When he's not at his post as principal of Melrose Elementary in St. Petersburg, chances are Oscar Robinson has a gig as a folk storyteller at an area festival. Robinson received a master's in education with an emphasis in mathematics from the University of South Florida.
What is on your nightstand?
Hazards of Being a Man: Overcoming 12 Challenges All Men Face by Jeffrey E. Miller. He talks about how we deflect responsibility instead of taking responsibility. He gives Scriptures from the Bible as examples. In the passage when God asked Adam about eating fruit, Adam tells God that Eve told him to.
Is there an author or a book you mention to students to get them reading more?
For the older kids, I like the Newbery Award winners, and one of my favorites is A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle. Also, I've been encouraging students to read the Sunshine State books. In a reading group I'm involved with at school, we most recently read The Missing Manatee by Cynthia DeFelice. It's a good one.
Piper Castillo, Times staff writer