The heart of a school is its teachers, and we are fortunate to have some of the greatest educators at NSU University School – one of which being long-serving kindergarten teacher Robin Mendelson. With more than 41 years of teaching under her belt, Mendelson is a valued member of our school community whose passion and commitment to her students and their education has made a world of difference in the lives of many. When walking into her classroom, one thing is certain – you will always find energetic, engaged students exploring all there is to learn in an environment where ideas and contributions are valued.
Her lifelong love of learning was instilled by her mother who prioritized her family and was greatly involved in her children’s education, which helped Mendelson quickly realize her desire to work with and mentor children. Early in her childhood, she began babysitting and later became involved in a youth group where she held a leadership role throughout her high school and college years. Fast forward to today, Mendelson continues to lend her knowledge and expertise as a board member of a summer camp where she formerly served as a counselor, mentor, and director.
Outside of the classroom, Mendelson can be found spending time with her family and friends, traveling, bike riding, or enjoying walks with her furry friend named Bitzy “who is like a ray of sunshine on the cloudiest days,” she said.
Q&A with Mendelson:
Describe your teaching style.
Every child enters my classroom ready to explore the world and reach for the stars. I look for the uniqueness of each individual student, and I try to guide them to attain the goals they aspire to achieve. I want children to think, be able to make decisions, and most importantly, get along with their peers. Children learn best through experience, so I focus on providing meaningful experiences that drive greater depth of knowledge.
So far in your career, what do you consider to be your greatest achievement?
I have touched the lives of countless young children and their families. I have helped these students meet their potential and have watched them grow up to become caring, successful adults. It is so heartwarming when students I taught years ago come back to visit or when I find them back in my classroom only now as parents!
What do you enjoy most about your work?
Working in an environment like NSU University School has afforded me the opportunity to truly teach. When parents and students care and love learning, my job becomes easy! I enjoy walking into school, ready to accept the challenges of each day. I have learned and grown in my skills and knowledge working with NSU educators who value education as I do and understand that it is a lifelong journey.
How has being a teacher impacted or changed your life?
Teaching has kept me young! The laughter and smiles of the young child help me to stay connected with the positive aspects of life. When I am feeling overwhelmed or sad, my students always brighten my day and help me forget about my worries.
What are some words of wisdom you would share with future educators?
Live and love your passion as an educator! There will always be ups and downs. You might not think you have done all that you can do, but when you look back, you will know in your heart that you have made a lasting impact on the lives of students.