Rodney Robinson

Rodney Robinson


Virgie Binford Education Center

Richmond, VA USA

The reason I teach is to raise up and take care of the underprivileged and underserved students of America.


By Roadtrip Nation

Rodney Robinson


My road in life has been direct.
Growing up, I was inspired by my mother, who was always giving back and engaging with the community.
Being brought up in a rural school system, I struggled with culturally outdated lessons and racial discrimination—that experience made me decide to become a teacher and help students like me.
After high school, I went to Virginia State University, which provided the culturally affirming education I needed in order to build up my confidence.
After a little bit of a struggle through my first couple of years as a teacher, I started teaching at Armstrong High School in Richmond, Virginia.
Armstrong High School was racially and economically segregated from the rest of the city, but I loved teaching at the school and working with that population.
After 12 years, I was feeling some burnout with teaching—I still wanted to teach and work with the same population, but I also needed some sort of change.
A friend of mine had become the principal at the Richmond Juvenile Detention Center, so I decided to join them and teach at the detention center—I went from teaching 1,200 kids to 60 kids.
I’ve adopted a collaborative teaching style and am able to give my students the attention they need to grow—my efforts were recognized nationally when I was named 2019 National Teacher of the Year!
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High School
History, General
Virginia State University
Educational Administration and Supervision
Virginia Commonwealth University



I teach social studies in a juvenile detention center.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Teaching / Mentoring

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

If you want to become a teacher, go into it honestly as yourself. Be honest with your students and be yourself. Students deserve honesty. They also connect best with the teachers who are completely themselves.


The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

"Teaching is not for you."

Challenges I Overcame

Racial Discrimination