Secretary of State Elaine Walker awarded the 2nd annual Kentucky Outstanding Civic Education Leadership Award to Merritt Robinson and 14 regional outstanding civics educators today at the KHSAA Sweet 16 Tournament. The honorees have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the classroom by promoting and strengthening civic education and by providing students the opportunity to be active engaged citizens in their communities.
Mrs. Robinson, an educator at duPont Manual High School led her students in raising $17,000 in funds for local and global service learning projects, spent 18,000 hours helping 70 different community organizations. They raised funds to purchase goats for families in Dafur, and conducted a Service Learning Celebration Fair that included 182 different projects on display.
“Mrs. Robinson, like all educators honored today, has gone above and beyond the call of duty and is an inspiration to each of us as we strive to increase civic participation in the next generation. Each educator honored today is an excellent example of how we can positively shape the lives of young people each and every day. Their work increasing civic education is important in helping shape the next generation of leaders.”
Mrs. Robinson teaches AP Human Geography and Advanced Civics at Louisville’s duPont Manual High School, and is National Board certified in Social Studies. She has been a teacher at Manual since 2001, and has taught AP Human Geography for 9 years and Advanced Civics for the past 3 years. She is married and has three children; two daughters who attend Bowen Elementary and one son who is three-years-old
“My goal is to build a community of learners,” says Robinson. “I want to create a culturally responsive classroom community, provide high quality instruction, and help each student develop a depth of understanding of people and a sense of democratic responsibility. While at the same time, provide the chance to apply your knowledge in real-life situations.”
The Award recognizes a teacher, school administrator, educational leader, legislator or community organization leader who has made notable contributions toward promoting or implementing civic learning to prepare students to be engaged and responsible citizens. The award is given in partnership with the Kentucky Department of Education, the Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts, the McConnell Center for Political Leadership, the Kentucky High School Athletic Association and the Office of the Secretary of State.
Finalists from the 16 KHSAA Sweet 16 regions are:
- Region 1 Karen Worley Dean – Hickman County Elementary
- Region 2 Brian Gardner – AB Chandler Elementary
- Region 3 Gerald (Gary) W. Morris – McLean County High School
- Region 4 Ron Prieskorn/Olivia Perdue – Bowling Green Independent High School
- Region 5 Brandon K. Davis – John Hardin High School
- Region 7 Merritt Robinson – Dupont Manual High School
- Region 9 Megan Boimann-Hennies – Fort Thomas Highlands High School
- Region 10 Kathy Miller – Hannah McClure Elementary
- Region 11 Kelley West – Christ the King School/Tates Creek High School
- Region 12 Jennifer Chaplin – Monticello Independent Schools
- Region 13 Jennie Watkins – Corbin Intermediate School
- Region 14 Clara Gabbard – LBJ Elementary
- Region 15 Chase Goodman – Allen Central High School
- Region 16 Michelle Hawkins – Flemingsburg Elementary School