National Teacher of the Year: “My Job Is To Make Them Feel Loved”

(Photo credit: Council of Chief State School Officers)

Rodney Robinson’s smile couldn’t be any bigger after he was awarded 2019’s National Teacher of the Year. Robinson, who has taught for the last 19 years, has been published three times by Yale University and has received numerous awards for his accomplishments in and out of the classroom, most notably the R.E.B. Award for Teaching Excellence. And that’s not all! He is a member of Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney’s Education Compact Team, which includes politicians, educators, business leaders, and community leaders, and is working with city leaders and local colleges to recruit underrepresented male teachers into the field of education. He has also worked with Pulitzer Award-winning author James Foreman on developing curriculum units on race, class, and punishment as a part of the Yale Teacher’s Institute.