HANFORD — Hanford West High School started the school year with a new principal, Marrio Walker, who replaced Darin Parson when he departed for Sierra Pacific High School.
“My family and I wanted to stay local and were very happy to stay here,” said Walker. “One of the things we love to do is come out to Superior Dairy and I am very impressed by how warm and welcoming people are here.”
As the new head administrator of Hanford West, Walker has just begun settling in. Prior to this, Walker worked for Fresno Unified School District as a co-director of special education for 10 years. Before that, he was a principal at Palo Verde High School.
“I handled 105 sites and was responsible for everything from special education for Fresno Unified to overseeing transportation for special needs students," Walker said. "I also did a lot of community outreach."
Walker knew he wanted to work in education after working as a classified instructional aide. He attended Marymount University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies and a masters in special education. Later, he earned an educational doctorate at California State University, Sacramento.
“One of the things I want to continue doing is building on all the great work Mr. Parson has done here,” Walker said. “I want for students and staff to feel like we are a community invested in their success.”
Caitlin Fagundas has worked at Hanford West for four years and says Walker has been a great person to work with.
“We’ve only been in school for a week, but right now I think he’s doing a really good job of making the students feel like they have a voice,” Fagundas said. “He’s an open guy and very friendly. I think it really translates to this generation on campus. They want somebody they can relate to.”
Moving forward, Walker hopes to keep building on dual enrollment opportunities for students to earn college credit while in high school.
“I just want to be consistent every day in the small efforts and hopefully do great things together as a team,” Walker said.