Teacher in Focus
Randy Robbins, English department head, ECHS
by Celia Shortt
Randy Robbins is the English Department Head at East Coweta High School. He teaches AP Language and Speech.
Why did you become a teacher?
I was inspired by my great teachers along the way. I had teachers who made me feel safe and empowered by learning. I can’t think of a better feeling to inspire others.
How long have you been teaching here?
This is my 11th year teaching here. I started only two days after graduating college.
What is your favorite part of teaching?
My favorite part of teaching is having healthy conversation with students. When you realize as a collective, you’ve come to a place where you can have complicated dialogue with high school students about something that would otherwise appear boring, learning has taken place.
What is your favorite thing to teach in class?
Transcendentalists, but I also love teaching Whitman and T.S. Eliot. Each represents three different parts of America that were so vital. Each author was the voice of the period.
What is one thing you want to say to high school students?
Rise above the trees and see the forest. All the little obstacles that stand in your way right now, and seem insurmountable, are stepping stones to a much better future.
What do you do for fun?
Golf, anything to do with fishing and hunting, spending time with my nieces and nephew who live in Baton Rouge