Prime Poway Woman No. 27: Traci Barker-Ball

Barker-Ball manages Poway High School’s Student Services Office.

After working at for 29 years, it's clear why Traci Barker-Ball has a fan base among the city’s youth.

Barker-Ball, who runs the Student Services Office, works with teenagers every day, and considers it a pleasure.

“Peer counseling is one of my pride and joys because the 88 teens are so hard working, ethical, caring, responsible, respected, energetic, enthusiastic and well balanced,” she said. “We have a lot of fun and I get to watch them grow as they explore the world around them.”

But her commitment to Poway’s young people can be a challenge at times.

“The biggest challenge overall has been in balancing a work and home life. Putting in so much effort and energy into other kids, especially when I would get emotional about one of my PHS kids, was hard on my family,” she said.

But Barker-Ball said by communicating, she’s able to build strong relationships.

“I married my best friend almost 34 years ago and we still remain in a strong marriage because we are respectful of each other and are still best friends,” she said. “Having said that, however, I think it is important to still have the girlfriends. I am fortunate to have four friends that get together and remain close after 45 years.”

What does Women’s History Month mean to you?

“I’ve always admired strong women and come from a long line of women who were ahead of their time when it came to breaking society’s norms. As a result, I’ve never been afraid to make my own path. As a teenager I worked for Thom McAn shoe store and was the first female salesperson in L.A. County. Up until then, only guys could be salesmen, girls were cashiers only. Women’s History Month, I believe, honors all the strong women who were not afraid to stand up for what was right and to help break stereotypes.”

Cathy Kosich March 27, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Congratulations Traci!
Michele Ulrich March 27, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Absolutely no one deserves this more! You are such a blessing to Poway High and this community, Traci.
Beverly Rossio March 28, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Traci is and has been a priceless member of PHS faculty and staff. She does the work of a team of people and does it with love. Thank you Traci for all your years of service to our students!


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