With 24 years of high school experience and a wide range of specialties from curriculum to athletics, Robert Hammonds has been hired as GRC’s new assistant principal.
A GRC social studies teacher and assistant basketball coach in the early 2000s, Hammonds was most recently associate principal at Madison Southern High School where he also served as athletic director prior to taking the administrative position.
“I am very excited to join the team here at GRC to hopefully help continue the great success academically,” Hammonds said. “I want to help make GRC not only the standard of the 10th Region and Central Kentucky but one of the absolute best high schools in Kentucky all around for students.”
Spending the last 14 years of his career in administration, Hammonds has worked extensively with curriculum, professional development, academic integrity, budgeting and facilities. “I have always been an advocate of good instruction that allows student engagement to flourish,” he said. “I want to be a resource to teachers as well as promoting high-yield strategies to allow our students to perform at high levels.”
As a coach for 20 years, Hammonds says he always takes a “team approach,” and looks forward to working with the GRC staff. “I hope to meet and learn as many staff, faculty and students as quickly as I can,” he said. “I just want to be available to help carry out the vision of GRC and to make sure I am helping as many students have the best high school experience possible.”
Hammonds enjoys spending time with his family, traveling in the summers and supporting his children’s athletic and extracurricular activities.
His wife, Autumn, is a doctor at the University of Kentucky Medical Center currently doing a fellowship in cytopathology.
Sons Peyton and Paxton will enter the 7th and 8th grades, respectively, at RDC. They both play football, basketball and baseball. His stepdaughter Kylie will be a sophomore at GRC and is involved in dance, softball, and the arts.
Hammonds, who earned his master’s in curriculum from Georgetown College and his Rank I in instructional leadership from Northern, didn’t always plan to be an educator. “Initially thought I wanted to be a lawyer but ended up a teacher,” he said, “because I like the different scenarios each day and I like to be more around people and kids than in an office.”
Welcome to GRC, Robert Hammonds and family!