Faculty Friday - Robyn Corwin
Our faculty spotlight this week is on 4N teacher Robyn Corwin. Robyn knew from a young age that she wanted to teach. She says, “When I was 8 years old, I hosted summer school in my backyard with a couple of neighborhood kids. With my easel, snacks, grade book, and personal library, I taught reading, writing and math, even conducting door-to-door parent-teacher conferences.” Fourteen years into her career, she’s still going strong. Let’s learn some more:
Favorite subject to teach? Social Studies—I love history! And I have a famous relative from the Civil War—John Wilkes Booth!
Defining moment as an educator? My first year teaching I wanted EVERYTHING to be perfect. I was working 10 to 12 hours every day. I wasn't sure if I enjoyed teaching since I was so stressed. One day, I needed a transparency made, and "asked" my co-teacher (actually demanded) if she would make the copy right at that moment for me. She said no. I freaked. She told me to stop trying to be perfect and to relax or I would get sick and not be any good to my students. Did I stop striving to be perfect? Nope. I kept at it, neglecting my health and my family. The following year I was diagnosed with cancer. From that moment, I learned to relax, took care of myself and realized perfect lessons and bulletin boards were not helping my students, or my family. I began enjoying teaching from that second year.
Community School claim to fame? While teaching Ancient Egypt in 6th grade, my mummified chickens never rotted!
States lived in? Missouri, Texas, Illinois
Family/kids? Husband-Jamie; kids-Justin, 25 years old & Mikayla, 22 years old
Pets? Dog—Bella, the crazy Schnauzer.
Hobbies? Paddle boarding, reading, and traveling
Favorite band/musical group? Fleetwood Mac, Rod Stewart
Favorite children’s book? Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
Favorite memories from your time as a student? I enjoyed volunteering to read to younger students while in elementary school.
Anything else interesting? If the teaching gig didn't work out, I wanted to study tornadoes, which we would call "storm chasing" nowadays!
Why Community? Beautiful campus, caring teachers and staff, great students/parents, yummy lunches