Florida – High School Math
Geraldine Bixler Robbins, a mathematics teacher at Episcopal High School in Jacksonville, FL, has over ten years of teaching experience at the middle and high school levels. Prior to becoming a teacher, she worked professionally as a chemist, contractor and business owner in the environmental field. Robbins holds a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Florida and an M.S. in Mathematics Education (Teaching and Curriculum) from the University of Rochester, New York.
Robbins’ academic focus encompasses design and implementation of sound pedagogy, and cross-cultural/cross-generational/peer-peer interaction in learning and teaching. She actively explores the interactive processes and practices of community and how they manifest in teaching and learning.
In addition to mathematics, Robbins’ work focuses on developing the practice of good character. She participated in Thomas Lickona’s Institute at the Center for the Fourth and Fifth R’s (Respect and Responsibility), David Streight’s ‘Best Practices’ workshops, and established an upper school girls mentoring program at Episcopal.
At Episcopal, Robbins served as Chair of the Episcopal High School Accreditation Standards Committee for SAIS, SACS, FCIS, during which time she oversaw an extensive compliance audit and evaluation that took two years to complete. The resulting report was so successful that Episcopal was accredited for ten years instead of the normal five year term and the report is now being used by SAIS as a model for other independent schools.
Robbins has presented at the Florida Council for Teachers of Mathematics and T^3 workshops and conferences in Florida and Georgia. She helped to install and integrate the TI Navigator System in the Osceola County, Fla., school district and was awarded several technology and education grants for the purchase of a Navigator System, calculators, document cameras and projectors. Additionally, she is certified to teach mathematics, grades 7-12, in New York State and is licensed as an environmental Pollutant Storage Contractor in Florida.
Robbins is serving her second Fellowship year at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Office of Education.