By Joseph Hamrick
The Commerce Journal
It’s going to take two men to fill the void left by Julia Robinson at Commerce Independent School District.
Robinson is leaving next month from her position as curriculum director of CISD for the curriculum director of Royse City ISD, and will be replaced by current Sulphur Springs High School Principal Charles Alderman.
CISD recently hired David Welch as principal of Commerce High School, a position Robinson held in conjunction with her job as curriculum director last semester.
With 18 years of working for CISD, Robinson will leave a lasting impact on the district.
Alderman said while he did not personally know her when he went up through the Commerce school system, she was highly spoken of by his parents.
“I have some big shoes to fill,” he said, adding that after speaking with Robinson, he sees why his parents admired her.
According to Alderman, he is eager to continue the successes of his predecessor.
“I am really excited to help the teachers and help the administrators,” he said. “It’s going to be a challenge.”
Alderman has been in education for 11 years, with six years as an administrator from high schools such as Terrell and Melissa, to his most recent position as principal of Sulphur Springs High School for the past two years.
Having grown up in the Commerce school system, Alderman said he jumped at the chance to come back to his hometown.
“This was a chance to come back home,” he said, adding that he got his master’s degree from Texas A&M University-Commerce, and is currently working on his doctorate from the university.
Alderman said that coming from a progressive school, he will bring a lot of new ideas to Commerce; but he said he will more importantly work with teachers and students to find out how to best serve them.
“I’m not just going to come in and change everything,” he said. “Not everything works everywhere. I want to find out what can we do to help Commerce students.”
A high school degree is losing its value in today’s world, and Alderman said he will try and instill it into the students minds to think ahead.
“Graduating high school is not the end, it’s the beginning,” he said.