Mrs. Christina Dobson Named Innovator of the Year

Mrs. Christina Dobson Named Innovator of the Year
Posted on 03/26/2019
Margaret Hill, Hanover Education Foundation Executive Director; Christina Dobson, 2018-2019 Hanover County Public Schools Innovator of the Year; Dr. Michael Gill, Superintendent; and Robert L. Hundley, Jr., Hanover County School Board Chairman standing with large check

Christina Dobson, an English teacher at Atlee High School (AHS), has been named the 2018-2019 Hanover County Public Schools Innovator of the Year. The award seeks to encourage and empower teachers to transform learning by continuously challenging, inspiring, and engaging students using new and relevant ideas.

Dobson received $1,000 from the Hanover Education Foundation, a wireless keyboard and mouse, a CD/DVD reader/writer, and a crystal engraved award. Dobson plans to use the cash grant to purchase whiteboard writing tables and technology to enhance collaboration in her classroom. She has been employed with Hanover County Public Schools since 2014.

Mrs. Dobson, the award winnerDobson’s vision for a new course, Composition Theory, become a reality through her perseverance and innovative thinking. Students learn business skills, how to operate strong social media connections, how to communicate effectively with their peers, and how to deal with setbacks and frustrations - all key innovative and relevant skills for today’s learners.

These efforts inspired Dobson to create the Raider Writing Center that has already served over 500 students this school year. Students enrolled in Composition Theory assist with operating the writing center as a real business. This includes designing business cards, consulting with clients - both students and adults, marketing and advertising using social media, and managing projects. In addition to working with classmates, student writing tutors also collaborate with teachers on the development and implementation of writing lessons, as well as SAT and college essay preparation.

Dobson said, "We started the Raider Writing Center at Atlee three years ago with a handful of students who volunteered to tutor during their lunch. We helped close to 100 students with their writing that year. Three years later, the Raider Writing Center has 22 tutors in two class blocks, and we have served over 500 students this school year. I could not be more proud of the growth of this program, and I am so grateful to work with such a motivated, innovative group of students that inspire me over and over again! Our ultimate goal is to have a writing center in every school in Hanover County to continue our effort to promote the idea that everyone is a writer. Thank you so much to Hanover County and our administration here at Atlee for all of the ongoing support. This program is truly a collaborative effort." 

Christina Dobson, 2018-2019 Hanover County Public Schools Innovator of the Year standing with Dr. John Wheeler, Atlee High School PrincipalDr. John Wheeler, AHS principal, said, “Since coming to Atlee four years ago, Mrs. Dobson has proven herself to be a dynamic and innovative teacher, coach, and mentor for our students. Her classroom is always full of energy. Mrs. Dobson’s passion and talent to inspire and motivate students each day is extraordinary and makes her a clear choice for this distinctive honor. Her content knowledge, support for her colleagues, and ability to develop and sustain positive relationships with every one of her students is remarkable. We are extremely thankful for her commitment to her students and school community and proud of her on this well-deserved recognition.”

Each year, Hanover County Public Schools will select one educator for this distinguished award to serve as a role model and ambassador for innovation throughout the division to foster higher student growth and achievement.

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