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"We are door openers," said Marvin Rainwater, Career Center Executive Director.
Marvin Rainwater, Killeen Independent School District Career Center Executive Director, talks about the growth and future of the local community and how it reflects the new KISD Career Center at the schools new building dedication August 26. (Photo by Staff Sgt.
When the Killeen Independent School ...
When the Killeen Independent School District's new Career Center opens this fall, longtime educator Marvin Rainwater will serve as its executive director.
"I was very excited and a little frightened because the district has been working on (the center) for the past two years," said Rainwater, principal at Willow Springs Elementary School.
"It's a bright shining star, and I'll do everything I can to help (the center) succeed."
Rainwater has spent 40 years in the Killeen school district, working as a teacher, coach, counselor, assistant principal and principal.
He was the principal at Ellison High School for 23 years, retiring in 2009, he left retirement after a year for the job at Willow Springs.
As the center's executive director, which is similar to a school principal, Rainwater
will work with high school students once again.
"With the little kids, they love you and think your superman; with the high school kids, they make you work for it," said Rainwater
Killeen Councilman Scott Cosper, ...
Killeen Councilman Scott Cosper, left, presents Marvin Rainwater, right, with a proclamation declaring Thursday as Marvin Rainwater Day.
More than 150 current students, former students, teachers and colleagues lined up to shake hands, hug and thank Principal Marvin Rainwater for 40 years of service to the Killeen Independent School District at his retirement ceremony Thursday evening.
retired Thursday after 23 years as principal of the Ellison High School Eagles
Students described Rainwater
as a principal and a friend who spent more time talking to students and teachers in the halls than hiding behind a desk in his
"That's the fun part," Rainwater
"That's where I see kids and see how they're doing.
That's where a girl comes to tell me 'I'm pregnant' or a kid can says 'I robbed a 7-Eleven and I've got legal problems.' That's a sharing time where they can talk about anything in the world.
It's just you and them."
Rainwater spent 40 years with KISD as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, counselor and then Ellison High School principal.
He is the second principal in the school's 31-year history.
"I'm just physically and emotionally tired.
A high school principal is a 50- to 60-hour every week job," he
Colleagues and staff described Rainwater
as the kind of boss who offered to help if they needed it, let them work in peace if they did their job well or let them know politely but assertively if they did not.
said without hesitation he
will miss "the kids" most.
Many of the youths came to Ellison having been under-educated through their elementary- and middle-school years desperately seeking to survive high school to give themselves a chance in life, Rainwater
As principal he strove to get those students with no interest in college or no way to pay for it to think first about high school, then to see college as not just a dream but an option, he said.
While Ellison students will be without Rainwater as their principal, he anticipates returning as a consultant for KISD or in a "less demanding role" in the next few years, he said.
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Jeremy King, 4, is greeted by ...
Jeremy King, 4, is greeted by Principal Marvin Rainwater on Monday at Willow Springs Elementary in Killeen.
It was the first day of school in more ways than one for both, as Jeremy arrived for pre-kindergarten and Rainwater
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Principal Marvin Rainwater, left, smiles as he walks through the cafeteria Monday on his first day at Willow Springs Elementary.;counterType=skip">
talks with one of his
young charges near the entrance to Williow Springs Elementary on the first day of classes Monday in Killeen
After 23 years as principal at Ellison High School
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"As a high school principal, we were always patching," Rainwater
"We were finding ways to put patches over the things (students) weren't getting.
Once they get two or three years behind, they're never going to catch up."
left the district and began his
Or, as he
described it: "The most miserable year of my life.
So, when the first bell rang in the 2010-11 school year on Monday, Rainwater
was back in harness, greeting the flood of kids and their parents as they came through the door as principal at Willow Springs
Elementary on Killeen's southwest side.
The day began with a mix of hand shakes and high fives, punctuated with a constant flow of "Good morning," "Thanks for coming in," or "Ready for school?"
started out in KISD
as a middle school football coach.
From there, he
"meandered through the jungle," he
He moved from coaching into the counselor's office at Killeen High School.
He joined the ranks of administrator, first as a middle school assistant principal, then as assistant principal at Ellison.
He was named principal at EHS in 1986, where he stayed until his first retirement.
There is no mandatory retirement age in KISD
So, at age 64, Rainwater
is again making career plans.
"It's an exciting time to see what we can do here," he
A number of the students Rainwater greeted Monday at the Willow Springs Elementary doorway were accompanied by their parents, including several former students Rainwater worked with at Ellison.
By the end of his
first career at EHS
was emotionally exhausted.
wanted to think he
was making a difference in kids' lives but, in retrospect, he
One thing he
is confident in, though, is his
Even just a couple of hours into his
first day on the job, Rainwater
"Coming to job number two with the little guys, I'll get a chance to fix things I missed," he
James: Welcome back Mr Rainwater
Glad to see you back in the trenches.
THose Willow Springs
Elementary kids have a great Principle.
is firm but fair with everyone.
No favorites with Mr Rainwater