Bryan Changes the Climate of Robinson

Bryan is excited to take on the challenge of creating a safe and positive environment at Robinson. 


Photo Charlotte Stone

Bryan (right) talks to IB Coordinator Daniel Cribb in the cafeteria during the IB lunch period.

Charlotte Stone, Staff Writer

Do you ever have trouble feeling motivated enough to get to school? Or are always late because you just finished a late shift the night before? Well, don’t fear, for Wendy Bryan, Robinson’s new climate and culture resources teacher is here for you.

Bryan works hard every day trying to create a more positive environment at Robinson, where students can look forward to coming to school, rather than dreading it.

Although some may call her the “Rule Police” and Bryan does have the duty of enforcing the rules, she has other equally (if not more important) responsibilities as well. On top of being in charge of monitoring students’ tardies and absences, Bryan also supervises COVID contact tracing and works on creating a positive behavior support system. “[She] firmly believes that behavior doesn’t change with consequences, it changes with positives.”

Despite this being her first year at Robinson, Bryan is not at all new to the education field. Before coming to Robinson, she was a school principal for 15 years. And before that, a vice-principal for four years. However, Bryan has not always been in the administrative branch of education.

Inspired by her high school English teacher, Bryan first entered the field as a high school British-Lit teacher. And although she knew she wanted to pursue teaching from a young age, Bryan’s English teacher influenced her greatly and still does to this day.

“I wanted to be just like her,” said Bryan.

It is clear that Bryan is passionate about what she does.

I am passionate about future generations. I am passionate about kids.,” she said. Her goal is to help them become the best version of themselves that they can be. She wants to help them become great people who can make an impact in the future.

Even though Bryan is on campus from early in the morning until as late as 6:00 at night, she makes much-deserved time for her passions outside of school. In her time off, Bryan loves walking, going to the beach, decorating her house, spending time with her 4 daughters— one of whom is a second-generation teacher— and hanging out with her boyfriend.

Bryan wants students to know that teachers have feelings too and that, “It may seem that I’m really hard on the outside, but I have really, really sensitive feelings on the inside.”

Most importantly, Bryan wants kids to take away the fact that “they are special and that they have a lot to offer.” She wants them to know that “no matter how they are feeling about themselves at the moment, tomorrow is a better day, that there is a future for them and that they can contribute to the world.”