Jay Barrett is principal at both Amarillo Area Center for Advanced Learning (AACAL) and Amarillo Virtual Academy—positions within the Amarillo Independent School District (AISD) he has held since 2008.
Barrett was appointed on June 15, 2015 to fill an unexpired two-year term on the AC Board of Regents, a term of service extending through April of 2017. In May of 2017, he won election to the board for a six-year term in a field of nine candidates.
An administrator within AISD since 1991, Barrett previously has served as principal at Travis Middle School and Forest Hill Elementary School, and he has worked administratively at both Palo Duro and Tascosa high schools.
Barrett is no stranger to public service. He presently is serving on the Board of Directors of the Panhandle Workforce Development Board and is Secretary of the Community College Association of Texas Trustees. He also serves as a deacon of First Baptist Church in Amarillo and is a member of the Board of Directors of Maverick Boys and Girls Club of Amarillo.
Barrett was HEB Secondary Principal of the Year for the North Texas Region in 2019 and was winner of the Elbert K. Fretwell Outstanding Educator Award presented by Boys Scouts in 2019.