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Meet Robin

Robin daughtersI wasn't planning on becoming a politician; I wanted to be a teacher my entire life. I received a four-year scholarship from a professional organization for retired teachers, went to Florida International University and earned a degree in Emotionally Handicapped Education. I started working at North County Elementary in Opa Locka with students identified as emotionally handicapped and I opened up a unit for students with severe emotional disabilities. I loved all my students and it was personally rewarding when I could earn the trust of a child and provide academic instruction as well as behavior modification strategies to shape their behavior. I eventually earned a Master's degree and became an assistant principal at Poinciana Park Elementary in Liberty City. My school was in the middle of the Scott Housing Projects; this experience had a profound impact on my life. I experienced firsthand the dangers and harsh realities of poverty and gun violence in Liberty City. It was a constant struggle to find all the necessary resources for my students who did not have their primary needs met, including food, safety, and mental health services. However, I knew in my heart that every child had potential and the ability to learn and succeed.

At 27 years old, I found myself in a predicament. The Weston City Commission was planning on building warehouses in front of my neighborhood and directly behind the houses on my street. As my HOA representative, I met with commissioners and attended meetings. I felt like no one was listening to me. I was told I was too young and didn't know what was good for the city. One of the commissioners told me that if I wanted to change these views and make a difference, I would have to run for City Commission. I picked up my papers that day and changed the trajectory of my life. During my campaign, I faced harsh criticism for running as a young mother of an infant. This did not deter me. In November 2000, after knocking on thousands of doors and earning the trust of my community, I was one of the first women elected in Weston. After four years as a City Commissioner, I was encouraged to use my expertise in public education and run for the Broward County School Board. I decided to run for the countywide seat so I could represent all the children and communities in Broward. As a School Board for the last 15 years, I have been fighting the Republicans in Tallahassee. I understand the political process, and utilze my experiences as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, City Commissioner, and School Board Member, I can anticipate the unintended consequences of their actions during the legislative process. I have been recognized by the Statewide League of Women Voters as a Young Elected to Watch. I have a proven track record of representing and advocating for ALL communities and values important to the Democratic Party.

As a member of the Department of Juvenile Justice Circuit Seventeen Advisory Committee and with the NAACP and community partners, I have worked to eliminate the schoolhouse to jailhouse pipeline. I have also been recognized for my advocacy by the Florida Initiative for Suicide Prevention. Unfortunately, three years ago, we had over 12 deaths by suicide in one school year. I worked with 211, in my roles as a Children's Services Council Board Member and as Vice Chair of the Broward County Comprehensive School Health Advisory Committee to help bring awareness and resources to our community. I collaborated with Senator Gary Farmer and he was able to secure $200,000 for our county from the legislature for suicide prevention training. I have also been chair of the Special Needs Advisory Coalition for the last 8 years and have worked with providers, educators, and parents to improve the access and quality of services to our students with special needs.

My community engagement is not limited to public education, I have served on numerous boards and collaborated with stakeholders across the county. I have served on the Broward County Comprehensive School Health Advisory Council, Children's Services Board, Children's Services Council, the Department of Juvenile Justice Circuit 17th Circuit Advisory Board, the Value Adjustment Board, and the Broward County Climate Change Task Force, to name a few. I have been able to make changes, write policies, create programs, and be a voice for those that don't have one. I recently sponsored the first Safe Space Resolution in the state for our undocumented students which has had a profound impact outside our school walls. I have always been frustrated with Tallahassee's micromanagement of local school boards and their efforts to dismantle the great equalizer of our society: public education. This past session, the legislature tried to bring more guns into our schools by telling us to arm teachers. I have realized that it is time to take my advocacy, experience, passion and commitment to the next level. I am asking you to support me for Florida State Representative. I have proven time again that I am not afraid to stand up for what is right, to protect children and our community. I am ready to advocate for gun control, the funding of our public schools, the preservation of our environment, and the strengthening of our economy in Florida

