New principal, assistant on job at high school
Joey Geletka, principal at Normangee High School for the past two years, was named RHS principal Monday by school trustees.
At that meeting, board members also named Brent Hasselbach, six-year Rockdale ISD coach and teacher, as RHS assistant principal.
With the start of school less than a month away, both men are already working in their new positions.
Geletka is a native of Geneva, Ohio, and earned his undergraduate degree at Thiel College in Greenville, Pennsylvania on a track scholarship.
He has since earned a masters degree at the University of Houston-Clear Lake and done postmasters work at the University of Houston.
He didn’t take the usual path into an education career. “I went to work as a private investigator in Detroit,” he said. “I worked workman’s compensation fraud cases for the big three auto makers and some other corporations.”
But he decided to get into teaching, moved to Texas and accepted a position with the Alvin ISD in south suburban Houston.
Principal He moved on to Class A Normangee, first as interim principal, then as principal.
The RHS job opened up when Luke Allison, principal of Groesbeck High School, turned down t he cha nce to replace Chad Jones.
“You know all smaller schools have connections w ith other schools,” Geletka said. “My wife and I knew people who knew about Rockdale and we both liked it every time we came through.
“I had been in a building program at Normangee and we certainly knew about the fine new facilities,” he said.
“I’ve been so impressed by everyone I’ve met while I’ve been in Rockdale and I’m sure looking forward to meeting all the students.”
Geletka’s wife, Rebecca, a business teacher, was also hired Monday by the Rockdale ISD school board. They have no children.
Hasselbach was offensive coordinator/ running game and head track coach for RHS athletics in addition to his classroom duties.
“I’m delighted that I was selected for this position,” he said. “I think it’s important to have some continuity for the students and I believe I can provide that.”
A native of San Antonio, Hasselbach graduated from Churchill High School in that city, then earned his undergraduate degree at Baylor.
After a five year-stint at Lorena, and three at Lexington, he came to Rockdale where he has taught social studies, world histor y and Texas history in addition to coaching.
Hasselbach and wife Leslie, a music teacher in the RISD, have three children.
“I know I’m still going to get called ‘coach’ a lot when school starts but I won’t mind a bit,” he said.