- Nellie H. Stokes Elementary School
District News - April 26, 2022
The Caesar Rodney School District, Board of Education, students and community join in mourning the loss of former teacher, principal and Superintendent Dr. David E. Robinson. Dr. Robinson passed away on Sunday, April 24.
In August 2021 the school district proudly dedicated its newest elementary school in Dr. Robinson’s honor. The David E. Robinson Elementary School currently serves nearly 600 first to fifth grade students, and is the standard of excellence for all future schools in the district. Dr. Robinson joined the Caesar Rodney School District full-time in 1970 as a driver education teacher at the high school. He became an Assistant Principal in 1976, before being appointed Principal of the high school in 1987. His service as district Superintendent started in 1998 and ended when he retired at the conclusion of the 2004 school year.
Superintendent Dr. Christine Alois stated, “I was fortunate to serve as a principal during Dr. Robinson’s tenure. I know I am just one of the many educators that Dave influenced and guided during his career. His pride in his district was unparalleled and continued long after his years of service to CR. I will always be thankful for his encouragement, kindness and the example he set.”
Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald, former district Superintendent, offered his thoughts, “Dave Robinson was a great friend and mentor. His dedication and commitment can be seen throughout the state in the educational leaders he mentored and in the impact he had on the students he coached, taught or supported as an administrator. With his passing the Caesar Rodney School District has lost one of its foundational building blocks and the state has lost a dedicated educator.”
Dr. Sherry Kijowski, Caesar Rodney High School Principal also shared, “Dr. Robinson was an amazing leader and a trusted mentor. I am honored to have known him in multiple capacities: as my own high school principal, as my boss, and as a mentor. I will forever be grateful for the opportunity to discuss school events with him and to seek his wisdom. He has left an indelible mark on the Caesar Rodney School District and we are grateful for the deep-seeded Rider Pride he instilled in all who knew him.”