With more than 20 years of experience in middle grades and higher education, Dr. Mellanie Robinson knows that good teachers not only mentor students, but also continue to learn from mentors in their own field.
“During my first year at Reinhardt University, Dr. Ann Smith provided me with words of encouragement and so many valuable teaching resources,” said Robinson, an assistant professor of education. “Dr. Theresa Ast has also been very instrumental in my career development. She was extremely supportive when I was preparing to go up for tenure and promotion. Her guidance and wisdom throughout this process was priceless.”
Robinson wants to provide education to students with the same kind of opportunities, encouragement and inspiration she has received over the years.
Her favorite course to teach is DATA Social Studies and Fine Arts, a class in which she helps her students embrace their individuality as instructors in the classroom.
“I absolutely enjoy teaching this course because students have the opportunity to participate in some powerful discussions about current events. In addition, they get to expose their creative talents through the implementation of authentic individual and collaborative hands-on activities and projects which align with the K-12 Social Studies curriculum. I am so fascinated with their finished products.”
Even when she’s not on campus, Robinson is teaching and mentoring others as a spin/cycle instructor at L.A. Fitness.
“I am really passionate about fitness and want to encourage others to maintain a healthy lifestyle through exercise.”