Year Honored: 1996Garfield Elementary School
At the time of the Award, Robin Richter was:Teacher
Garfield Elementary School
"The classroom extends well beyond the walls of the school, and our students are given wide choices in methods of learning and implementation of objectives," says Robin Richter, a third-grade teacher at Garfield Elementary School in Billings. Several of the innovative instructional methods that have originated in Ms. Richter's classroom have served as models at the local, regional and state levels. As a consultant for multicultural education and a resource person for gender equity, she has been an influential creator of programs that combine various forms of traditional, cultural and academic knowledge. "Eagles - Lords of the Sky," for example, is a classroom cooperative research project that incorporates scientific concepts along with cultural aspects of the eagle's symbolic heritage in the Native American and Hispanic traditions. Ms. Richter has also developed a nature-based integrated curriculum to reinforce learning and enhance children's experience of their natural surroundings.