Board of Education names Richard Robbins as new District F Director
Air Force veteran brings strong background in security and leadership to role
CASTLE ROCK – Richard Robbins was sworn in to serve on the Douglas County School District (DCSD) Board of Education on March 25. He is assuming the role of Director for District F, which encompasses a section in the northeast area of Douglas County, and a small segment of Elbert County.
Robbins served in the United States Air Force for 20 years, and has a B.A. in Criminal Justice from American Military University. After retiring from the Air Force, Robbins was employed by Northrop Grumman, working as a contractor to the Department of Energy. He is currently an operations supervisor for UPS Freight and is also working to achieve his Masters degree in Organizational Leadership from Regis University.
With an interest that includes teacher accountability, bullying prevention and school safety, Robbins believes that a positive and safe school environment sets the stage for all DCSD students to be prepared to do whatever they set choose, beginning with his own twin stepdaughters, who attend Chaparral High School. Robbins also has a daughter who attends Weber State University and a son who is a United States Marine.
“I have been actively involved in my children's education, including every time we uprooted them and moved them away from their friends while I served in the military,” Robbins shared. “In each of the capacities I served, I always wanted to have the ability to make the biggest impact possible, be a positive role model for our children, and be a good mentor, leader, and coach to those I was interacting with.”
As he observed the variety of learning environments around the world, Robbins developed a passion for K-12 education.
“I have seen the effects education plays on families, careers, and overall well-being in countries such as Colombia, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Turkey, and other parts of the world. When I saw what we are blessed with here in our great country, and the effects of education on children around the world, I obtained my passion for making the education for our children and future leaders the best I could possibly make it,” he shared.
Serving on the District Accountability Committee and three school accountability committees has given Robbins a variety of opportunities to contribute to school effectiveness.
Robbins’ passion doesn’t stop with education.
“I also have a passion to help stop bullying in our district,” he said. “There is no better person to recognize such incidents than properly trained teachers who are walking the halls and communicating with our children daily.”
In addition to addressing bullying concerns, Robbins hopes to contribute to the work already underway in DCSD related to security.
“One of my personal goals is to help the District build upon the good security policies and plans they currently have,” Robbins said. “This includes looking at security at all of our buildings from elementary schools to high schools.”
His interest in school security coincides with the addition of safety as a priority to DCSD’s Strategic Plan. Protection of school buildings and the people they house is one aspect of the priority that Robbins is well equipped to oversee.
“During the concluding ten years of my military career, I was involved with counterintelligence as a federal agent,” Robbins said. “I have a keen understanding of how important security is to our future generations.”
Robbins says he is here to help lead and guide the District in a direction that will provide the best possible education for all children.
“I want parents to know I am a parent and a grandparent, and I understand some of their frustrations. We can work through them with proper communication. I have no doubt in my mind, that you, as a parent, are the single best person to know how your child's education is progressing,” he said. “I want to hear the good and the bad concerning your child's school. I may not have all of the answers, but I promise I will help you get an answer. You may reach Robbins at richard.robbins[at]dcsdk12[dot]org.