Above: Josh Robertson, third from the left, was selected as the next principal of Marble Elementary Monday night.
Josh Robertson, a third grade teacher at Donley Elementary School since 2007, was hired by the East Lansing Board of Education Monday night to serve as principal of Marble Elementary.
Superintendent Dori Leyko told the Board that Robertson was among seven candidates interviewed to replace outgoing Principal Sarah Scott and that he “rose to the top as every committee member’s top candidate.”
Robertson has master’s and a bachelor’s degrees from Michigan State University and graduated from Grand Ledge High School. He taught in two elementary schools in Houston before moving back to Michigan and starting at Donley in 2007.
“Throughout his 13-year teaching career, Mr. Robertson has continually grown as a learner and a leader,” Leyko said.
Robertson accepted the position Monday night surrounded by his family, noting that the start date has yet to be determined.
“I am humbled and honored to be given this opportunity,” Robertson said. “I can’t wait to roll up my sleeves and jump in.”
Robertson’s acceptance was greeted by standing applause from the Board members, three of whom have children who were taught by Robertson.
“Marble is really, really, really lucky to get you,” said Trustee Nichole Martin. “I’m excited for your family and for everything to come at a really amazing school. You are going to knock their socks off.”
Robertson replaces Scott who resigned as Marble principal in October to take a position with the state Department of Education. She had served as principal for just over two years, replacing Leyko who was promoted to Director of Curriculum and eventually selected as Superintendent.