Ethnic Gem: Robynee Williams
Updated: Sep 12, 2019
Wexler-Grant School State – Connecticut
By Takiya Green, Sr. Contributor Writer
Do you believe teachers should advocate for their students? Robynee Williams feels very strongly about student advocacy!
Robynee was inspired to teach by her grandmother, who was also an elementary/middle school teacher for over 30 years. She vividly remembers how her grandmother significantly impacted the lives of her students, and Robynee wanted to do the same. Following in her grandmother’s footsteps, Robynee received her Master’s in Education from the University of New Haven and began her teaching journey.
Over the past 13 years, Robynee has taught grades K-6, and she currently teaches 6th-grade math and science. She prefers teaching grades 6 and higher because students are old enough to work independently, can accept academic instruction, understand life lessons, and are willing to learn.
Robynee believes the most important lesson to learn from teaching is that it takes the full participation of all parties involved. Robynee stated, “For children to have a successful education, it is critical that everyone know and accept their roles.” She continued, “It is essential that teachers, students, parents/guardians, and support staff all do their part.” According to Robynee, it does take a village, but it also takes diligence and accountability.
Robynee’s teaching experience has been interesting, exciting, and inspiring. She believes students need much more than academics, and she often finds herself advocating on several different levels beyond her teaching degree. This sets her apart from many teachers who are not willing to be social advocates, along with all the other demands of teaching.
It is Robynee’s wish that her students take every opportunity presented thoughtfully. She knows children can achieve anything with support, proper tools, and a willingness to learn. Having her former students return to visit and seeing them excel in the real world reaffirms Robynee’s passion for teaching. There is no greater feeling than making a significant impact on the lives of the children she encounters.
Robynee has received a School Leadership Award in 2018 and 2019 from Explore Learning Gizmos, and she was also honored with a Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Attendance.
Robynee’s dedication to her students is outstanding, and she has definitely earned her recognition as an Ethnic GEM!