A Logan County native who worked for years at Logan Aluminum and married a Russellville High School alumnus is coming back to her native county to take the assistant principal job at Stevenson Elementary School.
Leon Smith, superintendent of Russellville Independent Schools, is looking forward to having Robin Cornelius, who has been teaching at Dishman-McGinnis Elementary School in Bowling Green, on board.
“Ms. Cornelius comes to us highly recommended,” he said. “I believe she will be a great addition to our administrative team at Russellville.”
Cornelius will be filling the spot left vacant by Matt Tipton, who retired this spring. She is a 2004 graduate of Western Kentucky University, where she earned a degree in elementary education. During her last two years of college, she also worked full-time at Logan Aluminum.
“It’s always been my life goal to be a teacher,” she said, “and I accomplished it.”
Cornelius is married to Marcus Cornelius and has three children, Jaleesa Parrish, Marquise Cornelius and Marcus Cornelius, Jr. As an educator, wife and mother she knows first-hand the importance of communicating well with students, parents and co-workers.
“I want to make a difference for the students to be successful,” she said. “I want to be there for the parents, students, faculty and staff, to give them the support they need. I want us to be a positive and effective team. It will take all of us working together.”
First and foremost, Cornelius wants “to build relationships with students.”
She remembers well a favorite teacher at Auburn High School who would stay after school to help her with algebra.
“I was struggling with algebra,” she said. “She didn’t give up on me. She believed in me. We took it one step at a time and I was successful.”
Cornelius went on to teach math at Dishman-McGinnis.
While there, she also enjoyed working with the school’s mentor program and visiting more than 70 homes in one year alone so she could get to know students’ parents better.
“As far as parents, I want parents to feel free to talk to me with any concerns – to look at me like a support system,” she said. “If they’re having trouble helping their child with homework, I want them to contact me. I’m there for them.”
Cornelius will be formally introduced to the SES staff on Wednesday, June 19.
“I’m very excited to be part of Russellville, very excited to be part of the school,” she said. “And whatever job I need to do, I’ll give it 110 percent.”