Dinwiddie County Public Schools has named Midway Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher Robin Green as its 2016 Division Teacher of the Year. The school division honored the teachers of the year from every Dinwiddie County school at the April school board meeting before announcing Green as its division-wide honoree.
Superintendent David Clark said that even though only one person could be recognized as division-wide teacher of the year, the program still shows what kind of teachers Dinwiddie has.
“I think you really see the quality that’s coming out of the buildings each and every day,” Clark said.
Penny Brooks, the principal of Midway Elementary, spoke about Green at the meeting.
“She establishes great rapport with her students and families,” Brooks said. “She builds strong relationships and works very hard on a daily basis to ensure success for all her students.”
Green is originally from Dinwiddie County and actually attended Midway Elementary School as a child. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Virginia Tech. Green taught in Prince George County before coming back to Midway, where she has taught kindergarten for fourteen years.
“I have to admit, when I first came, kindergarten was the only position open, and I was scared to death to do kindergarten, but now I wouldn’t trade it for the world,” Green said. “It’s wonderful.”
Green said that her favorite part of being a kindergarten teacher is seeing the growth in her students, both during the school year and after they leave her class and continue on through the higher grades to graduation. When asked why she decided to become a teacher, Green said that she wants to make a difference.
“I was fortunate, going through school, that I had some wonderful teachers that were role models that inspired me,” Green said. “I always hope and wish that my kids are better able to face the future just because of the time that we’ve spent together.”
Green said that she always tries to be the kind of teacher that she would want for her own children.
“I try to see the children through the eyes of their parents,” she said. “I know that they’re sending us the best children that they have, and we just have to give each child the same love, and care, and respect, and dedication that I would want for my own children.”
Green said that she feels like she works with many teachers who deserve to be named teacher of the year.
“I really feel like we should all get the award for being teachers of the year; it shouldn’t just be one person,” she said. “It is a team effort. I do not know what I would do without my colleagues here at Midway that support me every single day.”
Green will now be under consideration for the area’s Regional Teacher of the Year.
Featured Photo: Meredith Baker
Teachers of the Year Mary Dietrich (Dinwiddie High), Katie Jo Prince (Sutherland Elementary), Jordan Reekes (Dinwiddie Elementary), Robin Green (Midway Elementary), Tina Howerton (Sunnyside Elementary), Brandon Kimble (Dinwiddie Middle). Not Pictured: Heather Spaid (Southside Elementary).