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HILLVIEW - Pam Robertson fell in love with Overdale Elementary, and the Bullitt County Public School system, six years ago when she was selected Overdale’s principal.
After a successful run, including implementation of new programs and helping Overdale move into its current facility, Robertson will retire at the end of the 2013-14 semester.
Robertson cited family as her number one reason, with grandchildren, aging parents and an ailing sister that need more of her time. She also hopes to volunteer more with church missions and Bible studies.
“This job is very wonderful, but it took all my best energy,” she said. “I had minimal free time.”
Robertson took a serious look at the decision, discussing it until the last possible moment with BCPS director of elementary education Terry Price.
“Mrs. Robertson has done an outstanding job as instructional leader at Overdale Elementary,” said Price. “She has always been totally kid-focused and implemented programs that help all students achieve at high levels.”
Among those programs were Thinking Strategies, implementing a systematic approach to classroom instruction, and the Workshop Model, a process to help students better understand individual lesson plans.
“I feel great about all the initiatives we’ve put into place,” Roberson said. “We have good instructors to continue, and good community support.”
Over 20 years Robertson taught all three academic levels, as well as serving as school counselor, assistant principal and principal, in four counties.
“Bullitt is by far the best, and I mean that,” she said. “I love the Central Office support and openness. You feel like you can talk to them freely, that’s a unique feeling.”
Robertson enjoyed working with a neighborhood school, noting Overdale’s importance to the surrounding Hillview community.
“The kids and families are so attached, this school is a big part of their lives,” she said. “We have the sweetest kids. I couldn’t have been happier to be here.”
The outgoing principal was treated to a special breakfast from her staff and a retirement dinner hosted by other Bullitt principals. She was moved by “an outpouring of support” from faculty and students, including many letters of support.
“I’d love to help in Bullitt County part-time in the future,” she said. “Bullitt County holds a special place in my heart.”