After nearly 25 years of service, Waynesboro's top school leader is stepping down. Superintendent Robin Crowder announced his retirement Friday, in a letter to teachers and school board members.
Crowder has spent 23 years with Waynesboro Schools - the past seven as superintendent.
He plans to serve until the school board finds his successor. Next fall, Crowder will become director of the Education Leadership Program at James Madison University.
Read the full letter below.
Dear Members of the Waynesboro School Board
It is hard for me to believe I have devoted 35 years of my life to public education. During the past 23 years I have invested my career in this wonderful community and schools, and for the past seven years, I have been humbled and honored to serve the School Board and this community as Superintendent.
I believe it is now time for me to take a small breath and retire after this rewarding career in public education. It is my intent to remain through the summer or until a new superintendent is appointed. I will work to ensure that a smooth and seamless transition takes place. I will always consider Waynesboro my home and will be active in supporting and advocating the positive values which our citizens, students, and staff deserve. I truly love this community and its people.
Educators enter this profession because they love children, want to teach, and hope to make a difference. Unfortunately, the ability to teach becomes increasingly difficult as leadership careers take you away from teaching in a classroom. I now have a new opportunity to return to my passion for teaching. After 35 years in various roles in K-12 education, I will work at James Madison University to develop future leaders for public education through the JMU Education Leadership Program. This will also be an opportunity for me to share our wonderful story about our schools and this community.
Over the years, the Waynesboro Public Schools have been fortunate to have attracted so many great leaders, gifted teachers, and talented staff at all levels. Every day, we are blessed that by formal lessons and by example, teachers, secretaries, bus drivers, custodians, nurses, and other staff teach so much more than just reading, writing, and arithmetic – they also teach critical thinking, respect, responsibility, ethics, and morals – they teach about life and how to contribute to a community, seek higher education, or enter in to a career.
I have loved working, living, and caring for this school division and its children – along with the wonderful leaders, teachers, and other staff for the past 23 years. Thank you for your ongoing support and the leadership you bring to our schools and this community. I wish you the very best as you guide and influence the direction of our schools. There is nothing more important to the growth and prosperity of a community than its value for public education.