Mark Anthony Barela-Eubank
Desert Willow Elementary School | Principal
Educational Leadership Doctoral Program, NMSU
Masters of Education, ENMU
Bachelors of Music Education, ENMU
FOCUS: What made you decide to enter the field of education?
BARELA-EUBANK: As a child, I learned quickly the importance of acquiring a good education from my parents. When I came of age to join the band program, I jumped at the opportunity to become a part of such a wonderful program that has followed me throughout my years. I knew that teaching would become my future. Through my personal journey as a music teacher for 11 years, I discovered within myself a strong passion of becoming an advocate of education for our community, leading me to serve as an education administrator for the past 13 years.
FOCUS: Tell us a little bit about your professional background and your role in education?
BARELA-EUBANK: After graduating high school in 1990 from Clovis High School, I attended West Texas State University in Canyon, Texas and majored in Music Education. In 1991, I accepted my first professional job as a performer in the musical drama TEXAS, which was supported by the Texas Panhandle Heritage Foundation.
I transferred to Eastern New Mexico University in Portales in 1992 and continued my studies in music education. In 1994, I became the assistant music director for TEXAS Musical Drama in cooperation with West Texas A&M University, after completing a Bachelor of Music Education degree. I served in this capacity for 10 seasons and worked as an office assistant for the Lone Star Ballet Company in Amarillo, Texas.
A chance to teach brought a move to Eunice in 1997. While in Eunice I was honored to have the opportunity to conduct the Eunice High School Band in Washington, DC for the 100th Anniversary of the Washington Monument, representing the State of New Mexico at this memorial event.
In 1999, I moved to Hobbs, New Mexico and taught middle school band for Hobbs Municipal Schools and continued teaching voice at New Mexico Junior College. At that time, I began working on a Master Degree in Education at Eastern New Mexico University.
My professional journey led me to Carlsbad in 2002, where I accepted a music teaching position at the newly chartered Jefferson Montessori Academy (JMA). While at JMA, I continued my studies online at Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts, receiving a second master’s degree in 2003, this time in Integrative Learning.
Later, I became an elementary music teacher for Loving Municipal Schools where I continued to expand their fine arts program, and then in the Fall of 2007 I became the Principal at Loving Elementary School and served as the Director of Federal Programs and Bilingual Education for Loving Municipal Schools. Finally, in 2012, I was offered and accepted a school principal position for Carlsbad Municipal Schools.
FOCUS: Please tell us about any awards you have received for your work in education.
BARELA-EUBANK: II was recognized by the League of United Latin American Citizens as Educator of the Year in New Mexico at the LULAC State Convention in Albuquerque in 2010. The same year I also received recognition in the Who’s Who Among American Teachers program and recognition from the New Mexico Public Education Bilingual and Multicultural Program.
The University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) recognized me for the contributions I’ve given in educational leadership, and published two articles that were presented at the UCEA National Convention in 2012.
In 2013, I was selected to participate in the second third cohort of the New Mexico Coalition of Education Administrator’s Aspiring Superintendent’s Academy for which completed in spring 2014.
At the New Mexico Coalition of Educational Leaders 2014 Summer Conference, I was presented with one of the highest honors as an educational leader. I received the 2014 New Mexico Administrator of the Year Award by the New Mexico Association of Elementary School Principals (NMAESP).
I was awarded the 2015 Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide Award for exemplifying leadership and achievement in my profession.
FOCUS: What is special about the Carlsbad educational system?
BARELA-EUBANK: “Excellence Today, Opportunity Tomorrow!” serves as the Vision Statement for Carlsbad Municipal Schools. Carlsbad’s educational system is unique in that we serve a very diverse population of students and families that have moved into our community from a number of countries from around the world. As the oil and gas industry continue to flourish, CMS is working towards meeting the educational needs of all students attending our schools. Professional Learning Communities are providing our administrators, teachers and staff with professional learning opportunities to improve instructional practices in the classroom to meet the learning needs of our students. Through collaboration, our school community will continue to thrive towards continuous improvement of our educational system in Carlsbad.
FOCUS: What do you want people to know about your school, its educators and the work they do, that perhaps they might not know about or understand?
BARELA-EUBANK: The mission of Desert Willow Elementary is to provide each scholar the opportunity to experience social, emotional and academic success through a safe and supported environment. I’m honored to serve as the principal of this wonderful school in our community. The students, teachers and administration are passionate about their love of learning, which was recently reflected in our school grade move from a “D” to a “B”.
FOCUS: What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
BARELA-EUBANK: The most rewarding aspect of my job is to watch my students grow up and become successful in their lives, whether they graduate from college or go into the work force. I desire for my former students to give back to their communities and to let them know that each and every one of them have made a positive impact in my life.
FOCUS: Do you have a motto or saying that you live by?
BARELA-EUBANK: Motto: “Live one day at a time…Un día a la vez que vivimos!”
Philosophy: “I am an educator. At the heart of my being is the desire to guide, support, and enable others to achieve personal success…”