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I am happy to finally come home to “lower Alabama.” I was born on the Ft Rucker Base in Enterprise, AL while my father attended flight training for U.S. Army Aviation school. Within a year of my birth, our family made the first of many moves that would carry us around the world and back until my father’s retirement in 1980. I loved traveling and learning; however, my fondest memories were made with my extended family in Washington County, AL.
I graduated from Mount Vernon High School in Alexandria, VA and attended Shenandoah Conservatory of Music as a vocal and theater major. That didn’t work out for me, so I transferred to Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL as a Business Finance Major. After graduating, I moved to Atlanta, GA and worked for Georgia Pacific Corporation for about two years. While in Atlanta, I meet some cool Australians who were merchandising some unique Australian goods at various State Fairs around the country. With Australia becoming such a craze with the American public, I immediately saw the solid business potential of a retail outlet in Washington DC. We opened our first store two blocks from the White House and a year later, our second at The Inner Harbor in Baltimore Maryland. Owning those stores was a lot of fun and seven days a week of hard work.
About five years after starting the businesses, I reunited with my high school sweetheart and decided to sell out my portion and start a family. Steve and I were married in a beautiful ceremony in Reston, VA and within a year had our daughter, Kendyll Sage Robinson. He was a food and beverage manager with Marriott and we soon transferred to Huntsville, AL. where we had our son, Kyle Christian Robinson. When Kendyll was turning five, we moved to Gallatin, TN where we remained for the next 22 years. During our children’s’ early years, my mother developed Alzheimer’s Disease and I chose to care for her at home. It was during this time that I was called to be a teacher.
I started working at Sunday School and Children’s Choir, then along with another couple we started a middle school program at our church. These rewarding experiences solidified my desire to combine my two loves, music and education. During my introduction to education class, we learned about special education, which captured my heart and I changed my major. I earned a Masters of Education in Special Education in 2003 and started working the next month. In 2004, I began working with gifted and resource student third through 8th grades, then in 2007 to 2014 I was strictly at the middle school. This afforded me the opportunity to be one of our school’s leaders in CCSS training given by the TN Department of Education in both 2013 & 2014. I applied and was chosen to be a TN CORE Coach for Middle & High School U.S. History and World History during the summers of 2014 and 2015. CORE Coaches played a very important role in the roll out of the new teaching standards in that we designed and delivered instruction to teachers around the state on the new focuses of instruction.
The new standards brought many changes to schools, teachers, students, and administrators across the country. In the Sumner County middle schools, the biggest change was in scheduling classes; ELA and math became 90 minutes, gifted was reduced to twice a week, and resource was eliminated in favor of inclusion. These changes forced me to decide on a career path; at this point, I chose to continue as a gifted itinerant teacher at two middle school while pursuing an educational leadership degree through the Education Specialist program at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. My graduation in May of 2016 was bitter sweet as my beloved father had passed away three months earlier in February.
With my father’s passing, my sister, Pam and I inherited our family land in Millry, AL. Our family discussed the options and decided to move home, to “L.A.” and settle in Baldwin County. It took a year to get everything organized to move; but with hard work and dedication, we arrived on May 27, 2017. We love Baldwin County and look forward to living here for many years to come.
I am very fortunate to have our two fantastic administrators, Dr. Wigstrom and Mrs. Lisa Creps, take a chance on me as the new 8th grade Science teacher. Adjusting to a different education system and school is challenging, but fun. I am enjoying getting to know all our students; their personalities are just what I’d expect of middle schoolers… fun loving, serious, curious, polite, spontaneous, and crazy all at the same time! I love working with them; there is never a dull day!
(The picture: Alison Robinson and sister, Pamela Masella, at Oakleigh Plantation in Mobile. Interesting tidbit: Pam lives in Manassas, VA, the site of the very first battle in the civil war and Alison now lives in Spanish Fort, AL, the site of the very last battle in the civil war.)