Carmen Robinson, MA

Supervisor, Aspire Teacher Residency Central Valley at Alder GSE

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Growing up in Oakland, CA, I had a unique upbringing that shaped my perspective on life. As the first in my family to graduate from college, I hold a special place in my heart for my alma mater, Paul Quinn College, the oldest Historically Black College in Texas. My daughter attends Ben Holt Academy, and being a mother is one of the greatest joys in my life. As a huge fan of Beyoncé, I can often be found listening to her music or attending her concerts. When I’m not working, I enjoy tracing my genealogy, traveling for leisure, attending the theater, and planning parties.

My journey with Aspire began a decade ago when I became a Resident at Port City Academy located in Stockton. I completed the rigorous ATR accelerated credentialing program while earning my Multiple Subject Credential and Master of Education in Curriculum Development from University of the Pacific. As a result, I was able to assume my mentor’s position as the Primary Classroom Educator at Port City Academy. Since then, I have held various roles in education, including lead teacher, ALDER GSE mentor, program supervisor, induction coach, and equity leader at Port City Academy. I am incredibly grateful for the personal and professional experiences that have led me to this point and appreciate the leadership that has helped shape my teaching philosophy.

It is my utmost pleasure and privilege to uphold the legacy of education and progress at Aspire schools, in collaboration with the esteemed ALDER GSE program. Aspire and ALDER share a steadfast dedication to crafting innovative approaches that empower leaders and educators, such as myself, to make a meaningful impact on the lives of their students and contribute to the greater good of our society. My aspiration is to leave a lasting imprint on these organizations, much like they have profoundly affected me, and to foster their ongoing growth and development.