Meet the Athletics Team
T. Riley took his first swing in education while still a graduate student at the University of Houston. The former Division I baseball player and team captain showed his trademark drive as he worked his way up to assistant athletic director in the school’s athletics department, scoring valuable experience in administration, as well as event and facilities management. A calling for a “closer connection” to students led to a teaching and coaching role at nearby St. John’s School, where his 12 years there included posts as assistant athletic director, head baseball coach, and PE teacher to students in Lower through Upper School.
|Ron Robinson believes all students can and do want to learn and be the best they can be. The secret, he says, is making children feel successful and appreciated, so they will have fun and, in turn, do their best. Mr. Robinson has himself earned success—and heartfelt appreciation—in the diverse duties of his nearly 15-year tenure at St. Francis. Named director of Middle School athletics/assistant athletics director in 2017, he continues to serve in the realm of physical education teacher and coach, and previously held the titles of assistant athletics director, assistant head of Lower School, and fourth-grade teacher. In every position, Mr. Robinson has demonstrated his genuine enthusiasm and love for teaching. "I know that the role a teacher plays in the lives of children, and the people they become, is oftentimes immeasurable," he remarks. "This is why I teach."|
We all have defining moments in our lives—those points in time when opportunity, preparation, and divine intervention work together to set us on our intended path. For Director of Physical Education/Assistant Director of Middle School Athletics Michael Settle, joining St. Francis in 2010 represented one of those moments. Up to that point, the professional baseball player—who’d traveled the nation and the world on teams ranging from the Selma Cloverleafs to Switzerland’s Zurich Barracudas—had only begun to cut his education teeth through student teaching and high school and collegiate coaching. As a member of the physical education faculty at St. Francis, Mr. Settle says he finally found his true purpose.