissal of staff from a multicultural and diverse workforce encompassing all five generations in the workplace. Mr. Barbosa has been certified as an Agency Training Coordinator/Director by the US Department of Justice, National Institute of Corrections and has been extensively trained in the realm of Hostage Negotiations by Federal, State and local agencies. He is further certified at the State level to teach and train Hostage Negotiators. 

I am excited and honored to be back home. I can promise that your child will be treated with respect and we will work hard to provide the best educational experience that we can. We will leave no stone unturned and we will not give up on any student. We will find a way to help your student reach their full potential. I would like to share one of my favorite quotes by John C Maxwell. “A leader knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way”. Even though I may have been raised in what is now labeled as poverty, I never knew it. While my parents may have been uneducated Mexican immigrants, they never showed it. There is not a day in my life that I don’t remember where I come from. I guess that is why I chose this career or should I say this career chose me. Life has a funny way of humbling a man, and at this point in my life, I can honestly say I know who I was, I know who I am and I know who I want to be.”

Mr. Barbosa received his Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, and received his Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from Stephen F Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas. Mr Barbosa has been married to Norma Barbosa , a SPED Teacher at Uvalde High School for over 25 years and they have 4 children. Anyssa, 25 is currently a 3rd year law student at Texas Tech University, Anika, 23 is a graduate student at Jacksonville State University, Joel Jr, 21 a Senior Football player at Oklahoma Panhandle State University and Jacobo, a UHS alum, Class of 2019 who is currently a student at SWTJC.