Randy Troub is a man of few words. But when he speaks, his students and his staff listen. The former science teacher and coach is loved by his students and staff and will walk the halls of Copperas Cove Junior High for the last time June 22. After 33 years of service to children, he is retiring.
Troub doesn’t have one of those stories where he always knew he wanted to be a teacher. It was not until his second year of college that he realized his career path was education.
“I went to college not knowing what I wanted to do. I signed up for a geology of National Parks course and kind of fell into it,” Troub said. “I then took some earth science classes and really enjoyed the field, so I began thinking about what I could do in this arena. I loved sports as well, so teaching and coaching fit my interests and desires.”
Troub double-majored in earth science and geography and minored in physical education to receive his Bachelor of Science in Education and later his master’s degree.
He taught eighth grade Earth Science and coached at CCJHS from 1984 to 1987 and from 1992 to 1995. In between, he taught and coached at Fulton Schools in Michigan from 1987 to 1992 where taught sixth- and seventh-grade science and reading and coached track.
His track team won the 1990 Michigan State Championship.
Having achieved great success as a teacher, Troub wanted more.
“I was inspired to become a principal because of the role models I had for administrators while working in (Copperas Cove Independent School District) prior to becoming one myself,” he said. “I was fortunate to work for and with several outstanding principals. I also wanted to be able to spend more time with my family and be able to attend my children’s events and games.”
After his second stint at CCJHS, Troub became the assistant principal at what was then Lovett-Ledger Intermediate School in 1995 for four years.
Upon the retirement of principal Bob Weiss, Troub became the principal serving seven years before moving back to CCJHS where he has remained the final 11 years of his career.
“I was able to stay in education for more than three decades because I love people and enjoy working closely with both children and adults,” Troub said. “I felt I was given an opportunity to have a positive impact on the lives of others on a daily basis. I have always leaned on that and believed in that.”
In his years of service, Troub has seen some major shifts in education including both a stronger federal and state movement toward testing with both a stronger focus and increased amount of student testing.
Troub has seen the technological capabilities for both students and teachers grow exponentially over the last 30 years as well as education’s ability to meet the educational needs of students outside of the main stream.
Having dedicated more than half of his life to educating children, Troub admits it will be hard to say goodbye.
“I felt it was time to step away and let someone else have the opportunity I have enjoyed for so long,” Troub said. “I have a 16-month-old grandson and have a second grandbaby due in July. I am looking forward to spending quality time with them as well as pursuing things my wife and I want to do.
“I will miss being with my work family who are people who are so dedicated and committed to helping kids. I will also miss watching the kids develop, learn and mature,” Troub said. “It has been an honor and a privilege to work in CCISD where children have always been the highest priority of our efforts, time, and resources.”