Letter From Dr. Tim Dilg, Incoming Superintendent
November 19, 2018
“Gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”--L.M. Sacasas
Dear Valley Park Community,
As we prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday, my heart is overwhelmed with gratitude. Over the last several weeks, I have been moved and inspired by the spirit of the Valley Park community and am honored to have the opportunity to serve you as your next superintendent.
I welcome the enormous responsibility that this leadership position requires. I believe that together, we can work toward shaping our future while honoring past successes and traditions of excellence. These traditions, along with the talented students, dedicated teachers, staff and administration, strong school board leadership and the supportive community, attracted me to the district.
It is important that you know a little bit about me so that you can gain a better understanding of who I am and my leadership philosophy. My family and I live in South County, where I was raised and where I graduated from the Mehlville School District. My wife Lesley is a physician assistant, specializing in family medicine. She and I have been married for 13 years. Together, we are the proud parents of Lexi Dilg, a creative, curious, energetic ten-year-old who aspires to be an educator herself one day. Lexi loves soccer, gymnastics, swimming and serving as a cheerleader for every school and district where I’ve worked. When I am not running around to Lexi’s school and sporting events, I enjoy running, biking and serving others. I have completed three marathons and over a dozen half marathons. I also serve on the Board of Directors for the National Children’s Cancer Society, a wonderful organization that provides emotional, financial and educational support to children with cancer, their families and survivors.
Professionally, I have been fortunate to work in three incredible education communities, most recently at the School District of Clayton but also at Vianney High School and Springfield Catholic High School. Throughout my 16 years in education, I have been an English teacher, a football, basketball and golf coach, assistant principal, principal and assistant superintendent of human resources. My career in education has allowed me to understand the power of relationships and collaboration. Together, with teachers, staff, students and a supportive community, anything is possible. During my tenure as your superintendent, I look to bring that same energy to forge strong relationships with each of you while keeping my focus on meeting the needs of every Valley Park student.
I believe schools are stronger when they are a part of a community that takes pride in the success of its students. It’s evident the Valley Park community also shares this belief. As I begin my transition, I’ve been struck by the community’s involvement in our schools and I am thrilled that my family and I will soon be a part of the Valley Park community.
As I prepare to serve as your superintendent, the most important thing I can do is listen. There will be several opportunities to meet and share your perspective before next school year. My hope is these meetings will deepen my understanding of what makes Valley Park such a remarkable learning community and also allow me to begin building positive relationships with students, staff, families, and members of the community. Look for more information in the next few months.
Also in the coming months, I will tweet what I am learning using the hashtag #VPpride (follow me on Twitter @tdilg) and share my experience through email updates.
Thank you, again, to our Board of Education. They are compassionate leaders who value public education and care about our children. I feel honored to work with them and am grateful for their service. The strength of the Valley Park School District lies in the remarkably passionate people we employ and the students we serve. I am so grateful for the opportunity to serve the Valley Park community.
I wish you and your family a very safe and Happy Thanksgiving!
Dr. Tim Dilg