Karen Robinson now teaches at Holstrum Options School in Northglenn. Last year, when she was nominated for the award, she was in Broomfield at Coyote Ridge Elementary.
At both schools - her students have taken part in "Froggy Fridays." It's a program that allows the students to interact with their "grands," short for grandparents. Not their real grandparents, but rather their adopted grandparents who live at a local senior center. It's called "Froggy Friday" because the kids visit the "grands" or write letters to them on some Fridays.
Robinson says the lesson is that some people may look "froggy" on the outside, but are a prince or princess on the inside.
"The grands know the value of looking beyond the surface and seeing the talents and abilities of each student," Robinson said. "And we have so much to learn from our seniors."
Some of the parents of her students say she is such a great teacher because she cares so much.
"You entrust your children with their teachers such a big chunk of their lives every year, nine months of their lives, and its just amazing how Karen really grows them. Not only as students, but as people - little people," parent Stacey Ray said.
Robinson has a passion for teaching not only class lessons, but life's lessons. Her students may not even know it yet, but it will help shape their futures.
Congratulations to Karen Robinson, our October winner of the 9Teachers Who Care award.
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