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Teacher of the Year
Congratulations Amie Robb

Congratulations Amie Robb!!!

Amie Robb

I have been in education for over 20 years. However, my mother is a retired teacher, so I guess you could say I grew up in the classroom. Ohio is where my career began. I have been everything from a student services supervisor to an assistant principal. However, the classroom Is my favorite place to be. In the beginning I taught at an alternative school. I won the “Job Well Done” award from the superintendent. My studies led me to research adolescents with executive functioning issues. At night, I taught at a juvenile detention facility. The program assisted with decreasing recidivism rates among adolescents. I became a self-defense instructor through the Crisis Prevention Institute. I taught techniques to de-escalate situations in schools. I also worked with my mentor and a psychiatrist to better understand children in crisis. I was awarded the opportunity to present our findings at an international conference on forensics at New York University. After my time in Ohio, my husband and I moved to Atlanta to be closer to my sister. We have lived in Atlanta for 16 years and love it! I have had the opportunity of teaching in both private and public schools in Georgia. Rockdale county is by far my favorite public school system to work for. I always knew my friend Mrs. Shahan taught in a small county outside of the city. She told me about opportunities in working at Rockdale County School System. So glad I did, and I am thankful to her for that. My team at Memorial is like working with family. From the very beginning Mrs. Randall, Mrs. P. Hudson, Ms. Clayton, and Ms. Simmons have been completely supportive. I am so lucky to have them in my corner. I have also had the pleasure of working with two fabulous co-teachers Ms. Belle and now Mr. Ward. They have given me the opportunity, and shared space to do what I do. I am thankful for all of my eighth-grade team and MMS.

On my time off, I enjoy spending time with my husband of 19 years and our dog, Grover. We have three nieces in Atlanta, one niece and two nephews in Florida. We enjoy spoiling each one of them, age ranges from 6 to 24 years old. I enjoy horseback riding, biking, hiking, and doing my art. I am featured in a gallery in Atlanta. I am a member of the art Krewe that started the Beltline Lantern parade, and we assist with parades in and around the city. Some of the proceeds from my art go directly to my friends without homes. Homelessness is a cause dear to my heart. I volunteer through clean up and art festivals in our neighborhood as well.

My philosophy in education is to teach the whole child. Through my mother (retired teacher), and my aunt (psychologist), I have learned the importance of not only meeting the academic needs of students, but their social and emotional needs as well. During the past two years in education, we have all really noticed a greater need in nurturing the social and emotional needs of students. If we don’t cater to their emotional well-being, academics will surely be missed. So, I am here to help.