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Matt Robbins’ journey to becoming Superintendent of Daviess County Public Schools began while working in the district’s finance department.

When he started working in education, he did not expect to stay in the profession for long.

The Hawesville native earned a business degree from the University of Kentucky and started working as a public accountant after graduating from college. However, Robbins realized he wanted more out of life than a CPA career seemed to offer. With encouragement from several family members and friends who were educators, he applied for a position with the Daviess County Public Schools system and was hired in 1995.

“I look up, and it’s been almost 27 years,” he said. “What I didn’t know and soon discovered was that I really loved the environment, the atmosphere and working alongside people committed to a great cause.”

A few years after working with DCPS, Robbins was hired by Owensboro Public Schools to work in its finance and operations department. After a few more years, he returned to DCPS, where he has been ever since. He worked in the finance department before being promoted to assistant superintendent of operations. He was hired as superintendent of DCPS in 2017.

What he loves most about his job is seeing children grow and learn. Watching educators help students move forward in their lives is magical, and he sees teaching as both an art form and a skill.

One of the hardest parts of his job — besides coping with the pandemic over the past two years — is managing his own in-house care and caring for DCPS’s 11,000 students and 2,000 staff. . Now more than ever, each student’s individual needs are unique and diverse, he said.

“On an individual basis, academic, behavioral and socio-emotional needs differ significantly,” he said, adding that the district has focused on implementing multi-level support systems to help respond. to these student concerns.

Her goal for the District Central Office is to provide support to frontline DCPS staff members who provide services to children every day. It can be difficult to meet all the needs and challenges, especially during this time, he said.

“I live by the principle that a positive school culture results in a place where great things happen for kids,” he said.

Outside of his superintendent role, Robbins enjoys spending time with his wife, Luanne, who is a kindergarten teacher, and their children, Olivia, Lily and Brady. He and Brady, 13, have worked to increase their fishing quota in recent years. Robbins also likes to go hunting, although he doesn’t do it often.

He also loves sports and attending sporting events, which is good because his job takes him to those places, he said.

His leadership aspirations were born out of his faith, which Robbins says is evident in his daily walk in life and which he derives from his membership in the First Baptist Church.

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DCPS public information officer Lora Wimsatt has worked with Robbins for 20 years. She said one of the first things Robbins did when he was named superintendent of DCPS was to “re-energize” the district with a positive message and a mission to put “kids first.”

Those two words aren’t just a catchphrase for Robbins, she said.

“I have seen him demonstrate that spirit of service to our students every day over the years that I have known him,” Wimsatt said. “Matt understands the importance and urgency of our work to prepare children for success in life.”

Robbins is committed to not only ensuring that every student has the best academic experience possible, but also to nurturing themselves in the areas of social and emotional well-being and mental health, she said.

He also has a great sense of humor, she says, and loves to tell stories and jokes.

“He calls us his family and makes the workplace a fun place where people work together in rewarding and meaningful ways with a common goal of service,” she said.

Robbins said putting children first is a lofty calling.

He is proud and fortunate to be a support system for education, especially all DCPS teachers and staff who work tirelessly for the betterment of children and their families.

Teaching is hard work, he says, and that’s admirable.

“I don’t know what else compares to that,” he said. “It’s the greatest show on earth.”

This is the second in a three-part series featuring the superintendents of Owensboro Public Schools, Daviess County Public Schools, and Owensboro Catholic Schools. A profile of SCO Superintendent David Kessler will appear in Friday’s edition.


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