Randy Luebbert will become the principal of Waynesville High School on July 1 and Kymberly Rodriguez, a chemistry teacher at WHS, will become an assistant principal.
Luebbert will replace Courtney Long who will become the director of community resources and grants management.
“We had several very qualified candidates, but what made Mr. Luebbert standout above the rest was his previous experience with Professional Learning Communities and his emphasis on developing a positive school culture. In addition, Mr. Luebbert has experience with military students in the Knob Noster School District,” said Dr. Brian Henry, superintendent.
“He brings a depth of personal and professional experiences that will continue to propel Waynesville High School forward,” Henry said.
Luebbert holds a bachelor’s in biology and physical education from University of Central Missouri, a master’s in education from William Woods University and an education specialist degree from Missouri State University.
“Waynesville has a great reputation as a wonderful school district and I am excited about this career move and being a part of the community,” Luebbert said.
“In the first year, I am looking forward to getting to know the students, their families and the staff, building relationships and working together to develop a plan to make Waynesville even better than it already is.”
Luebbert began his career as a biology teacher, football coach and baseball coach with the Sweet Springs School District in 1991. For the 1995-96 school year, he taught biology, chemistry and coached basketball for the Knob Noster School District, which serves Whiteman Air Force Base families.
From 1996 to 1998, he taught anatomy/physiology, biology, applied science and coached basketball at the Sedalia Smith Cotton School District before accepting a position as an assistant high school principal with the Marshfield School District in 1998. He went on to serve the Marshfield School District as the high school principal from 2009 through 2013.
Since 2013, he has served as the high school principal with the Warsaw School District. Luebbert and his wife Michelle, have three children.
Rodriguez, who teaches chemistry, forensic science and ecology, has been a teacher for 15 years.
“Mrs. Rodriguez is a natural leader and will bring her excellent management skills, longevity in the classroom and ability to motivate students to succeed into this position,” Henry said. “She will continue our tradition of excellence and help take it to the next level.”
As a military spouse, Rodriguez understands the challenges that military students face and looks forward to working more closely with both local and military families.
“I’m looking forward to this new opportunity, but it’s also bittersweet,” Rodriguez said. “I’m looking forward to working more with families and taking on this leadership role, but I also will miss the daily one-on-one interaction with students in the classroom.
“My goal will be to build on the success of Waynesville High School and to bring out the best in our students.”
Rodriguez began her education career as an integrated physics and chemistry teacher with the Spring Independent School District in 2002.
In 2004, she accepted a position as a science/chemistry teacher at Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District where she served until 2008 when she was hired as a science teacher for the Ysleta Independent School District. She came to Waynesville Middle School in 2015 and currently serves as a science teacher at Waynesville High School.
Rodriguez holds a bachelor’s in science/biology from Prairie View A & M University and a master’s in school administration from Lindenwood University. She also has also been an active participant in the Waynesville School District Aspiring Administrators program from 2017 until the present time.
Rodgriguez is married to Rodney and is the mother of four, three of whom attend Waynesville schools.
Long, the current WHS principal, will become the director of community resources and grants management. She will oversee the AmeriCorps/VISTA, volunteers, afterschool programs, grants, Snack in a Pack, wellness (including nurses, nurse practitioner, guidance and school social workers) and will serve as the community liaison to business partnerships.
“I want to thank Mrs. Long for not only serving as our high school principal, but for being willing to take on new challenges for our district,” Henry said.
“The hallmark of a great team is the ability to move talented individuals into different positions, while still staying focused on our mission to empower and prepare individual students for future opportunities as citizens and leaders,” he added.