Mr. Robertson's Website
The Triangle Lake Montessori Elementary Media Center is under the guidance of Mr. Dirk Robertson, media specialist. TLME Media Center ensures that curriculum-aligned resources are available to all student, staff, and community members at the time of need. Mr. Robertson is entrusted to purchase new resources to support these needs, and the media center has recently added media interactive books into the collection as a result.
Mr. Robertson also offers instructional, curriculum-supporting classes for all classes Grades Pre-K through Five and also Special Needs groups. He also believes in the importance of the spelling bee program in elementary schools, and helped Guilford County Schools reinstate the invitation for all elementary schools to participate. Mr. Robertson brought the spelling bee to Triangle Lake in the 2011-2012 school year and it was an exciting addition to the academic initiatives of the teaching staff.
Mr. Robertson also installed a school-wide, comprehensive, online Accelerated Reader Program® to support the school's current reading programs. This has been a popular addition since it extends what the upper elementary were already doing in some reading series, and will help prepare the lower elementary to extend their reading and testing skills for the upper elementary.
Mr. Robertson expanded an active Battle of the Books Program for all Grades 3-5 students. This program allows interested students to read award-winning novels and compete against each other about the details found in each book. A competing team of 12 is chosen from the program to represent the school in the district competition. The program is an excellent outlet for academic students to compete as a team against other academic students and develop extroverted, cooperative behaviors. It also extends reading horizons by embracing the diverse novels selected by the state committee each year.
Lastly, Mr. Robertson believes in a community-interactive media center. Community and parent volunteers are regularly welcomed into the media center and are given many areas to offer support. Mr. Robertson supervises the spring book fair which is a community-invitation event where loved ones of all families are invited to eat lunch with students and shop with them afterwards. It is a wonderful event to bring families together into the school. Guest authors and holiday special events are also a feature of Mr. Robertson's active media center philosophy. He fervently hopes all students leave Triangle Lake Montessori with a love of literature. To paraphrase one of Mr. Robertson's favorite Battle of the Books authors, Julia Alvarez, at a book festival in which she spoke and he attended: "Though terrorists may tear down our buildings and hurricanes ravage our coastlines, our love for the written word will forever always be....."