COABE Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award Runner-Up: Angela Robinson
Los Angeles Technology Center
Los Angeles, California
The Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) is 15,000 members strong and growing, and provides a variety of services including annually providing competitive national-level awards, incentive grants, and scholarship opportunities through special funding provided by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.
Our mission is to inspire educators so adults succeed and communities thrive. COABE exists to provide leadership, communication, professional development, and advocacy for adult education and literacy practitioners in order to advance quality services for all adult learners. Fifteen thousand members strong, one way that we engage in these activities is by spotlighting excellence in the field. Angela Robinson was nominated for COABE’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award and was selected as a runner-up.
Angela Robinson was raised in Los Angeles, CA. She is a third generation educator. Her mother, Carolyn Robinson, was a science teacher at Virgil Middle School for 44 years and an adult school advisor for over 20 years. In middle school, Angela spent many evenings in the night school office assisting students, faculty, and administrators. It was during this time, that she discovered the important role of adult education in the community.
Angela is a product of the Los Angeles School district. She attended Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies during middle and high school. After graduation, Angela earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in business administration with a minor in finance from California State University. Shortly after graduating, she obtained an Adult Clear Teaching Credential from San Diego State University. Angela began her career when a teacher unexpectedly announced his retirement, leaving the office staff to look for a last minute substitute. She became a long term sub on that night, and hasn’t stopped teaching since. At Abram Friedman Occupational Center (AFOC),
Angela helped plan cultural programs for Black History and Hispanic Heritage Months. She served as ESL department co-chairperson. During her years at AFOC, she planned multiple field trips for ESL students to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Getty Museum. She planned trips that included not only her classes, but partnering teachers as well. In 2012, she was selected to represent LA Tech at the CCAE Conference in Sacramento, CA. At LA Tech, Angela served as co-chairperson of the instructional component for the school’s 2017 accreditation report. In addition, she serves on the school’s events committee helping plan festivities for students and faculty members. For the last 8 years, Angela has worked as a mentor teacher, working with graduate students from the University of Southern California. In that role, she models different teaching strategies that help make teaching collaborative and fun. She also provides a safe haven for future teachers to harness their craft, make mistakes, and feel safe as they grow into becoming exceptional teachers themselves. There is no mystery to her students’ success. Angela knows the importance of trying new teaching techniques and is eager to experiment. One of her greatest attributes is her willingness to be 100% coachable. It is this gift, learned from her career as a realtor, which has helped her create a community building atmosphere that is welcoming, comfortable, and SAFE for adult learners to begin the next chapter of their lives.
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