Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor's Degree in Journalism Master's Degree in Elementary Education Beginning Teacher Coordinator
Mrs. Constance Robinson
Welcome families! I am excited to be teaching our 2nd/3rd grade class for the second year. Before teaching the combination class, I taught kindergarten for seven years and second grade for three years at Bell Fork Elementary School. Teaching, though, is not my first profession. For seven years, I worked as a journalist for newspapers on both coasts before deciding to get my master's in elementary education. I am a Florida native and attended the University of Florida (Go Gators!!) graduating with a bachelor's degree in journalism. I moved to Jacksonville with my Marine husband and have lived here for more than 10 years. I have two beautiful daughters, one who is in college (continuing the Gator tradition) and my youngest is in high school. As a military family, we have lived all over the world. My favorite place, though, was Japan. I began my teaching career in Okinawa and fell in love with the culture! We continue to travel often and I enjoy incorporating what I have learned on these trips in the classroom to give my students a global perspective. I am thankful to have been blessed with the gift of teaching and continually strive to give my best daily to my students and co-workers.
What is a Combination Class?
Combination classes provide a unique opportunity for students of different grade levels to work together. Yet, combination classes are not a new concept. Think back to the era of our one-room schoolrooms. These early classrooms were multiage, with one teacher providing instruction to children of various ages. Research has shown that students in combination classes often achieve the same level of academics as single-grade classrooms and benefit from the multiage setting. Some advantages include instruction driven more on students’ needs than curriculum, opportunities for students to collaborate and learn from one another, and more small group instruction.