December Teachers of the Month

Congratulations to Jason Hicks and Renee Robbins, our December Teachers of the Month!


Name: Jason Hicks

Total Years of Teaching Experience: 11

Years of Teaching at Xavier: 11

Hometown: Twin Falls / Jerome, ID

Why did you choose teaching as a career:
To pass on a love of making art.

What do you like most about teaching at Xavier?  Smiles all around

When you are not teaching and working, what are you most likely to be doing?
Building my house, 13 years and still studs. I started before teaching was an opportunity.

What do you wish your students knew about you?
I loved my grandparents and wanted to learn from them.  I hope my students have the same opportunity.

Is there any other information about yourself that you would like to share?
Love peanut M&M’s and the color purple and if I could I would make art all day to raise money to go help students in need in Haiti.


Name: Renee Robbins

Total Years of Teaching Experience: 8 years

Years of Teaching at Xavier: 8 years

Hometown: Inkom, Idaho

Why did you choose teaching as a career?
I love spending my days with kids and I love the Xavier curriculum and ideals.  I decided to go back to school to become a teacher so I could teach at Xavier.

What do you like most about teaching at Xavier?
I love the rich curriculum.

When you are not teaching and working what are you most likely doing?
Selling Paparazzi Accessories or spending time with my family.

What do you wish your students to know about you?
I want my students to know how much I care about them and understand how hard they work.  I really appreciate their efforts and the great people they are.

Is there any other information about yourself that you would like to share?
I have two boys, Cooper is 21 and Conrad is 17.  They both have attended Xavier since the day we opened the doors.  Cooper has now graduated and is at the U of I, while Conrad is a junior.  I have been married for 24 years and we have a cute puppy named Via.