Meet Melinda Robinson
Story and quotes by Wilder Grimes, courtest of the Herald.
After spending the last 24 years as a teacher, Melinda Robinson joins the administrative staff at Randolph Elementary School this year. In her new role, she will share responsibilities with current RES Principal Erica McLaughlin.
Erica and Melinda will be focused on the needs of all the students and staff at RES, and one of Melinda’s personal goals is “helping RES reach its potential and to really show everything that our teachers and our students can do, because we have an amazing group of teachers and amazing students.” She also wants to bring more experiential education to students.
Through a committee she started last spring, Melinda plans on creating an outdoor classroom space at RES by building a structure near the school garden that will (hopefully) be installed in April. She believes that this new outdoor space will contribute to project-based learning, noting that “nature can inspire us to really integrate our curriculum.” She looks forward to observing different teachers and talking to them about their goals in the classroom.
She also shared her philosophy on learning: “If we meet students where they’re at,” she said, “and we push them as far as they can possibly go, they will achieve everything they possibly can. I strongly believe that all kids can learn…but you can’t just demand that a child learns, you have to give them a reason for learning.”
When she’s not in school, Melinda enjoys reading, getting outside on hikes and walks, and traveling.