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Saundra Robbins standing after being announced the Downing/Williams Endowed Chair for Teacher Excellence

Teacher, coach, mentor, and wearer of many more hats at Providence Day, Saundra Robbins was named The Downing/Williams Endowed Chair of Teaching Excellence at the 2024 Commencement.

“I love this school. I love children,” Ms. Robbins told the crowd at graduation. “Thank you so much. Thank you so much. I’m so honored.”

photo collage of Saundra Williams receiving The Downing/Williams Endowed Chair of Teaching Excellence at 2024 Commencement

Mrs. Robbins founded Providence Day’s volleyball program, taught physical education, and coached basketball, track and field, and softball. During Summer Programs, she runs Charger Chill.

“This person is a legend to every student that has passed through Lower School in the past 34 years, and has impacted the lives of more students than perhaps any other faculty member in Providence Day history,” Head of School, Dr. Glyn Cowlishw said.

“A mighty force of nature with boundless energy, seeing the positive in every situation, and sparks joy wherever she goes.”

Charger Pride runs deep in the Robbins’ family. All three of her children attended Providence Day, and her daughter Jasmine Robbins ‘10, and son Johnathan Robbins ‘06, were PD Lifers. Jasmine is also a Lower School teacher. Her three grandchildren, Sarabi ‘32, Braelynn’ 35, and Forest ‘35, also attend Providence Day.

Ms. Robbins had three words of advice for the Class of 2024: “Go for it. You started strong here at Providence Day. You’ve gotten so many, many opportunities, so go for it.”

The endowed chair is held for one academic year and awarded to a full-time faculty member who displays exceptional faculty and teaching excellence. The endowment comes with a stipend and a professional development award.