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Devine sees the opportunity to influence the future through teaching as “very motivating"

Robert F. Devine recently shared his excitement about helping teachers and administrators succeed. “I have a passion for supporting teachers and administrators to problem solve how to better help students succeed,” he stated. “The opportunities to touch the future through the lives of young people through the knowledge of their eternal value is very motivating for me.”

As a graduate of BYU, Devine feels his experience at the McKay School provided a base for his career. “My experiences at BYU shaped my attitude and philosophy regarding education and young people.”

Devine is currently the executive director of secondary education in the Pocatello/Chubbuck School District. He oversees all staff and operations involved with students between grades seven and 12 in seven schools. He also oversees the district athletic activities programs, and the directors of special education and professional-technical education. All together, 18 building administrators and over 330 teachers in both alternative and regular education settings are under his charge. Prior to his current assignment, Devine was a small district superintendent for three years, a high school principal for seven years, an assistant principal for five years, and a teacher/coach for nine years. He also served as a consultant for Idaho State University and is a Nationally Certified Trainer for Effective Schools.

For the remainder of his career, Devine plans to continue contributing to education by paving the way for others to succeed. He is also thinking of pursuing a doctorate degree and then teaching in higher education.

Originally from Oak Harbor, Washington, Devine has lived the past 11 years in Rigby, Idaho. He has been married for 28 years to the former Marilyn Richardson. The Devines are the parents of three sons and two daughters. Robert Devine enjoys fishing, golfing, playing basketball, “snipe hunting” with his children, and being involved with Rotary International.

September 2007