Award-winning educator makes his mark in high school, college, and teacher's association

Ty Scott Robinson, a graduate of the McKay School of Education, is one of ten teachers to receive the 2007 Huntsman award. Robinson currently teaches geology, earth system science, and AP environmental science, and is the department chair of the Science Department at Provo High. In addition he is the President of Utah Science Teacher’s Association (USTA) and an adjunct professor teaching concurrent enrollment geology and environmental science at UVSC.

Robinson has been associated with the public school system for 20 years. “I taught ten years at Spanish Fork Junior High and three years at BYU as an adjunct professor in the David O. McKay School of education,” he said. "I just finished my seventh year at Provo High School as an educator.”

Robinson enjoys teaching because it allows him to expand his work within the field of science. “I love being a scientist,” he stated. “I truly enjoy sharing what I have learned with my students. I really like to involve them in current scientific issues and with my research. I like to be involved in theirs as well.” For Robinson, it is truly amazing to see students become "turned on" to science and learning. “Watching the achievement and intellectual growth of my students is the greatest reward of teaching,” he said. “I enjoy teenagers, and I enjoy the friendships [with] them.”

Robinson also indicated that a desire to make a difference in the lives of students is the most important part of a teacher’s responsibility. “A teacher who is very enthused and knowledgeable about his/her subject area is vital towards the success of the student,” he stated.

As an education student at BYU, Robinson learned the basic skills of being an effective classroom teacher from Hugh Baird, Marvin Tolman, Rich Tolman, and many others who made positive contributions towards his career. “The greatest impact on my teaching career came from my association with the professors of geology at BYU. To the entire geology department, I owe a great dept of gratitude.”

Robinson plans to continue teaching for ten more years, then get a PhD in either education or geology and go into politics. “In politics I would like to give my support to public education and its educators, and would like to make positive changes in helping public education.”

Robinson was born in Provo, grew up in Sevier County, and graduated from South Sevier High School in 1977. He and his wife, Jamie, are the parents of six and grandparents of two. Robinson enjoys baseball, anything associated with geology, cooking, being with his family, and being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

August 2007