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AACTE Congratulates 2019 National Teacher of the Year Rodney Robinson

AACTE congratulates 2019 National Teacher of the Year Rodney Robinson and AACTE member institutions Virginia State University and Virginia Commonwealth University, which helped prepare him for his distinguished career path. Robinson is a 19-year teaching veteran who received the national honor last week by the Council of Chief State School Officers. (See AACTE’s press release issued today.)

Robinson teaches social studies at Virgie Binford Education Center, a school inside the Richmond Juvenile Justice Center, where he creates a positive school culture by empowering his students. He earned a bachelor of arts in history from Virginia State University and a master’s in educational administration and supervision from Virginia Commonwealth University.

“Mr. Robinson is very worthy of this honor and is a great role model for the teaching profession. He is the epitome of what a culturally-responsive practitioner should be and has an inspiring personal story of transformation, which is why his students love him so much,” said Willis Walter, dean of the College of Education at Virginia State University. “Having recently received state approval, we will soon launch our undergraduate teacher education program and Rodney is a perfect example of the stellar educators we want all of our students to become. We will always cherish him as our Trojan.”

“Rodney Robinson embodies what we want and need to see in all of our teachers,” said Andrew Daire, dean of the School of Education at Virginia Commonwealth University. “He brings a passion for all students, particularly those at-promise for success and pours the time, attention, skills and expectations they need to be successful. We are very proud of him and look forward to his message and character being felt nationwide.” 

Robinson is scheduled to join the other three finalists and state teachers of the year at a recognition ceremony this week.

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Jerrica Thurman

Director of Marketing & Communications, AACTE