Lynnwood High’s new campus cop is a former teacher

As Deputy Matt Barker walks the halls of Lynnwood High School, it’s probably a familiar feeling for him.

Barker, the new school resource officer, is a former teacher.

Before he joined the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, he taught at Beverly Elementary from 2002 to 2008 and was their Dean of Students. He has also coached baseball at Edmonds-Woodway.

“I am looking forward to again working in the Edmonds School District,” Barker told us. “It is a great place both for kids to learn, and for educators to work.”

In addition to his regular duties, he will also be teaching the Law and Justice class – which Barker said will be a new and exciting challenge.

He replaces Deputy Becky Lewis as Lynnwood’s school resource officer. Lewis recently received a promotion and has moved on.

Coincidentally, Barker is in the running for “Best Looking Police Officer” in KING 5’s annual Best of Western Washington competition. You can vote for him on KING 5’s website through Oct. 9.

Photo courtesy of KING 5.

  1. Officer Barker is in my opinion, and the short way fantastic. He is dedicated intuitive and fair. I am a freshman at Lynnwood High School, Barker was a godsend, he has now moved on to another job and I’m sure is doing well. Our new school officer is Deputy N. Alanis who fills the shoes to a T. I am so thankful to have an officer in the school Along with Becky Lewis I’ve heard and seen nothing but honorable duty fufilled and a feeling of safety and security.. So thanks guys!

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