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Robinson Participates in Read to be Ready Campaign

Read to be Ready at Mayfield Elementary

Dr. Jason Robinson, assistant professor of education at Lee, recently participated in a local event to encourage school-aged children to read throughout the summer. The event was part of the “Read to Be Ready Summer Grant Program,” sponsored by Tennessee’s Department of Human Services and hosted by Mayfield Elementary School.

Robinson was asked to direct part of the program which focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects. He taught students about hurricane-force winds by using a modified leaf blower and encouraged students to engage in STEM reading.

Also present at the Mayfield event were Tennessee Commissioner of Education Dr. Candice McQueen, Mayor Tom Rowland, and City Councilman and Helen DeVos College of Education Dean Bill Estes, along with many local educators and community members.

“Being asked to teach science to elementary students at Mayfield’s ‘Read to Be Ready’ program this summer was truly an honor,” said Robinson. “Fifteen years ago, Mrs. Hillis Cavender first invited me to direct Family Science Night events at the school, and now, because of her initial vision and leadership, science education is still viewed as a priority at Mayfield Elementary.”

Robinson joined Lee’s HDCOE in 2013. His teaching experience is diverse, and he is known in the community for conducting family science nights and annual science summer camps. He has received several awards throughout his career, such as the Bradley County Teacher of the Year (2001 and 2011), Tennessee Science Teacher of the Year, and most recently, the Lee University Excellence in Advising Award.

Mayfield Elementary School was one of 203 schools statewide which received “Read to be Ready” grants earlier this year in an effort to improve reading performance. Three other Cleveland city schools and one Bradley County school also received these grants.

“I am very thankful for the dedicated teachers who assisted me this summer and for the exceptional leadership of the school’s principal, Mr. Randy Stephens, who has always supported science programs for elementary students,” said Robinson.

For more information, visit Read to be Ready.

Robinson Presents for Readiness Program
Dr. Jason Robinson is shown here teaching during the Read to be Ready event.

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