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March 30--  There's a new headmaster at Robert Toombs Christian Academy in Lyons starting in June.

Travis Absher graduated from Montgomery County High School in 2000 and got his Bachelors Degree and Masters Degree at Georgia Southern.  He comes to RTCA from Tattnall Square Academy in Macon where he's been since 2013 as assistant headmaster and facilities director.

travisabsherThe incoming Headmaster visited with Vidalia Rotarians Wednesday.  He is spending this week at RTCA while Tattnall Square is on Spring break.

His reaction to the new challenge, "Excited, growing up here I always knew Robert Toombs was a great school and a great place to be.  I'm just excited to bring my children back home to a great community."

Travis and his wife Courtney have twin two-year-old sons, Canon and Cason, and he's looking forward to carrying on the Robert Toombs tradition, "That school was founded 48 years ago by a group of parents with similar thoughts and concerns and I think now-a-days there are still those concerns out in this world.

"I want our students to feel safe and I want them to feel safe while they are being challenged.  I want to challenge them and push them as hard as I can while we have them there with us, while they're sitting around our tables eating dinner at night before they move off to college.  I want to show them what failure feels like and what success feels like after that failure.  The best time to do that is now when we can put our arms around our kids every night and can look them in the eye and says that's okay, now what can we do to get better, and do it all in a Christian atmosphere.  To me, there's nothing better than building leaders," he said.

Robert Toombs has about a hundred fewer students than Tattnall Square and the incoming headmaster says that's an advantage, "Being able to hold kids accountable for everything they do in those class sizes is a big key for me.  We want those kids to have those relationships with teachers where they are more than a number, that their teachers really care about them, and that's what we're going to have there."

The new headmaster's wife is also a Georgia Southern grad and will get her Master's in Health and Physical Education from Georgia State College and University in Milledgeville in May.  She's been coaching at Tattnall Square for the past three years.