Meet Dr. Robinson, principal of the Early College Academy
Dr. Constance Robinson started as the principal of the Early College Academy (ECA) on August 27, 2018.
“Constance has been called to support our students to achieve their dreams, regardless of any barriers or challenges that brought them to the alternative setting,” said superintendent Carly Baker. “She feels compelled to tell the stories of our children so they can find success in and beyond our walls.”
Dr. Robinson was previously the assistant principal at the Math and Science Academy in St. Paul. Prior to that, she served as a Student Success Program Lead and worked in Day Treatment Child Development and Therapeutic Care for Minneapolis Public Schools. She has obtained a B.S. from St. Mary's University of Minnesota, a M.S. in Psychology from Grand Canyon University, and received a Doctor in education at Bethel University.
“My goal for this year is to further the positive school climate in place for staff, students, and other stakeholders, to build relationships with families and staff, and base every decision on what is best for the student and their well being,” Robinson said.
Having worked in a variety of settings to support children, Robinson saw first hand how school districts can best meet the varying needs of its students. Robinson worked with principals and administrators to integrate relevant content into curriculum that students can see themselves and feel represented in their learning.
“At times, educators were very uncomfortable to tackle equity head on, but I would explain how important it is for all of us to make everyone feel welcomed in the learning community,” Robinson said.
Part of the reason Robinson was interested in serving the ECA community is to continue her work in equity.
“I believe I can make an impact on staff and students by modeling what is expected as a leader. As an African American, too many times we are viewed negatively due to stereotypes and stigmas,” Robinson said. “I believe if students can see a positive example, they can seize it in time for themselves.”
When she’s not at work, Robinson enjoys singing at weddings and other special occasions, and being a faith and worship leader. She is married with children, loves to travel, meet new people and learn new languages to better communicate with others.