Robin Smith


1st Grade Teacher
Director of Studies

Robin joined the Pine Point faculty in 1977. She holds an undergraduate degree from Middlebury College and a masters degree from the University of Connecticut. She is the former chair of the Mathematics Department.



"It is an exciting time to be teaching and learning at Pine Point School. I have the unique opportunity as Director of Studies to see both the breadth and depth of the curriculum offered to our students and the dedication of our teachers to create a rich learning environment. The spirit of both collaboration and independent thinking are intertwined throughout the subjects, giving our students opportunities to both challenge themselves as individuals and to be part of a community of learners.


“I have the unique opportunity as Director of Studies to see both the breadth and depth of the curriculum offered to our students and the dedication of our teachers to create a rich learning environment.”

"There are many wonderful examples of collaborative learning and independent thinking throughout the grade levels. One of the most impressive experiences I have had in my more than thirty years at Pine Point was the opportunity to attend Ninth Grade Arts Night in January. As the audience grew quiet for the first presentation, the plaintive notes of the bouzouki, an ancient Greek instrument, filled the room. After being given this traditional instrument for her birthday, Katia ’15 decided to use it as a catalyst for her ninth grade project. She collaborated with her father to learn how to play the bouzouki by ear. Katia also memorized the lyrics to a traditional Greek song using proper pronunciation and inflection and performed it solo, with confidence and beautiful tone. Katia described how important her peers were to the creative process, saying, ‘My classmates…helped me out a lot. We would often sit and watch each other’s performances, and afterwards we would give helpful criticism. We were all extremely positive with each other and pushed for everyone to do the best they could.’

"Learning to set a goal, create a plan, and persevere despite challenges are life skills that our students will apply throughout their educational journey.

"Another great example of collaborative learning happened in February. Colonial Day is the culmination of a fifth grade social studies unit featuring students dressed in period clothing performing dances and sharing their Mystic Seaport apprenticeship experiences. Each student worked with a master craftsman at the Seaport to learn a trade such as a ship carver, open hearth cook, printmaker, cooper, blacksmith, or nautical instrument maker. On Colonial Day the children gave demonstrations and answered questions about their collaborative learning experiences with great detail, enthusiasm and energy. These students represent what a Pine Point education is all about.

"Collaborative, hands-on learning is a vital part of the Pine Point curriculum. Each grade expects its students to dig deeply into meaningful topics of study, apply critical skills and concepts, and communicate their knowledge with others. I am delighted to be a part of this amazing community of learners and so proud of what we do here at Pine Point School."