Congratulations to LeeAnn Robinson of Blandy Hills Elementary School on being selected as the 2017 Baldwin County School District Teacher of the Year! Her leadership both in the classroom and our community serves as model for us all. We're proud to have her represent our school district when she competes for the state title.
Mrs. Robinson joined the Baldwin County School District in 2000. She served as a special education inclusion teacher for 10 years at Baldwin High School. She is currently teaching kindergarten students at Blandy Hills Elementary. Mrs. Robinson has a Bachelor of Science in Interrelated Special Education from Georgia College and State University. She has earned an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) endorsement and a Reading endorsement from Georgia College and State University.
What were the factors that influenced you to become a teacher?
"Unforgettable words and experiences can inspire many things. In looking back at factors that influenced me to become a teacher, I think of teachers that I had during my educational experience and my dad. Those are the two major influences that made me become a teacher.
"When I was a little girl, one of my fondest memories was playing school. I remember taking chalk and writing all over the hallway walls in my grandmother’s house teaching what I had been learning in school.
Thinking back on this memory as an adult reminds me of why I became a teacher. I became a teacher because I had great role models in my classrooms to show how learning was exciting and fun. My teachers were able to take the content and connect it to real-life applications so that I could understand the importance of it. They made their lessons seem effortless and along the way they had just as much fun as we did in the classroom.
Not only did those teachers make learning exciting and fun, but they were able to relate to us as individuals and they treated us with the compassion that most others would not. We were their children not just their students. As I watched my teachers throughout my educational career, all I could think was that teaching must be the best job ever. I knew that I wanted to follow in their footsteps and teach in the same school system that I graduated from. I wanted to be able to give back what had been given to me."