Tobin to retire as superintendent of TCS

Devotes 31 years in education
May. 09, 2013 @ 03:35 PM

Thomasville City Schools will begin a transition this summer when Keith Tobin retires as superintendent.
Tobin announced his retirement Tuesday at the Thomasville Board of Education meeting. He has devoted 31 years of his life to education and spent the last 29 with TCS.
"They say you know when it's time," Tobin said. "For whatever reason, that time has come."
Chief among his reasons for retiring, Tobin wants to spend more time with his family. His career in education began in 1982 at East Davidson High School. After two years at East, Tobin joined the staff at Thomasville in 1984 to teach U.S. history, economics and government. He also coached football and track.
In 1993, he accepted the position of assistant principal at Thomasville Middle and was named principal five years later. Tobin became TCS superintendent in 2008. His last day will be July 1.
"I can honestly say it's been a true blessing to serve this community for these years," Tobin said. "There is such good support here from everyone — city council, board members, staff and students. In 29 years, that hasn't changed. I'm going to miss it because it's all I've known, but we're going to move onto a new phase and try something different. I'll spend more time with my family and maybe travel a little bit."
Tobin's gratefulness encompasses a large group of individuals. He thanked his wife Cynthia, sons Cory and Tyler, school board members, city officials, staff members Brenda Watford, Mary Jane Akerman and Mike Ingram and a host of others for creating what he called a great climate in which to work.
"What I'm so proud of is that we've put together a great staff from top to bottom. It makes it all worthwhile," Tobin said.  "I feel like I'm leaving a system that is headed in the right direction."

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