National award given to Newark teacher

May 27, 2013 by  

The New Teacher Project (THTP) and the People’s Preparatory Charter School (PPCS) of Newark recently announced that the Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice for 2013 has been awarded to Keith Robinson, the Dean of Culture and a ninth grade math teacher at the school.

No doubt flyer printing and poster printing are being used to inform the students, parents, and others in the community of this prestigious award. The award is given every year and honors those teachers who have been exceptionally effective with students in public schools based in areas of high poverty.

There are only four teachers who receive this award each year. Those who do are given $25,000, as well as a chance to participate in an intense summer program designed to help them share their experiences with other country-wide educators.

The award was presented to Robinson by the Mayor Cory Booker, school head Jess Rooney, representatives of the School’s Board of Trustees, and family members of Robinson as a surprise during his second period math class.

According to Rooney, Mr. Robinson is a smart, hardworking teacher who is committed to his students and wants to help them to develop and grow as learners and people.

PPCS was opened in the fall of 2011 with 95 students in the ninth grade. It will become a full high school by the fall of 2014 as it adds a grade level every year.

Robinson teaches ninth-grade algebra and trains the first year math teachers at the school.