A Message from the Principal

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    To Our Gemini Families:

    It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2021-2022 school year at Gemini Middle School. After a year and a half of having our school community separated, we are so excited to come back together and have our hallways and classrooms filled with the curious, vibrant, and culturally diverse adolescent community we are proud to serve. 

     We recognize that being a teenager is fun, weird, empowering, scary, and presents many of its own challenges. We acknowledge the experiences or lack thereof that our students have endured over the last year and a half have made this journey even harder.  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 genuinely believe that we can create a school where children will experience success without boundaries in all areas of their young lives.

     

    However, ensuring your child has a safe and positive middle school experience takes more than just our staff; 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 their 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.

     

    We have learned many things about ourselves, our students, and our approach to education through this pandemic.  We will learn from these experiences and continue moving FORWARD in providing your child an exceptional education rooted in equity. 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 lroberts@emsd63.org.  

    Your Partner in Learning, 

    Lewis Roberts

    Principal
    847.827.1181

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.