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