Natalie Robinson’s contributions to the field of education were recognized as she was one of 100 individuals to receive the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, presented to her by President Barack Obama.
Robinson grew up in Mesa, Arizona, one of a long line of BYU graduates, including her grandparents, parents, and siblings. During her student years, she worked as a secretary for the Center for the Improvement of Teacher Education and Schooling in the McKay School. This experience gave her the opportunity to work closely with education professors. Robinson graduated in 2001 with her bachelor’s degree in elementary education.
During the seven years since her graduation, Robinson has taught mathematics and other fifth grade subjects at Manila Elementary School in the Alpine School District. She is currently in her second year as an instructional coach training first-year fifth and sixth grade teachers. She has earned a reputation as a committed, passionate educator who is a positive force in the school and district. Robinson earned her master’s degree with a concentration in literacy-specific instruction from Southern Utah University. She has received National Board certification and also a reading endorsement.
One of Robinson’s favorite aspects of being an educator is developing close relationships with students, parents, and district personnel. She explains, “My passion is not teaching math; my passion is not teaching reading or writing; my passion is teaching children.”
In addition to teaching, Robinson enjoys time with her family. Her husband, Brian, is a counselor at Summit High School. Together they have two sons. “I hope to take what I have learned in the classroom in the past nine years and apply it to teaching my own children good values.” In her spare time she enjoys taking photos, scrapbooking, experimenting with new cooking and baking recipes, spending time with friends and family, and playing softball.
May 18, 2010