Congratulations to Katya Robinson, May Teacher of the Month
Katya Robinson, a special education teacher with the West County Special Education Consortium, has been named Sonoma County Teacher of the Month for May 2018.
The monthly award honors one of Sonoma County's most outstanding teachers from October through May. It is sponsored by the Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE), K-HITS 1049, and Community First Credit Union (CFCU), with additional support from Platinum Chevrolet.
“During these challenging times of post-fire recovery, we need teachers more than ever to help our students overcome adversity and thrive,” said Steven D. Herrington, Sonoma County Superintendent of Schools. “The Teacher of the Month program this year seeks to honor, support, and thank those teachers."
Numerous enthusiastic nominations described Ms. Robinson as an outstanding teacher and dedicated advocate for the students with special needs who she serves.
"Katya Robinson is a true asset to all our children in West County and beyond. For over 10 years, Katya has devoted herself and creative prowess to troubled and gifted kids alike," said one person who nominated Ms. Robinson.
Ms. Robinson has used her own money and written numerous grants to buy adaptive technology, iPads, standing desks, and other learning tools that help her connect with her students and make education more accessible to them. Her innovations include starting and leading a community sports program for children with special needs. In this program, participants "play and learn together in fun, equality and compassion," according to her nominations. Ms. Robinson also helps train other teachers in how to use adaptive technology.
"Katya is one of the most amazing teachers I have ever met. She has a magical touch with kids," read another nomination. "She is always finding new ways to include her students (past and present) into the community and provide them with every opportunity that general education students have."
Another nomination, by a coworker, said, "She is not only always thinking of how to get our students what they need, but how to make what we give to our kids shareable and universal, so that other districts and counties can use our resources for their students."
Ms. Robinson was surprised with the award at a school assembly at Park Side Elementary in Sebastopol. She received a plaque and $400 classroom supply gift card. She expressed surprise at the award and gratitude to those who nominated her.