Mr. Joseph Barbara

Phone: 936-890-6966


Degrees and Certifications:

BA-Texas Wesleyan University Texas Secondary English (6-12)

Mr. Joseph Barbara

I have been teaching English at Willis High School since 2001 and I love my life as a Wildkat! I am a graduate of Texas Wesleyan University with a degree in English and History. My on-going master's work, through Sam Houston State University, is in the field of Curriculum and Instruction. During my time here, I have served as the Student Council faculty advisor, the 9th grade Team Leader, English 3 Team Leader, faculty advisor for Pit-Kru and the faculty sponsor for the Class of 2011, co-sponsor for the Class of 2014, and the co-sponsor for the Class of 2017. For the past 7 years, I have been the pronouncer for the Region III Scripts Spelling Bee held in Victoria, Texas. My newest adventure is sponsoring our WHS Chapter of National Honor Society--the premier academic group on campus. I'm excited about this opportunity to work with such a dynamic group of young people!

My educational goals for my students are that each one will become a more proficient reader, a better writer, and be able to interpret quality literature so they can apply what they have learned to life after high school. I am looking forward to helping students develop into passionate and critical thinkers who want to explore new areas and develop creative ideas. Ours is a "flipped" classroom, so technology use is an integral part of our lessons and helps spark our creativity. However, technology integration is only half of what we do. As students of American Literature, we recognize a close relationship between nature and the writers we study in class. As a result, we'll make good use of our "outdoor classroom" as often as possible (weather permitting). It is important that students learn to be observant of the world around them and learn to write reflectively about their experiences.

On Friday nights in the fall, I am privileged to serve as "The Voice of the Wildkats" at all WHS Varsity home football games. Go Kats!

Follow me on Twitter @misterBenglish for updates on the events and goings-on of Room B117. You can also keep up with our class on Remind by following @english3le for information pertaining to due dates and major assignments. Feel free to contact me, at your convenience, by calling 936-890-6966 or via email at 

My schedule is as follows:

1st Period--English III (7:20-8:07)

2nd Period--Confernece/PLC (8:12-9:02)

Academy Time--(9:07-9:34)

3rd Period--English III (9:39-10:27)

4th Period--English III Co-Teach w/Mrs. Swihart (10:32-11:20)

5th Period--English III (11:25-12:50)

*We take C lunch (12:20-12:50)

6th Period--English III Co-Teach w/Mrs. Swihart (12:55-1:43)

7th Period--English III (1:48-2:35)