Dr. Owen Roberts has made it his personal mission to familiarize himself with the local community, having only lived in North Central Florida for a little over a year. During his first 14 months as Alachua County’s superintendent of schools, Roberts has already made an impact by developing programs that have significantly improved the county’s public schools. These include the Parent Academy, the Early Learning Center, the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) program, the language development program and several others. In addition to his work as superintendent, Roberts serves as a member of the board of directors for Junior Achievement of Alachua County, the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce, the Florida Museum, the Community Alcohol Coalition and The Education Foundation.
Although he has accomplished several feats in the community, Roberts is most proud of his role as a husband, a parent and a new grandparent.
Roberts has shown great passion for improving the lives of children and families throughout the area. This can be seen through his involvement with the Duval Early Learning Academy, through which opportunities for growth and development to socioeconomically disadvantaged students are provided.
Roberts is constantly impressed by the tremendous efforts of the local business community in actively caring for the broader Gainesville area. According to Roberts, these businesses go beyond their relationships with their employees and customers, as they offer provide support to everyday citizens. He expects the business community to continue making a positive impression on the city’s youth. “I believe this community has both the brainpower and the heart to make a significant difference in the lives of children,” he said.
At the early age of 4, Roberts was diagnosed with polio. The disease caused him to miss the first two years of his schooling, but it left him with a greater appreciation for the value of education.