May 2017 Life Changer: Robin Price
Robin Price’s passion for reading runs deep. Her entire life has been devoted to enhancing the literacy skills of each student whom she encounters. As the longtime library media specialist at West Junior High, Price develops and curates the school’s ever-changing collection of print and electronic materials. Her role also allows her to make recommendations to help staff and students find the best materials and resources. But her most important task, she said, is putting a good book in the hand of a student and hoping to spark the love of reading.
“Robin is the heart and soul of our school,” said Sara Speicher, digital learning coach and reading teacher at West. “She is passionate about literacy and helping students pursue their passions through reading. She creates a culture of fun and a love of reading and technology in the West media center, where students love to hang out.”
As a mother of children in Hopkins Schools, Price already had a deep passion for the District. So when a job at West Junior High was available, she knew it was where she was meant to be. Whether it is assisting staff in finding relevant classroom materials or offering a new book recommendation to students, Price’s knowledge is invaluable.
Her colleagues say she is always willing to lend a helping hand. She is the first to offer her expertise when it comes to getting a new school initiative off the ground, and she eagerly works with students during her advisory time. Can’t find what you’re looking for in the media center? Price has even been known to make special trips to purchase the requested materials.
“Everyone at West is drawn to Robin because she is so positive, kind, and helpful,” said West educator Kim Campbell. “Robin is a staff member any school wants. She’s fun-loving, up for anything, cares about kids, and makes the media center a great place for teachers and students.”
Background: After a three-year stint at a St. Paul elementary school as a librarian, Price jumped at the chance to work in Hopkins. She has spent the majority of her career with Hopkins Public Schools as the library media specialist at West Junior High. Throughout her time with Hopkins, Price has turned the media center into a place where students can not only learn but also one they can cherish.
What do you love most about working at Hopkins Public Schools? I am proud to be a member of a quality teaching staff. I also love the family involvement in our district.
Proudest moment? Each time a student asks for another book recommendation or tells me that they loved a book from our library.
Teaching philosophy? Reading changes lives.
Stats: • B.A. in French and foreign language education, University of Delaware; M.A. in educational technology, San Francisco University. Robin and her family relocated to the Midwest where she began working in the St. Paul Public Schools. In 1997, she joined the staff of Hopkins West Junior High as the library media specialist and participates in both District and building leadership committees. Robin is passionate about reading.