Dallastown Area teacher’s hard work pays off
The work and passion of a Dallastown area high school teacher was recently recognized with the 2022 Teacher Impact Award.
Matt Robinson, 37, of Dallastown, has 15 years of teaching behind him, with four years in the Dallastown area and before 11 in the Spring Grove area school district.
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Robinson said he was amazed to learn that he was one of seven teachers who won the Teacher Impact Award through WITF and Rotary District 7390, which was announced on May 2nd.
He currently teaches accounting and business classes and helps the Future Business Leaders of America club.
The assistant director, Rebekah McCauley, warned Robinson that she had nominated him, he remembered, but he didn’t think that would mean anything.
“I like to do a good job and devote time and effort, but I don’t want the focus,” Robinson said. “It’s all about the kids, not me.”
Robinson is grateful for the name of the award. Impact is what it’s all about for him, from creating a relationship, creating memories, learning, and possibly building a professional field after classes.
McCauley named Robinson because he puts in extra effort and shows a lot of passion in what he does. Robinson arrives early and stays late. He shows his humor in his classroom with a clipping of Dwight, who is a character from the TV show “The Office,” sitting not far from his desk.
A wall of fame stands near the classroom door and features famous athletes such as Eli Brooks, an American college basketball player, and Olympic swimmer Hali Flickinger, both of whom attended Spring School. Grove.
“I’d like to think I have everything to do with her as a bronze medalist,” he joked, admitting that Flickinger had a semester with him.
Across the room, a financial ticker displays stock information so students can track and trigger a daily conversation.
The rest of his skills shine in the middle of the classroom where Robinson works with students. McCauley said he teaches interactive lessons as a supply chain simulation he did earlier this year. Robinson provided external sources, including professors at York College. Students learned what it takes to order and sell cell phones.
Students can earn incentives in their class, such as during the question of the day, if a team of students answers correctly, students can earn a fake dollar. At the end of the semester, the team with the highest amount wins candy.
“Students love their class,” McCauley said. “You can see it; you can hear them talk about it. ”
One of his strengths, he said, is teaching with hands-on lessons, storytelling, real-life examples, and games such as Family Feud or a Wordle game. Each class is connected to its content and Robinson keeps the classroom environment active.
The teacher attributes his teaching style to many role models and his philosophy of learning and adaptation.
It will not occupy all the spotlight. Robinson said it is a collaborative effort in his department, consisting of four professors, including department head Rob Donatelli.
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In addition to interactive classes, Robinson keeps up with educational technology. He started using Nearpod, a more attractive presentation tool than a PowerPoint.
McCauley said he links with students because he builds a relationship with them. It shows them that someone cares first about them as people.
“It’s the epitome of the philosophy of why we’re here,” said Theresa Lewis, a school community relations specialist, who explained that Robinson, a teacher, will never be forgotten by students.
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Other Impact Award-winning teachers include Jonathan Makowski of Adams County, Diane Root of Cumberland County, Michael Bricker of Dauphin County, Tammy Sweeney of Lancaster County, Sabrina Ramirez of Lebanon County and Rosario Eppley of Perry County. .
In addition to the prize, teachers will receive a check for $ 500 for classroom materials.
The award ceremony is on May 24 at 6pm at the WITF Public Media Center. This is a face-to-face ceremony with buffet snacks available. Tickets cost $ 35 per person and are available at https://www.witf.org/events/.
WITF will accept the Teacher Impact Awards 2023 in January 2023.
– Contact Meredith Willse at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @MeredithWillse.