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Congratulations to Richmond’s Rodney Robinson, who was officially recognized as the 2019 National Teacher of the Year on Wednesday. “CBS This Morning” announced Robinson’s well-deserved award during a national broadcast.

Robinson teaches social studies in the city’s juvenile detention center at Virgie Binford Education Center, where he’s worked since 2015. The 19-year veteran of Richmond Public Schools previously taught at Lucille Brown Middle School, George Wythe High School and Armstrong High School.

We can’t think of a better ambassador to travel around the country and advocate for education, teachers and students. Robinson is known for his dedication to his students, as well as addressing head-on the tough issues facing them. In a field where only 20% of teachers are minorities and less than one-quarter are male, according to Education Week, Robinson serves as a role model.

He is the third Virginian to be named National Teacher of the Year and the first Richmond teacher to be awarded the honor. Virginia’s previous recipients were B. Philip Bigler of Fairfax County in 1998 and Mary Bicouvaris of Hampton in 1989.

Now he’s the second person in the division to hold the title — RPS Superintendent Jason Kamras received the accolade in 2005 as a math teacher in Washington, D.C.

Kudos have poured in from across the region, state and nation — and rightfully so.

Gov. Ralph Northam said in a statement, “He personifies the commonwealth’s commitment to making sure that every student, no matter who they are or where they live, has access to the educational services and supports necessary to succeed in school and in life.”

— Pamela Stallsmith

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