A Message from the Principal
To Our Gemini Families:
It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2020-2021 school year at Gemini Middle School. Given the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year will look and feel very different. However, whether we are connecting in person or remotely, the one thing that does not change is the commitment of our staff to our students and their families.
We recognize that being a teenager is fun, weird, empowering, scary, and presents many of its own challenges. If that was not enough, students now have to navigate all of this through COVID-19. All Gemini staff members are here to support your children as they navigate through this transition and challenging environment.
At Gemini, we believe in a learning environment that is academically excellent, socially equitable, and responsive to the social and emotional needs and interests of the adolescents we serve. We create this learning environment through a student-centered approach that is developmentally responsive, challenging, empowering, and equitable. We truly believe that we can create a school in which children will be able to experience success without boundaries in all areas of their young lives.
However, we cannot do it alone. We look forward to the partnerships we forge with our parents and our community neighbors and I encourage all parents to find some way to be involved in your child’s education. Our Gemini PTO is a good option: it's a great way to provide your input into school decisions while supporting our students and staff members through various events. Taking a few moments each day to talk to your child about school is also a great way to stay involved.
I am confident that no matter the challenge that is put in front of us, we will overcome it because our Gemini community is STRONGER TOGETHER. Please know that if I can ever be of assistance do not hesitate to reach out. You can call our school office or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your Partner in Learning,
About Principal Roberts
Principal at Gemini since 2018, Mr. Roberts was Principal of Mark Twain School from 2016-2018. He joined District 63 as Apollo's Assistant Principal in 2015, having previously served as Assistant Principal at Ombudsman Chicago South, part of the Chicago Public Schools Option Schools Program. Principal Roberts began his career in Florida as a social studies/reading teacher at AMIkids Orlando, a nonprofit that offers alternative education to youth with challenges.
Other past positions include lead K-8 teacher at Passport Charter School, where he was 2010-2011 Teacher of the Year, and academic coach at Shingle Creek Elementary School -- both in Orlando.
Principal Roberts earned a BA in political science from the University of Central Florida and graduated with distinction from Capella University in Minneapolis with an MS in education. A Florida Department of Education Merit Award Recipient in 2009-2010 and 2010-2011, he is a member of the Illinois Principals Association, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, National Association of Elementary School Principals, and the Association for Middle-Level Education.