We are excited to share with you that pre-K teacher Michael Robinson is one of 24 early childhood educators across the state being recognized this month by the Indiana Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning (OECOSL) as an inaugural winner of the Outstanding Educator Award!
The Outstanding Educator Award celebrates the hard work, dedication and passion of Indiana early education teachers and out-of-school time professionals. OECOSL received over 180 nominations last month for educators who have gone above and beyond for children, families and their colleagues.
Michael was nominated for his leadership and mentorship of his fellow teachers. As you may know, Michael is our Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Master Teacher, responsible for training all new Day Early Learning teachers so they can use the PLTW curriculum in their classrooms. When the pandemic began, Michael converted the teacher training to an online format to ensure new teachers were able to continue deploying the curriculum in their classrooms. He continues to provide this training virtually as we work to limit contact and ensure safety across our classrooms and centers. Outside of PLTW, Michael is extremely learning focused, always working to ensure the classroom environment meets the needs of children.
Michael is also a role model to other male teachers by mentoring and helping them grow their professional practice. He advocates for more men in the early learning sector, which makes a big impact on children, especially young males.
Michael will receive an Outstanding Educator Award certificate, as well as funds to purchase additional materials for his classroom. Please join us in congratulating him on this well-deserved honor!