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  • Employee Spotlight - November 19, 2021 - Robin Wilson

    Posted by Human Resources Talent & Recruiting on 11/19/2021

    Robin Wilson Emp Spotlight

    Robin Wilson, Teacher - Kindergarten French, Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural School (F.L.I.C.S.)

    Detroit Public School Teacher Blends Writing, Teaching and  Learning to Change Students Lives 

    “I want young scholars to understand that they can become successful writers with consistent reading and writing practice. It is important to be persistent, especially in pursuing publication,” said Robin Wilson, a Detroit Public School Community District  (DPSCD) teacher at Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural School, also known as F.L.I.C.S. Wilson’s journey to being a prolific writer and successful teacher was not a straight line.  

    In her youth, she was a self-described “slow reader.” However, a teacher (a precursor for her own career) and a church member supported her learning through instruction. That support set her on the road of academic success. It is where she developed a deep love for reading and passionately transferred her creativity to pages for others to enjoy.

    Her new book, “Mama Got Rhythm, Daddy Got Rhyme” is written for children ages 5 to 9. The story focuses on Jasmine, a young girl who loves R & B music. Jasmine initially does not understand the connection between her modern R & B music and the jazz music that her parents love to listen to. With the help of her parents, Jasmine goes on a journey through jazz and blues music artists which leads to her understanding of jazz music. Music is also something Wilson loves. She uses it effectively in her role as a teacher.

    “I love teaching kindergarten French at F.L.I.C.S and incorporate music and dance into daily learning experiences,” Wilson reflected. “I dance and sing with my scholars. Music is a powerful tool. It was my portal to learning. Now, as a teacher, it is an effective way for me to connect with my scholars and engage them in learning.”  

    Wilson’s love of writing, music and teaching were recently on full display. She was the featured guest during a conversation/book signing of her book at the Charles Wright Museum of African American History. The gathering centered on the importance of representation in children’s literature, more particularly the Black Experience, as well as her own path to success and the influence of jazz music and later genres of it.

    As a teacher, writer and music lover, Wilson uses her platforms to inspire her students whether they dream to be writers, teachers, musicians, or something else unrelated to what she loves. Wilson believes she is in the right place at DPSCD and relishes leading her students rise.

    “I am proud to be a DPSCD teacher,” Wilson said, a glowing smile on her face. “I am proud to serve the scholars at F.L.I.C.S and teach them that they can find great reward through reading, writing and music.”  

    F.L.I.C.S is one of the only public foreign language immersion programs in the state. It offers partial immersion programs in French, Spanish, Japanese or Chinese. To learn more about how your child can benefit from a DPSCD education at F.L.I.C.S, watch its schools spotlight video now! Schedule a school tour today! 


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