Ocoee Middle School Teacher Dr. Jason Robinson was appointed to serve on the commission late last week.
“I am honored and excited to have been appointed by the governor to serve on the commission in Nashville. I know this will be a great opportunity to work side by side with great leaders in our state,” Robinson said.
Robinson oversees the science, technology, engineering and math program for academically talented students at OMS. He is also on the sixth-grade administrative team. Robinson is an adjunct professor in the Helen DeVos College of Education at Lee University. Robinson develops leadership conferences and science events for students in the United States and abroad.
“When I was informed that Dr. Jason Robinson had been selected to serve on the Tennessee Textbook Commission, I was not surprised,” Bradley County Director of Schools Johnny McDaniel said in a press release. “Gov. Haslam has made a wise choice in electing a proven educator with a heart for students and the expertise and experience to meet the challenge set forth in this extended role.”
Nomination for the position was made by the Bradley County Schools administration. The Governor’s Office had given school superintendents across the state the opportunity to make nominations.
“Dr. Robinson has first and foremost always had a commitment to his students,” supervisor of secondary education Dan Glasscock said. “But he has also possessed a vision that extends beyond the parameters of Bradley County Schools. The selection of Dr. Robinson to the State Textbook Commission ... is a tribute to Jason’s educational successes in and outside of Bradley County. He has established himself as a notable educator with an unassuming nature, impeccable character, and a spirit of collaboration. We are excited about his new responsibility.”
The textbook commission is made up of 10 people appointed by the governor to recommend textbooks to the state Board of Education for inclusion in the state’s official list of textbooks. Members of the committee include representatives from education and the community. They include a county school superintendent, a city school superintendent, “a principal, one teacher or supervisor from grades 1-3, one teacher or supervisor from grades 4-8, one teacher or supervisor from grades 9-12, and one member not employed in the educational system of the state from each of the three grand divisions of the state,” according to the Tennessee Department of Education website.
According to a press release, Robinson was named the Bradley County Teacher of the Year in 2002 and 2010. He was a National Science Teachers Association Award recipient in 2003 and 2007. In 2011, he was one of nine finalists for Tennessee Teacher of the Year.
Robinson is married to Faith Robinson, who is an elementary school teacher. They have two children, Noah and Maddie.