By April Clark Honaker
Kimberly Robison teaches second and third grade math and science at Dubach Elementary where she was recently chosen Teacher of the Year. Robison has taught in California, Arizona and overseas. This is her fifth year in Lincoln Parish, and receiving such an award is a first for her.
“It’s a real honor just knowing I’m part of a school and a team that can encourage each other to be our very best,” she said, “so I really appreciate that.”
Robison holds a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from East Texas Baptist University and completed graduate work at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary.
Then, after 16 years as a missionary in south Asia, Robison and her family returned to Lincoln parish where she grew up.
For Robison, her time spent as a missionary definitely plays a role in her teaching. It helped shape her mindset and helped her see things from a different perspective. The experience made her more humble and more willing to ask questions. “I want to learn and work as a team with my fellow teachers,” she said.
One thing that is unique about teaching in Dubach is that every student in the school will be Robison’s student at some point, and she also has the opportunity to teach students for two years in a row, which Robison said increases her investment in the students.
“It’s a really special atmosphere that we have there,” she said, “and a special opportunity to get to know families in our community.”
Robison said that having students for two years in a row allows her to build stronger relationships with her students and their families. “I know these students. I know who they are,” she said. And having them for second and third grade really smooths the transition from one grade to the next.
Just being around children brings Robison joy, but she recognizes the great responsibility she carries as a teacher and aims to make a positive difference in their lives in addition to teaching them about math and science.
It’s important to Robison to teach her students to think, reason, and question, but she said, “My number one goal for my students is to help them develop a love of learning and a strong belief that they can learn anything.” She acknowledges that learning is hard sometimes and easy at others. “Either way,” she said, “there’s room for growth.”
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