LANHAM, MD – The Student Broadcast Program, also known as Tiger TV Productions, will begin rolling out a series titled, “Get To Know Us.” Starting on January 5th, crew members will begin interviewing individuals who are involved in our athletic department.
Each week, you can expect to hear from one individual who will be interviewed by a Tiger TV Productions crew member. Our crew members will ask a variety of questions and then will be able to post their interviewees’ responses.
A graphic representing each individual will be posted on Tiger TV Productions’ Instagram account and on our athletic website.
Everyone has a story to tell and here is a glimpse of ours, we hope you enjoy.
Jan. 12, 2021 (Episode #2)
Interviewer: Serena R.
Interviewee: AD Robert Langway
As an Athletic Director, what made you want to major in something like this and why at DuVal High School?
For my undergraduate degree, I chose to major in History. I would have never thought that I would eventually become an Athletic Director, especially while attending college.
Once I started my career in Education, I knew that I wanted to be involved in athletics. After coaching middle school sports, I began searching around for vacancies at the high school level. At the time, DuVal High School was one school, in particular, looking for an Assistant Baseball Coach and I chose to give it a shot. Once hired, I never looked back. The Tiger’s Den is very special to me.
What expectations do you have for all student–athletes and coaches if returning back to school?
The mission of the DuVal High School Athletic Department is to provide student-athletes with an opportunity to compete successfully in a high school program that is an integral part of their educational experience. This experience will provide a personalized learning environment with equitable participation opportunities for student-athletes to develop their leadership potential. Win or lose, the Department will encourage student-athletes to provide a winning effort, exhibit sportsmanship, and demonstrate respect for all.
As an Athletic Director, I insist upon coaches to be good people who model appropriate living for their athletes. I work with coaches to help them be people of integrity and to make good choices. The field of leadership in interscholastic athletics can be challenging at times, and I am committed to helping coaches be the best leaders for our young men and women in order to help student-athletes experience their best years during their high school career. It is my firm expectation that coaches handle themselves as responsible people who model good character and who speak to their athletes with appropriate language while treating them as adults. I engage in frequent contact with coaches and work with them as a partner in the process of providing student-athletes the best high school athletics experience possible. I view myself as a partner with coaches because it takes teamwork, including multiple healthy models to imitate, for student-athletes to be able to witness our words and our actions. In doing so, I further reiterate that athletics is not only about striving to win games and win championships but even more important to build young men and women to be responsible people of good character and who are confident in themselves.
How would you describe the work efforts of the coaches working with their student-athletes?
A successful coach-athlete relationship is much more than achieving wins. Coaches establish relationships by understanding what motivates or drives each student-athlete. Coaches focus on communication, positive reinforcement, consistency, availability, and trust in order to develop a strong bond with our student-athletes.
How do you plan to communicate your plans and expectations to administration, teachers/staff, coaches, students, parents, and the community?
Communication is one of many essential parts of an athletic director’s job. The Athletic Department has an up-to-date website (email/alert system incorporated), is active on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), and remains in constant contact with those involved in athletics.
As the Athletic Director, what types of policies and procedures must be in place to ensure a successful athletic program?
Organization, communication, consistency, connectivity, and commitment are just a few elements that play a part in having a successful athletic program.
How do you support coaches and student-athletes?
I have an open-door policy that encourages coaches and student-athletes to express any questions or concerns they may have. Academic Coaching is available to all student-athletes for academic support. Additional resources are also made available for all coaches and student-athletes on our athletic website.
Jan. 5, 2021 (Episode #1)
Interviewer: Saebrin C.
Interviewee: Principal Pamela Smith
Is it more difficult to run the school virtually or physically?
I feel that it is more difficult to run school virtually. I enjoy not having to fight traffic in order to get to work, however it’s difficult to build and nurture relationships virtually.
What are a few tips you can give?
I would provide the tips that I do not follow myself, but I believe are very important. Take care of yourself, eat well, exercise and get plenty of sleep. Since we have been under COVID-19 restrictions my eating and sleeping habits have altered. I, like many, spend hours at my computer and I often find myself working 12 or more hours a day. My New Year’s resolutions will be to take frequent breaks, exercise daily and limit my work day to 8 hours.
*As I type this response at 6:14pm, I have been at my computer since 8 am.
What are some rules and circumstances that apply to sports during COVID?
As a lover of all sports, sports have been greatly affected by COVID. Students are able to participate in virtual sports but it does not take the place of in-person sports. I am not sure what rules will be put in place once we are able to engage in sports again, but I can only assume sports will look differently.
What are your expectations for the control of education after COVID?
I expect that education will continue to look different. We have learned a lot through virtual learning and many of the lessons have been good. Administrators and teachers are using technology to engage parents and students in ways that we have not done in the past. I expect that we will not need to have snow days in the future because we can just convert to online instruction. I know for some students online learning is a chore, but I can honestly say that some of our scholars are excelling online. For these online rock stars, I hope the district continues to offer an online option in the future.
Do you think it would be difficult to return to a normal routine due to COVID?
I think it will be years before we return to “normal”. However, people are resilient and we adapt very well. Technology is ever changing and making things easier. Although it will take time, our new normal will be new and improved.
Do you feel any pressure being principal virtually?
A lot of the pressure I have I place on myself. I feel like each of the 2,123 students of DuVal are my very own. And I want the best for each of them as I do for my two children. With that being said, I want everyone to be academically, spiritually and emotionally prepared. So yes, the pressure is real.