Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week ... please help us celebrate 2022 ACTIVE Academies Teacher of the Year Whitney Robinson!
Whitney Robinson, a math teacher at ACE Academy, earned the respect of her ACTIVE Academies campus colleagues by demonstrating daily her commitment to help struggling students succeed.
ACE Academy is the school district’s alternative daytime high school, and many of its students are working to overcome challenges from learning to mental health to self-discipline.
“She makes sure students feel welcome in her room and not judged for who they are,” shared a former student, who began her year in Ms. Robinson’s class with depression and anxiety. “She has exceptional teaching skills, and I have seen her take the most unmotivated kids and help them finish credits early.”
A Creekview High School graduate, Ms. Robinson began her teaching career in Fulton County and then returned to Cherokee County to join the faculty at River Ridge High School. After a hiatus to serve as a missionary mentoring teenagers in the Dominican Republic, Ms. Robinson was called back to teaching and joined ACE Academy.
In addition to crafting innovative classroom lessons to reach her students, she also has helped with programs like the opportunity for her students to volunteer in CCSD’s Transition Academy. The Transition Academy, which is on the same campus as ACE, provides vocational and life skills programs for young adults with special needs after they graduate from high school. “My students who have worked in this program have a better understanding and compassion for others,” Ms. Robinson said. “It has been a privilege to watch this program grow and see the impact it has had on ACE students.”
In her own words: “Students need to know that they are capable despite their failures. Their failures do not define them; failure is necessary for success.”
Special thanks to our 2022 Legacy Makers: CCSD Teachers of the Year Celebration's Presenting Sponsors: Cherokee County Educational Foundation, Credit Union of Georgia, Northside Hospital Cherokee and Shottenkirk Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Canton.