A Note from the Director,
Living in Arizona since the age of one, Robin understands the climate and culture of Phoenix. While attending public schools, she was able to enroll for her 6th through 8th grade years in Westwood Traditional School (now Alhambra Traditional School), conceptually a precursor to the charter school concept. Combined with spending her 11th grade year as an exchange student in Finland, a country recognized as having a strong education system, these experiences inspired an understanding of the benefits of choices in education.
She received her Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication at Arizona State University West in 1994. Her first position, Human Resources, allowed her to learn several skills that would later help when starting her school; including developing job descriptions, training new employees, and coordinating company-wide employee events. Her next position, security sales, continued building her skillset by allowing her to learn sales and project coordination. In 2000, she returned to school, receiving her Post-Baccalaureate degree in Elementary and Secondary education at the University of Phoenix.
She started her teaching career at Rancho Solano Private School teaching 4th-8th grades. She learned how to work with different ages and adapt the curriculum accordingly. During that time, she led the middle school team in integrating science, computers, and English classes successfully. She was also key in incorporating multiple outings into the community, including adopting a class from Papas School for the Homeless. After leaving Rancho Solano, she has taught for the past 14 years in charter schools.
She has taught 2nd through 8th grades in environments from classroom sizes of 15 to 36 children. During this time, she learned the importance of co-teaching and collaboration. In 2006, she received her Masters of Art in Education, Curriculum Development from the University of Phoenix. In 2006, she identified writing as an area of potential improvement in the school’s 3rd grade class, and designed and implemented a successful new writing curriculum to improve writing skills, resulting in measurable improvements.
In 2015, she opened a private preschool with one classroom, two children and a staff of 4. Today it has grown to 3 classrooms, 60 children, and a staff of 13. As owner, she has learned to make and stay within a budget, use marketing tools to reach the optimal number of customers, and identify a location and negotiate a lease for the school’s facilities.
Robin is a strong believer in school choice and the charter school system, and has a passion for offering a choice that provides a solid education through a positive school philosophy, highly-qualified teachers, strong parental involvement, and a close partnership with the community.