The couple met at Oklahoma State University in the late 1980s. She earned a bachelor's in political science and eventually did graduate studies at OU. Now married for 19 years, Susan is determined to be a part of her children's education.
“Principal House has a philosophy, it's all about the kids,” Barker said. “I agree with her wholeheartedly and that's why I give so much to Will Rogers.
“Her efforts with the PTO have been welcomed by other volunteers, teachers and Principal Sheron House.
“She is an amazing mom with an amazing family and does an outstanding job as a volunteer,” House said.
During an average week 25-35 parents, including Susan, volunteer for Will Rogers, a school with 659 students.
“We are a team, and we all work together,” said House, now in her 14th year as principal.
House marvels at the work done by Barker and recognizes her inspiration to the Will Rogers family.
Barker said it hasn't come easily.
“It took time to learn to cook again, do laundry again, diaper a baby and navigate the Internet blind,” she said. “I've learned the greatest challenge I have is the limits other people put on me. I can do many things if people would just give me a chance.”