Robin Prescott - Upper School Math

What do you love most about your job?
I love working with such enthusiastic students and colleagues on a daily basis. RPCS is a very welcoming and supportive environment that gives our students a place to grow and flourish. I love that RPCS offers a wide variety of activities and opportunities for our students to both develop and display their myriad of talents.
 
What are specific traits you work to identify and grow in students?
I work to instill a love for learning and an interest in mathematics for my students. I want my students to feel confident in asking questions of each other and of their teachers. Additionally, I hope my students learn to embrace making mistakes and handling failure. Failure is something that we all face at some point in our lives; No matter what the magnitude of your failure is, the most important thing is what you do after you fail. You can choose to let your failures define you, but you always have the choice to learn from every mistake and use that knowledge to be better than before.
 
Why did you choose to work in an all-girls education environment? 
I attended a coed public K-12 school, and taught in one for seven years.  So my exposure to an all-girls environment was extremely limited prior to working here. Upon my first visit to RPCS, I knew that it was a special place. I only learned about RPCS through Mr. Timm (who was Professor Timm to me at Towson University), and when he said he had been here for over 30 years, I knew there had to be a reason.
 
Why did you choose RPCS?
Prior to coming in for my interview, I did plenty of research on RPCS and was impressed with everything that I read and saw. However, my visit to the school really left the greatest impression on me. I was greeted with warm smiles and welcoming words. The students I taught in my sample lesson were highly engaged. I visited on the day of the Memorial Day Convocation, and I loved seeing the unity from the smallest preschoolers all the way through the Upper School students. 
 
Why is education at the grade level you teach important?
I think education is important at every grade level and age. In Upper School, I believe it is important for students to find something they are passionate about, whether it is an entire discipline, a specific course, one unit, or even a single lesson in a class. Regardless, it is important to learn about yourself and discover what sparks you by trying new things and taking risks. Additionally, Upper School students learn to manage coursework along with their other activities, which is an incredibly important skill to develop as students transition towards college, careers, or wherever else their lives may take them.
"I teach because…I love it."
What do you want an RPCS education to mean to our graduates?
I want an RPCS education to mean that our graduates have worked hard to be the very best versions of themselves. I want them to leave here feeling proud of the work they have done and feeling as though they have left a lasting impact on the school, their classmates, and the RPCS community as a whole.
 
Why did you choose the subject you teach?
Math has always made sense to me and also has always been something that I enjoy doing. Moreover, I recall teaching/tutoring classmates throughout my school days and enjoyed being able explain concepts in different ways that made sense to others.
 
What is your teaching philosophy?
I want students to leave my classroom at the end of the year (and every single day for that matter) feeling more confident and capable in their abilities as a mathematics student. I believe that every student can succeed in mathematics, and this success looks different for everyone. I try to meet students where they are and help them reach their own academic goals, while also helping them meet expectations I set for them. I never teach a concept nor expect my students to learn something without them understanding why it is important and why it works the way it does. Students will feel most connected and interested to the topics in class when they are fully aware of the “why” and “how”, most especially when they can discover these on their own.
 
What is your favorite moment in the classroom?
It’s hard to pick one favorite moment, but I particularly love when students have a breakthrough on a concept or problem and are sincerely excited to share with their classmates.