Following an extensive search for talent and experience, the Affton Schools Board of Education approved the hiring of Dr. Robert Dillon as the new Director of Technology and Information for Affton School District on Tues., April 2.
“We are excited to have such recognized talent join the Affton School District team,” said Dr. Steve Brotherton, superintendent of Affton Schools. “I am confident that Bob’s established record of experience and innovation will help us achieve a new level of excellence in our schools and community.”
Dillon comes to Affton from the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District, and was recently named one of the National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) Technology Leadership Network “20 to Watch.” This honor recognizes education leaders from across the country for their ability to inspire colleagues to incorporate innovative technology solutions that contribute to high-quality learning environments and more efficient school district operations. In September, Dillon was also named an Emerging Leader by Phi Delta Kappa International, which recognizes top educators from around the world for their visionary leadership, professional achievements, and commitment to the field of education.
“The Affton School District has assembled an incredible group of people to serve its kids and community, and I look forward to contributing to this positive learning environment,” said Dillon. “Technology integration can be a key ingredient in the success recipe for learning, and I hope to provide the energy, resources, and freedom to unleash innovation and best practices on a daily basis.”
In addition to his administrative experience, Dillon serves as the co-founder of EdcampSTL, an annual “unconference” that brings together those interested in learning and sharing more about best practices in education. He also sits on the steering committee for the Midwest Education Technology Conference (METC), and has been a featured speaker at regional, state, and national education technology conferences.
Dillon began his career in education as an assistant principal, first at DuBray Middle School in St. Peters, MO, where he served for five years, and then at Nipher Middle School in Kirkwood, MO, for six years. He began serving as principal of Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School in 2010. He earned a bachelor of arts in secondary education and communications at Drury College in Springfield, MO, as well as a master of arts in secondary administration and a doctorate in educational leadership from St. Louis University.
He and his wife, Sandra, a social worker for BJC HealthCare, are from the St. Louis area. They have two daughters, Ellie, 8, and Emily, 5.
Dillon will begin serving as the Director of Technology and Information on April 22.