After a year as assistant principal at Three Rivers Elementary, Tim Richter was recently selected to move up to the principal post and is overseeing summer school operations while also helping to pare for the upcoming school year.
“I’ve seen what works and what hasn’t worked as well, and one of the things that is important to our success is building relationships with the teachers and the students,” he said. “It’s important to build a whole community in order for us to do our best, and that takes all of working together to help the kids be successful.
“I will only be in the office as much as I have to be. I’d rather be out in the classrooms, the hallways, the lunchroom and the playground. I also want us to have a few more parent nights – a science night, math night and several STEAM (science, technology engineering and math) Academy nights. It’s important to get parents involved, too.”
Richter previously worked for the Marble Falls Independent School District from 2016-2020, where he was a college and career readiness counselor. He was at Kenedy ISD from 2012-2016 where he was a principal. His wife Laura has also joined Three Rivers ISD. She will work in the district’s central office as the PEIMS (Public Education Information Management System) coordinator. Both of them are starting their 24th years in education.
It was after college that Richter decided to pursue a career in education. He earned a degree from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State) in broadcast journalism but instead worked in management for a Wal-Mart Distribution Center. However, the call to be a coach and teacher led him to a job with Seguin ISD in 1997, and a new career path was set.
“My focus will be on working with the teachers and students to make sure we are maintaining that fine balance that leads to success,” he said. “I think it’s important to recognize and reward the kids, so we will have academic rewards such as a field trip and also attendance rewards to help boost attendance a little bit.
“We have a great team and I’m looking forward to everyone working together for the best outcome for the kids.”