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Statement from Superintendent Kamras and the Richmond City School Board on the Selection of Mr. Rodney Robinson as the 2019 National Teacher of the Year

Words cannot express how proud we are of Mr. Robinson and how thrilled we are to have him
represent Richmond Public Schools (RPS) and the entire United States teaching profession. Rodney
teaches and leads with love – love for his students and their families, love for his colleagues, and love for
his community. He sees the hope, promise, and potential in every single one of the young people he
teaches and gives his entire self to them, in and out of the classroom. He represents everything we
stand for: boundless love for our students, a fierce commitment to equity, and an unyielding pursuit of
excellence. There is simply no one more honorable and more deserving of this recognition than Mr.
Robinson. On behalf of the entire RPS family, we congratulate him on being named the 2019 National
Teacher of the Year!
Richmond Public Schools also congratulates the other three national finalists: Donna Gradel, the 2019
Oklahoma Teacher of the Year; Kelly Harper, the 2019 District of Columbia Teacher of the Year; and
Danielle Riha, the 2019 Alaska Teacher of the Year. Each of them is truly outstanding and we are grateful
for the life-changing work they do in their respective states.