B.S., Roanoke College
Middle School Girls’ Basketball Head Coach
Although she is a quiet, soft-spoken person around her peers, Peachie Robinson has no problem interacting with middle school girls, imparting wisdom and enforcing discipline as the R-MA Middle School Student Life Supervisor, the Academy’s equivalent of a dorm counselor.
After graduating with a B.S. in athletic training from Roanoke College in 2006, Ms. Robinson immediately landed a job at Highland School in Warrenton, VA, where she established the school’s first athletic training program and taught physical education classes for fourth, fifth, and ninth grades, as well as a class that provided an introduction to athletic training. In 2011, she moved to Wakefield School in The Plains, VA, as the assistant athletic director. At Wakefield, she was responsible for many of the logistics and communication aspects of the athletic program. She was also the Director of the Life and Breath Tip-Off Showcase, the largest two-day showcase in Virginia, hosting teams from Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Australia.
A native of nearby Culpeper, VA, Ms. Robinson joined the R-MA family in the summer of 2015 as the middle school girls’ dorm counselor. In doing so, she had to stretch herself in a different way. Instead of teaching and handling logistics, she had to recall her college days as a residence assistant (RA) and use it to connect with young girls, some of whom were far from home.
It didn’t take her long to find her footing. She put up bulletin boards in the dorms to bring some color to the hallways. Although the residential life curriculum suggests meeting with the girls once each week, she quickly fell into the habit of calling them together for impromptu meetings as needed, discussing things such as nutrition or hygiene, or working on a project such as making blankets. The students appreciated her calm and steady presence right away, along with the fact that she encourages them to be independent and find their own voice, while still maintaining a respectful attitude.
“I like working with the middle school age group because this is when they start to become the people they will be as adults,” she said. “It's fun to watch their growth, not only physically but mentally and morally. They ask funny questions, they say what’s on their minds, and no two days are ever alike.”
Ms. Robinson has a lot of interests that make it easy for the students to both relate to her and stand in awe of her. Ms. Robinson enjoys traveling, and has thus far made her way to Germany, Kenya, Namibia, Malaysia, and Brazil. She is an avid Seattle Seahawks fan, but her first sports love is softball—in fact, the last time softball was part of the Olympics, she would wake up in the middle of the night to watch it. She is also competitive, however, and joining a recreational softball team might be fun, but doesn’t allow her competitive spirit to really let loose. For that, she runs. She has been in five half-marathons and is training for another. She is also registered to run in the Dopey Challenge at Walt Disney World in January 2016—the four-day event includes a 5K race on Thursday, a 10K race on Friday, a half-marathon on Saturday, and a full marathon on Sunday. With all this activity, it is little wonder that she is also a voracious reader—although some students might be surprised that her favorite series is Harry Potter. She was an advisor/coach for Battle of the Books at one of her previous jobs and enjoyed reading the books along with her students.