Marvin L. Rainwater

Principal at Ellison High School

Ellison High School
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Last Updated 5/30/2009

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Employment History

Executive Director  - The Career Center


Board of Trustees Member  - Killeen Independent School District

Board Of Trustees  - Brockley Moore

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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.

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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 for his first day as an elementary principal after 23 years at the helm of Ellison High School.;counterType=skip"> Principal Marvin Rainwater, left, smiles as he walks through the cafeteria Monday on his first day at Willow Springs Elementary.;counterType=skip"> Marvin Rainwater 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, Rainwater retired last year, then returned to the disrict as principal of the elementary school.;counterType=skip"> "As a high school principal, we were always patching," Rainwater said Monday. "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." Rainwater left the district and began his retirement. 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?" Rainwater started out in KISD as a middle school football coach. From there, he "meandered through the jungle," he said. 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 said. 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, Rainwater said he was emotionally exhausted. He wanted to think he was making a difference in kids' lives but, in retrospect, he wasn't sure. One thing he is confident in, though, is his new future. Even just a couple of hours into his first day on the job, Rainwater said he felt re-energized. "Coming to job number two with the little guys, I'll get a chance to fix things I missed," he said. James: Welcome back Mr Rainwater. Glad to see you back in the trenches. THose Willow Springs Elementary kids have a great Principle. Parents, he is firm but fair with everyone. No favorites with Mr Rainwater.

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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. Rainwater 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 office. "That's the fun part," Rainwater said. "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 said. 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. Rainwater 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 said. 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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