By Jackie Stone
The Cove Herald
Working in the central office of Copperas Cove Independent School District is a long way from where the district's new deputy superintendent started on his family's more than 100-year-old ranch in South Texas.
But a sense of pride in his heritage, Texas history and the family and teachers that were his role models growing up drove Troy Galow to become the first in his family to graduate from college.
"At first I was doing both, driving a tractor and putting myself through school, being 19 years old or whatever," he said.
"At the time I was thinking, 'What does the future hold for me?' And I thought about it and talked to my dad about it, and decided it was time to move beyond ranching as a living."
After putting himself through undergraduate at Texas A&M University and graduate school at Tarleton State University, Galow worked his way up from a history teacher and coach in a 1A school district to his most recent job in the administration office of Leander Independent School District.
On Feb. 1, Galow will begin his newest job as CCISD's deputy superintendent. The position has been empty since the spring.
Copperas Cove Superintendent Rose Cameron said Galow's compassion for students and ability to analyze district data and set long term and short term goals made him stand out from the other applicants.
"Troy shares many of the beliefs as CCISD's team members," she said. "He has high expectations for students and staff, he believes in the benefits of working together as a team and he believes that students should be at the center of everything we do and every decision we make."
When he moved from being a teacher to an administrator, Galow said he learned that he could be an adminsitrator without losing the comraderie with the students.
"One thing to remember as an administrator is, it's easy to get caught up in difficult problems, but it's important to remember to honor our kids and their achievements," he said.
Before he became part of the leadership, Galow coached several sports including football and taught history.
"I grew up very big into Texas history, very close to the land and the stories down there, so it seemed like a natural avenue," he said.
Galow spent 13 years in the Leander school district. He said he found there a place where he fit in and could give it his all, and hopes to do the same in CCISD.
"I really felt that same connection with CCISD and the community, and that really gave me the impetus to go after this job," he said.
Galow said programs CCISD has implemented and the progress the district has made in the past few years also drew him to the job.
"I realized really quickly the results of the effort teachers and principals are putting forth. Scores are up, involvement in extracrurriculars is up, college readiness programs," he said. "From four or five years ago to now, you'll see a continual upward trend and it's really exciting."
Galow will be moving to Cove with Jacqui, his wife of 13 years.
"She's very supportive, she's just as excited as I was," he said.
Galow plans to continue work on his doctorate at the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor as well.