Ralph Kober: Retiring After Leading Traughber Junior High for 18 Years
May 05, 2014 03:22PM
● By Steven Jack
Dr. Ralph Kober
Dr. Ralph Kober, Principal, Traughber Junior High School
Years with the district: 18
Dr. Ralph Kober is an honorable person with an incredible level of integrity. He has influenced the education of thousands of students and served as an example and professor for many teachers and administrators through his work at the University level. He leaves a legacy most can only imagine.
— Superintendent of Schools Dr. Matthew Wendt
Dr. Ralph Kober served as principal of Traughber Junior High School for nearly two decades. He began his 30-year career in education as a special education teacher and served as a school administrator for more than 20 years.
“I have had the honor of being principal of this exceptional school dating back to the 1996–97 school year,” said Kober. “This has been a wonderful journey as I have been witness to the many challenges, changes, opportunities, and accomplishments the school, district, and community have experienced during this time.”
Given the length of time he served as principal of Traughber, Kober said that there are far too many fond memories to single out a few, but he holds the staff, students, and community dear to his heart and has a deep appreciation for the educators at Traughber.
Kober received a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s in education and special education from the University of Illinois. He also received a master’s of education in school administration and his doctorate of education in educational leadership from Northern Illinois University.
In addition to his role as principal, Kober is an instructor at Aurora University where he teaches Educational Leadership courses. He has been involved with the master’s degree program since 2002 and has enjoyed the unique impact he has had on future leaders in education through interactions with his students.
A retired U.S. Marine, Kober attained the rank of Gunnery Sergeant and served the country for 22 years. His experiences as a U.S. Marine helped shape and sustain the leadership skills and focus that are necessary to address the many challenges a school principal faces.
Kober and his wife, Joan, have been married for more than 30 years, and he is very appreciative of the support and understanding she brought to his role as principal. He views the next stage of his life not as “a retirement” but rather as “a transition” to the next phase of helping to make a difference in the lives of others. He looks forward to sharing special moments with his family and friends in the years to come.