The new principal at Roby Elementary School is Tonya Hill.
“Thank you so much for the warm welcome to Bullitt County Schools,” she said. “It warms my heart to know I am a part of such an encouraging and supportive team. I look forward to working with you as we strive to help all students receive a rigorous, balanced education that will enable them to compete in and contribute to a global society.”
Hill pledged to work with staff, students, parents, and community as they aspire to lead a school culture and educational program that is conducive to meeting the needs of diverse learners, promotes growth mindset and mutual respect as well as empowering teachers and providing them with support and resources to further their efficacy and build leadership.
“I seek to foster positive behavior, student and faculty teamwork, collaboration, and transparency in the school environment,” Hill said. “I want to initiate and lead programs to provide clear, concise information both internally to professional staff and externally to students and parents in an effort to improve communication that allows for more transparency.”
Hill transitions from teaching fifth grade at Clarkson Elementary School in Grayson County. This is where she began her career in education fourteen years ago as an instructional assistant in technology.
“When I graduated from Western Kentucky University, I became the certified teacher in the computer lab where I taught students kindergarten through fifth grade computer skills,” she said.
She completed a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of the Cumberlands and a Rank 1 in Educational Administration from WKU.
Hill referenced a remarkable experience with the Green River Regional Cooperative’s Leading to Learn Grant which helped prepare her for administration.
“Through this program, I was afforded opportunities to participate in professional learning opportunities such as Harvard University’s New and Aspiring Principal Institute, Visible Learning, Instructional Rounds, Data Teams, and Instructional Coaching,” she said.
She has served as school and district technology leader, organizing and leading professional learning opportunities and being a contributor to improvement plans, grant writing and policy-making at the school and district level.
Hill is a teacher leader for the Kentucky Geographic Alliance which works to organize and lead a conference for pre-service teachers at WKU.
“Training from Todd Whitaker (What Great Principals Do Differently) and book studies such as Lead Like a Pirate (Shelley Burgess) have helped shape my instructional leadership vision,” she said. “It is through data-driven instruction, cultivating relationships, differentiation support, growth mindset, and working to empower students and teachers that will help meet the needs of diverse learners at Roby Elementary.”
Hill and her husband, Leonard, a manager over die cast and machining at Modern Transmission Development Products (MTD Products) in Leitchfield, have two children Josh (20) and Tyler (24).
Her hobbies include riding their Polaris Rzr at offroad parks. They are partners in Blue Holler Offroad Park in Mammoth Cave, KY and love attending sporting events.