Robert "Audubon Santa" Lee made his "REAL BEARD" debut as Santa for the 2019 holiday season, although his love for Christmas and for children is previously well documented. Within his first season, he has been offered a major retail appearance in New York City, an appearance on national television, and serves as the official Santa of the Trenton Thunder and the Evolve Gym.
During his years in Audubon, Bob has been very active in the community. He is currently serving as Commissioner, and is "Director of Public Safety" for the borough. He served as a track and field coach for the Audubon Junior High School, soccer coach with the Audubon Youth Soccer Association, and served on the Audubon Board of Education from 2005-2016. While serving on the Board of Education, Bob served two years as Vice-President and one year as President. He has experience in negotiating contracts from both sides of the table (union and management) and also was the chair of the district curriculum committee. He also served in various capacities as a member of the scholarship, buildings, and grounds, finance committees.
Bob is a former music teacher and current technology instructor and co-technology coordinator with the Brooklawn Public Schools. He has served in this capacity since 1994. Prior to that, Bob and Kim toured the country as professional opera singers. Bob had the honor of performing at Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall in NYC, as well as on opera stages throughout the United States, in Canada, and in Europe.
Currently, Bob serves as a soloist in the yearly performance of Handel’s Messiah at Ursinus College and often performs the National Anthem at triathlons and other races. Bob’s wife Kim was a 1984 winner of the Metropolitan Opera Voice Competition and performed on the stage of the Met which was broadcast on NPR.
Bob holds a Bachelor of Music degree from West Chester University and a Master of Arts in Curriculum Instruction from Nova Southeastern University. As an instructor, Bob has served as an adjunct professor at Nova Southeastern University and at Wilmington University. He often travels to school districts for staff training in areas of technology, in particular, Google Apps for Education.
Bob has served the Audubon community in a number of additional ways. He has been active with the Audubon Education Association, has provided training for Audubon staff members in classroom technology skills, has assisted in classroom activities as a volunteer, and has been a supporter of the arts in the Audubon Public Schools.