Updated: Apr 27
Kevin Rohnke has been a teacher and coach at Greeley Central High School for 21 years! His previous experience includes Seaside High School in Oregon. He recognizes, “Although school traditions are different, I have been fortunate enough to be a part of two schools where the adults in the building genuinely care about the welfare and success of their students.”
"Although school traditions are different, I have been fortunate enough to be a part of two schools where the adults in the building genuinely care about the welfare and success of their students."
As an alumni of Greeley Central, Mr. Rohnke feels strong ties to the Greeley community and its schools. “It only feels right to try and pay it forward to the students here. Also, both of my parents taught in this district for years. You could say it is a family tradition,” he explains. Carrying on this legacy has helped his love and appreciation for District 6 grow.
Mr. Rohnke reminisces on an experience with a student early in his teaching career: “Early in my career, I had a student in a PE class who was morbidly obese. He was terrified to run the Central Lap. When no one judged him for coming in last, he gained a little confidence. He began asking me for nutrition and exercise advice. Over the course of his four years at Central, he joined the wrestling team and became a very good dancer. He also lost 125 pounds in those four years! The day before he graduated, he asked me if I would time him in the Central lap one more time. He had taken 7 minutes off of his time (from 12 minutes to 5). It was one of the proudest moments I have experienced in my professional life.” Mr. Rohnke is a prime example of being a supportive leader to students who are finding their stride. Experiences like these have made his time in District 6 unforgettable and special to both himself and his students.