Robsons on 3rd generation at Western Reserve

Cary Ashby • Updated Mar 10, 2018 at 9:02 AM

COLLINS — The Robson family has a long history with Western Reserve Local Schools.

Senior Andrea Robson is the daughter of Brett and Denise and granddaughter of Tom and Norma.

“She’s a pretty skilled kid — especially her passing. She can defend too. Not being very big, she can get in there for a rebound,” said Tom, who was the head varsity boys’ basketball coach for 11 seasons (1977-87).

Andrea, after the Lady Riders beat Amanda-Clearcreek in the Division III regional semifinal game, ranks fourth in program history with 1,029 points. In late February, the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association named her the District 6 Player of the Year in the division.

In the fall, Andrea was named the homecoming queen.

Her father, Brett, is the acting coach for the Lady Riders. He has been an assistant for many years.

“I think he’s doing really well. Of course I’m a little biased,” the elder Robson said after Thursday’s 50th anniversary celebration of the Huron County Retired Teachers’ Association.

Harriet Parcher, association president, said she thought it was great when Robson’s “special granddaughter” thanked him in a feature story on the front page of the Reflector sports section.

“I thought that was special,” Parcher added.

Robson and his wife were among 30 retired teachers who were honored Thursday.

Superintendent Rodge Wilson said the Robsons are “one of the foundational families” in the Western community.

Tom Robson started teaching in 1960. He retired in 1992, having taught high school biology at Medina and Western.

“It’s all so good. I liked it all,” he said, remembering some stand-out moments when his students dissected frogs.

His wife, Norma, retired in 1995 after 26 years in education. For her first three years, she taught at Akron Firestone Elementary School and Medina followed by a five-year stint in Valley City.

Norma Robson taught fourth grade at Western Reserve Elementary School for 18 years.

Their son, Brett, a Western graduate, has been the district treasurer since April 2004. His wife Denise and brother Eric also are alumni.

“He (Brett) puts in an awful lot of time. He does a good job,” his father said.

“We are thankful to have such a good family,” Norma added.

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