Town Square

Post a New Topic

MVHS music teacher begins last year of long career

Original post made on Aug 24, 2012

Longtime MVHS music teacher Robin Kramer (seen conducting in the attached video)will retire in June. She has taught at Mountain View High School for 35 years -- long enough to remember when it was called Awalt High School. She'll miss her job, but she is confident the program is in good hands, and she looks forward to pursuing her other passions -- golf and gardening.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, August 23, 2012, 2:24 PM

Comments (7)

 +   Like this comment
Posted by Rich
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Aug 24, 2012 at 6:25 am

To put Robin Kramer's accomplishments into perspective, consider this: more than 1 out of every 10 high school kids at Mountain View voluntarily get up to be at marching band practice at 7am EVERY morning throughout the fall, PLUS 2 afternoons per week and most Saturdays.

For that, they get almost no academic credit or other reward other than the value of the experience. But ask almost any band member from years ago what experiences they most recall from high school and chances are you'll hear about the band.

That didn't just happen; many, many people have worked and contributed incredibly to build that from scratch, but Robin has the vision, understanding, and drive, and, most of all, love to bring all the many pieces together.


 +   Like this comment
Posted by David Codeglia
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 24, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Robin and the MVHS music program changed my life. I learned to be confident, dedicated, and completely silly. One week in the Spartan marching band helped me come out of my shell and be myself. I dont think I'd be as confident a filmmaker now if i hadn't met Robin. She is a wonderful teacher, mentor, and friend to anyone willing to try. She will be missed, but I'm excited for her to take this over-deserved break. Have fun, Robin!


 +   Like this comment
Posted by Wendy
a resident of Rex Manor
on Aug 24, 2012 at 1:40 pm

I WISH I could have had her as my band director! I was a Freshman the last year old Mtn. View High School was open (1980-81), and I was on the side of the border that had to go to Los Altos High School when it closed. I was SO disappointed! Even so, my band memories are my favorites from my high school years...competitions, Disneyland trips, football halftime shows, parades...what a blast we had! I am PROUD to have been a "band geek"!!!


 +   Like this comment
Posted by Pirvate Sector
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Aug 24, 2012 at 2:05 pm

Only in the public sector can one retire so young!


 +   Like this comment
Posted by harvardmom
a resident of Monta Loma
on Aug 24, 2012 at 2:39 pm

I knew Robin when she was a student at Westmoor High in Daly City, and she was an outstanding musician then, too. Congratulations, Robin, on your wonderful academic achievements. It's been fun following your Mountain View High career all these years. The absolute very best to you, and a very happy retirement! Well earned; much deserved!


 +   Like this comment
Posted by Ken
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Aug 24, 2012 at 4:18 pm

My sons and daughter all played for Robin (and Jason) and it has been a privilege to have them teach much more than notes and rhythms. Robin will be much missed, and Jason could not be stepping up to a better podium.


 +   Like this comment
Posted by Steven
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 29, 2012 at 3:13 pm

My oldest son when through 4 years in band. (grad 2008) Rich and David have exactly the perspective my family got from this experience. Definitely character building AND fun. It also is one of those 'what else do you do other than study' experiences that help college admissions essays- and when you need to work in teams in 'real' life.
Robin was a leader that inspired students - and their supportive parents.


Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.

Email:


Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

Cho's, beloved dim sum spot, to reopen in Los Altos
By Elena Kadvany | 8 comments | 5,904 views

Why I Became Active in Palo Alto Forward
By Steve Levy | 12 comments | 2,303 views

Early Decision Blues
By John Raftrey and Lori McCormick | 0 comments | 1,930 views

Death with Dignity
By Chandrama Anderson | 2 comments | 1,105 views

With a Perspective....
By Ms. Jenson | 0 comments | 404 views