Name: Aaron Roberson
Grade/Subject at what school: Second Grade, Oak Trace Elementary School
Number of years teaching: 7
Background/Schooling (college & high school):
Center Grove High School
Bachelor’s elementary education, Purdue University
Master’s educational administration & supervision, Ball State University
Why did you become a teacher? I’ve always wanted to be a teacher. I think making my brother and sister “play school” time and time again growing up solidified that fact. I’ve also worked with children my entire life, so I’ve always known children were my passion.
What goals do you have for your students? To love learning and, ultimately, become lifelong learners. Second grade is a pivotal age in helping develop a child’s view toward school and education in general, and my goal is always to help each child love to learn.
What do you encourage parents to do at home to help their children strengthen particular skills? I always encourage parents to push their students to grow as learners, but also develop a love of learning. With reading, for example, I tell my parents to let their children choose books they love (even though they might be too easy or too hard and require some assistance) because that is how they develop an adoration of reading. Learning is the same way – one has to be interested and engaged to truly want to do it.
Name your favorite movie. “Best in Show”
Name your favorite musician or band. It changes every week, but I’m currently listening to the Adele channel on Pandora.
What’s something your students might not know about you? I gave the commencement keynote speech at my college graduation from Purdue. It was one of the most memorable experiences of my life.