I have been teaching HopeTree Academy in Salem Virginia for 17 years. I work with a staff that thrives on helping our students build themselves into positive, productive members of society. We take great pride in working with students headed in the wrong direction, giving them access to the resources and motivation they need, and watching them turn their lives around. I believe that all students – regardless of background or history or disability – can learn to succeed. HopeTree Academy serves day students from Roanoke and surrounding jurisdictions, and residential students from across Virginia.
I prefer to use a student-centered approach to learning. I believe it is the teacher's job to teach a student how to learn rather than what to learn. At my school we focus on helping students discover their "why", and we demonstrate how they can do this through collaborative learning.
I was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student in Educational Leadership from Radford University from their College of Education and Human Development. The nomination and selection for this award was the result of my academic success, active participation in university and professional matters, and excellence both in and out of the classroom.
I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Roanoke College in 1999. I received my Master of Educational Leadership degree from Radford University in 2016.
Tim Robers is the Lead Teacher at HopeTree Academy in Salem, Virginia. He graduated from Roanoke College in 1999 with a Bachelor's of Art degree in English. Following graduation, Tim began working at at HopeTree Family Family Services as a camp counselor at their Wilderness Outdoor Opportunity Discovery School located in Craig County. This camp serves male residents who are considered to be At-Risk. The Discovery School enables each resident to find stability and make healthier life choices through education, counseling, regular chores, and wilderness experiences. Once they have completed the program, Discovery School residents graduate to Residential Care, Treatment Foster Care, or return home when appropriate. Education is a key ingredient of the WOODS program. A year-round educational facility, WOODS prides itself in helping many graduates improve their academic abilities by two grade levels in an average of 15 months. In 2001, Tim transitioned to the Gus Mitchell School on HopeTree Family Services campus to work as an instructional assistant in the classroom. The Gus Mitchell School, originally established to provide educational services for residents of HopeTree Family Services, serves students who require an alternative or special education school in order to succeed and does so in ways that will enable them to be responsible citizens and capable adults. While working as an instructional aide, Tim enrolled at Old Dominion University to earn his Specific Learning Disabilities K-12 and Emotional Disturbance K-12 teaching license endorsements. In September of 2009, HopeTree Family Services opened HopeTree Academy. The Academy is one of the most successful residential schools in the Roanoke Valley and also offers day school services to a wider cross-section of alternative and special education students throughout the valley. At HopeTree Academy, Tim works collaboratively with the staff to provide students with a comprehensive educational program that emphasizes high standards for student achievement, behavior and career development, stimulates academic and intellectual curiosity, develops personal integrity and fosters respect for individual differences. Tim completed his Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership at Radford University in the Spring of 2016 and holds the position as Lead Teacher at HopeTree Academy. He holds a Collegiate Professional License with endorsements in Emotional Disturbances k-12, Specific Learning Disabilities K-12, and English. He continues to work with a wonderful staff who have the common vision of helping students transition to public school, college, or the workforce.