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Super Dad Kevin Plummer

PlummerThe fact that Kevin Plummer grew up to be an educator should come as no surprise. It’s practically the family business for Tampa Preparatory ‘s head of school. His mom was a professor at Colorado University and his dad was a long-serving principal for Denver Public Schools.  He has two sisters, one who works in text book publishing and one who is the director of admission for St. John’s School in Houston, Texas.  His wife Jennifer was a teacher for many years. Daughter Galen should take note (seriously, she needs to study hard to follow in her family’s footsteps).

What’s the most rewarding part of being a dad?

The best part is the gift of watching your child grow, mature and develop.  I honestly had no idea how much fun it would be.  Every day is a new day of growth and opportunity. I cannot believe how fast it is happening. She has become a little person and watching that transformation has been nothing short of incredible.

What is your favorite thing to do with your kids? 

I live for daddy-daughter time. We usually go to Five Guys together and watch a movie on the iPad. These are the times I treasure because she just opens up and talks about everything — school, her friends, her hopes.  Nothing is better than the time we get to spend together.

What is the most challenging part of fatherhood?

Balancing home and work can be challenging.  I love my family, and I love my job. I sacrifice a lot of family time for work and there are more days and nights than I like that I just don’t see Galen. Jennifer is a super mom and super woman. We would not be able to have the family life we have without her support, understanding and efforts.

Who influenced the kind of father you are?

My parents are the best role models I have had.  My mom taught me so much about caring from you heart, having patience and staying calm.  As a mom she was always clear in her expectations and generous with her time and praise.  I get my sense of humor, people skills and determination from my dad.  He was always a fun and funny guy but you also knew when he meant business.

As a father, how do you view your responsibilities?

I must provide for my family and contribute to home life as well. I also must teach Galen how to treat people and help her understand how she should be treated and what to do when she is not being treated well.

What advice would you give other fathers?

Teach your children about intrinsic motivation and how to persevere through adversity. Build their confidence and make sure that they understand that with passion, effort, commitment and sacrifice they can do anything!

It is often difficult to balance a career with spending time with your family. How do you deal with this and make time for them? 

Honestly, not well at the moment!  On the weekends, I try and do as much as I can with the family.  Luckily, I am ever hopeful Galen will come to Tampa Prep. When she does, she better be ready to eat lunch with dad at least once a week!

What is something people don’t know about you?

I am a terrible swimmer. In fact, I can barely swim at all. I also doodle and play lacrosse.

What is your biggest fear?

That I will miss a great moment in Galen’s life because I was at work.

What makes you happy? 

Time with family and a great round of golf and seeing my students succeed or overcome adversity.

Where is your favorite place to go in Tampa?

Anywhere with the family.

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