Robinson Named Young Alumni Award Winner

October 4, 2018

Jessica Robinson
Jessica Robinson will receive the Distinguished Young Alumni Award at homecoming.

Jessica Robinson, secondary educator in the Altus (Okla.) Public Schools, will be honored as Wayland Baptist University’s Distinguished Young Alumni Award winner at the homecoming banquet on Friday, October 26.

Robinson is in her seventh year of teaching at Altus High School, where she also serves as Social Studies department chair and is a Link Crew sponsor and a district technology coach. Her course load includes AP Literature and AP Government and Politics. She also teaches adjunctly at Western Oklahoma State College in Altus.

Jessica earned her bachelor’s degree in English literature with a minor in history from the University of Oklahoma in 2010. She credits her former AP U.S. History teacher, WBU graduate Nikki Williams, with inspiring her to pursue the Master of Arts degree in history through Wayland’s online program. She completed the degree in 2016 and was invited to join Phi Alpha Theta, the history honor society.

For the last school year, Robinson was chosen as the Altus District Teacher of the Year and is a Top 12 finalist for Oklahoma Teacher of the Year. She is known for her innovative use of technology and social media to engage students in the classroom.

“I believe that Jessica Robinson exemplifies eloquent devotion, not only for her students, but those of us blessed to call her friend or neighbor. She is dedicated to doing for us ‘a thousand times over,’ and Wayland Baptist University could not ask for a better representative than a person who exhibits that philosophy,” shared adjunct instructor Dr. James Powell in his nomination.

Aside from her school role, Robinson is also active in the Great Plains Emmaus Community, the American Legion Auxiliary and the Feed the Hungry initiative. She is also a leader in the Girls State program.

“Jessica has already set herself apart as a talented and passionate educator who truly cares for her students, knows and loves her material and is happy to serve her district,” said Teresa Young, alumni director. “Her leadership and service outside the school role are also exceptional and make her a great choice for our Young Alumni honoree. We are proud to call her part of the WBU family.”

The dinner banquet will feature a barbecue meal from Weekends. Tickets are $15 and require advance reservations by October 19 by calling Young at (806) 291-3600.