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Fort Wayne Community Schools honors former Superintendent Wendy Robinson

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ELLA ABBOTT
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Former Fort Wayne Community Schools superintendent Wendy Robinson, joined by school officials and superintendent Mark Daniel, stand next to the sign for the Wendy Y. Robinson Family and Community Engagement Center moments after it was officially unveiled on Monday, June 13, 2022.

Fort Wayne Community Schools celebrated the legacy of former Superintendent Wendy Robinson with the dedication of a building on Monday. The ceremony honored Robinson’s 47 years in education.

Robinson retired from Fort Wayne Community Schools in the spring of 2020, after 17 years as superintendent.

“Which, by the way, that’s just unheard of," Mark Daniel said. "So, that’s just amazing.”

Daniel, the current superintendent of FWCS, introduced Robinson at the dedication ceremony. The district renamed the Family and Community Engagement Center as the Wendy Y. Robinson Family and Community Engagement Center, which was established under her leadership.

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ELLA ABBOTT
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Former Fort Wayne Community Schools superintendent Wendy Robinson greets current superintendent Mark Daniel ahead of a dedication ceremony for Robinson at the Wendy Y. Robinson Family and Community Engagement Center on Monday, June 13, 2022.

When she was selected as superintendent, Robinson was the first female superintendent, the first African American superintendent and the first FWCS superintendent to have graduated from the district.

It’s not about the accolades, though, Robinson said.

“What is more important to me than anything else is that the kids I taught and that the people I worked with respected my name,” she said.

Robinson took the time during her speech to thank several former teachers and coworkers from the district.

“No one does anything alone," Robinson said.

Ella Abbott is a multimedia reporter for 89.1 WBOI. She is a strong believer in the ways audio storytelling can engage an audience and create a sensory experience.
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