Meet Team AISD

This is a challenging, demanding, humbling and rewarding career. If you love what you do and feel the passion to share it with others, teaching will make you happy to wake up every morning and go to work.

Robyn Stringfellow

Position: 
Teacher (Chinese and Exploratory Languages)
Department/School: 
Murchison Middle School
Previous Occupations at AISD: 
Substitute Teacher, Teacher
Years at AISD: 
3

My job responsibilities:

I teach 7th and 8th Grade Mandarin Chinese (Level I) and 6th Grade Exploratory Languages (French, Spanish, German and Chinese).

What I like about working at AISD: 

I love the people. I have amazing colleagues and friends in AISD that are always enthusiastic about sharing ideas, best practices and thoughts about how to become a better teacher every day. The administration has always been so supportive of the Chinese program within the district and our vertical team works together so well, we are like a family of language enthusiasts!

The most rewarding thing about the work I do: 

At the end of every day I know that I shared my passion and knowledge of foreign language with young, inquiring minds that may eventually develop a lifelong love of learning and language because of me. For a language lover like me, that's the ultimate goal in one’s career and life, to make more language lovers like themselves. 

What I’d say to a potential candidate: 

This is a challenging, demanding, humbling and rewarding career. If you love what you do and feel the passion to share it with others, teaching will make you happy to wake up every morning and go to work.  

Little known fact about me: 

I also love to cook food from all over the world.

Words I live by: 

Always bring your own sunshine!

My 5 favorite things about Austin:

  1. So many great running trails and parks
  2. Amazing live music
  3. Laid-back and casual atmosphere
  4. Barton Springs Pool
  5. Vintage clothing stores

Special programs initiated/implemented this year:

Our vertical team added a Chinese program at the elementary level that will feed in to our middle and high school programs, the first three tier vertical Chinese-teaching team in AISD. Also, all of our feeder elementary schools will begin teaching five foreign languages during elementary school (Latin, Spanish, German, French and Chinese) that are all offered at the middle and high school levels-more vertical integration!

My education philosophy:

A quote from Albert Einstein always stands out to me when asked this question. He said “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid”. I believe that everyone has greatness and if we as teachers can find what brings that greatness out and nurture it, both the person and the world will benefit greatly.