Michelle Robinson

Michelle A. Moore-Robinson has served as principal of Kinser Elementary School, a DoDEA school in Okinawa, Japan, for six years. Among the challenges she faced when taking the position was a high rate of staff turnover due to military relocation, resulting in only a few long-term teachers filling CSI leadership positions. Believing that increased teacher leadership would improve school morale and achievement, Moore-Robinson implemented a mentoring program to provide support to newer teachers and shifted the culture to encourage all staff to lead, with noticeable results. Ahead of the curve, she embedded teacher collaboration into the work schedule before it was a district requirement. Frequent classroom walkthroughs provide an opportunity for Moore-Robinson to engage face-to-face with students and teachers, providing detailed feedback that has improved the school’s scores in four core subjects. Moore-Robinson encourages student and parent participation in creating a collaborative, nurturing school environment. Students are encouraged to take the lead on in-depth projects such as redesigning the school playground. As fellow administrator Angela Butler explains, Moore-Robinson’s inspiring leadership and strong rapport with students, families and staff has “captured the hearts and minds of the military community” and resulted in positive change for all stakeholders. Moore-Robinson holds a B.S. in Early Childhood Education from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and an M.A. in Education Administration from Michigan State University.