Story and photo by Roberto Taboada, CCSD Public Relations
CCSD: You have worked for Central Schools for 40 years, how does that feel?
Donald A. Hornbecker: “You know, I really enjoy what I do. I enjoy working with the students. That’s our main priority. In working with colleagues, it doesn’t feel like 40 years, they flew by. I don’t sit down and think about how long I’ve been here, I find new challenges, new adventures, and journeys, and I look forward to it. I don’t look back, I look forward.”
“CCSD is a unique district, it is spread out and each area is unique, it has for me the students who work hard, the parent support, I can’t think of anything better. You focus on student learning and building relationships with the students and the community and you couldn’t have asked for a better place.”
CCSD: What has been the most rewarding aspect of your tenure?
Donald A. Hornbecker: “The opportunities that I’ve been given. Each year I experience things that are rewarding and it keeps me going. When I started it was hard to find a job, but I found a job teaching, that was a great opportunity. Another one, a big one, I met my wife at Ruth Bond Elementary School.”
Donald A. Hornbecker has been with Central Schools since he graduated from Fort Lewis College in 1976. He was hired as a 2nd-grade teacher at Ruth Bond Elementary School, two weeks before classes started. He was principal of Nataani Nez Elementary School for 3 years, then principal of Kirtland Elementary School for 28 years. Currently, Mr. Hornbecker is the coordinator of elementary schools.