AwardedAwards and Recognitions

  • Broward Young Democrats' Trailblazer of the Year, 2004
  • Dolphins Democrats President's Award, 2005
  • Martin Luther King Jr Humanitarian Award , City of Weston, 2006
  • Outstanding Mother of the Year from the Healthy Mothers – Healthy Babies Coalition of Broward County, 2006
  • Koinonia Worship Center and Village Center Certificate of Appreciation, 2006
  • American Women's Business Association Award - School Board Member of the Year, 2007
  • Black Elected Officials Community Service Award, 2007
  • Certified Board Member Program sponsored by the Florida School Board Association, 2007
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness Honoree, 2008
  • Sistrunk Historical Festival Outstanding Achievement Honoree, 2009
  • Florida School Counselor Association Advocate of the Year, 2009
  • American Jewish Congress Distinguished Civic Achievement Award, 2009
  • Community Builder's Award from the Caribbean American Democratic Club, 2009
  • Deerfield Beach Democratic Club Honoree, 2009
  • Outstanding Mother – Healthy Mothers-Healthy Babies Coalition of Broward County 2006
  • The Center for Independent Living of Broward, Advocate of Distinction, 2010
  • Early Learning Coalition of Broward Inc. Certificate of Appreciation, 2011
  • League of Women Voters of Florida, Up and Coming Future Leader and Young Elected to Watch, 2012
  • Broward County Young Democrats Bob Gross Young Democrat of the Year, 2012
  • Broward County PTA – Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Service to Children and Youth in the Community, 2014
  • Shooting Star Award – Catholic Hospice, 2014
  • Broward County Historical Commission Certificate of Appreciation for Dedication to our Community and Pubic Service, 2015
  • Broward College Recognition of Valuable Contributions to the Social and Behavioral Science Department, 2015
  • Florida Initiative for Suicide Prevention FISPY Humanitarian Award, 2018
  • Smith Community Mental Health Foundation Drive to Thrive Award, 2018
  • Broward Young Democrats Young at Heart Award, 2019
  • Broward AFL-CIO Service Award, 2019

Community Involvement

FriendsCurrent committees:

  • Broward County Comprehensive School Health Advisory Committee (BCCSHAC)– Vice Chair
  • Children's Services Council of Broward County – Past chair
  • Children's Services Council of Broward County Special Needs Advisory Coalition Chair
  • Department of Juvenile Justice Judicial 17th Circuit Advisory Board
  • Broward County Comprehensive School Health Advisory Committee (BCCSHAC)– Vice Chair
  • Take Stock in Children Mentor
  • Broward County Climate Change Task Force
  • Florida School Board Association, Certified School Board Member
  • American Association of University Women
  • PTSA Member – Cypress Bay High School
  • Broward County Democratic Executive Committee Prescient Member
  • Emerald Estates Homeowners Association
  • Weston Democratic Club
  • Broward Young Democrats
  • Moms Demand Action
  • Mujeras Latinas
  • Broward Democratic Environmental Caucus
  • Usher, St Bonaventure Catholic Church
  • Council of Great City School – District Alternate Rep
  • Florida School Boards Association, Inc. (FSBA) – District Alternate Rep
  • Head Start/Early Head Start – District Alternate Rep
  • Legislative Liaison – Federal – District Rep
  • National School Boards Association (NSBA) Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) – District Alternate Rep
  • National School Boards Association (NSBA) National Affiliate Advocacy Network (NAAN) – District Rep
  • United Way of Broward County Commission on Behavior Health and Drug Prevention – District Alternate Rep
  • United Way of Broward County Commission on Substance Abuse – District Alt rep

Past service:

  • Former Girl Scout Leader
  • Broward County Children's Services' Board
  • Broward County Early Learning Coalition
  • Broward League of Cities, District Representative
  • Broward County Value Adjustment Board
  • Broward Behavioral Health Board
  • Broward County Regional YMCA Board
  • Visions of Images, Inc. Board Member
  • Broward County Historical Commission
  • Young at Art Children's Museum Board Member
  • Coalition for Exceptional Children
  • LifeNet 4 Families Board Member (Cooperative Feeding Program)
  • Weston City Commissioner
  • Book Fair Chair, Everglades Elementary
  • Broward County Public Safety Coordinating Council Advisory Board – District Rep
  • Financial Advisory Committee – District Rep
  • Intergovernmental Relations Groups of Broward County, Florida and School Board Representatives – District Rep
  • South Florida Consortium of School Boards - District Alternate Rep
  • League of Cities - District Alternate Rep
  • Legislative Liaison – Federal – District Rep

 

     
 

 

 

 

 

Political advertisement paid for and approved by Robin Bartleman, Democrat, for State Representative, District 104