Allison Robinson was employed with the Department of Corrections for 11 years before her new role in Bullitt County Public Schools.
She is the District Drug-Free Communities Grant Coordinator. BCPS and Bullitt County Partners in Prevention are working together with a five-year federal Drug Free Communities grant of $125,000 annually.
The grant money is being invested in personnel and resources to assist educators help approximately 7,000 middle and high school students lead drug-free lives.
“I am so very excited to be working for BCPS,” Robinson said. “Ultimately, this is where I would like to retire from and I’ve worked so hard to be here.”
Robinson feels this role combines the best of both worlds for her.
“I love working with children and this position provides me an opportunity to work with students and hopefully prevent and/or intervene before they become involved in the justice system,” she said. “I truly feel that this position will allow me to make a difference in the lives of our students.”
Having worked in substance abuse treatment, Robinson has seen what the drug epidemic has done, specifically in the criminal justice system.
“In this position, I hope to raise as much awareness as I can to our students in order to combat the threats that we face in our schools,” she said.
Robinson identified her short term goal as working on the grant and learning as much as she can in order to properly fulfill her job requirements.
Her long term goal is seeing drug violations within the school drastically decrease and students become confident in themselves in order to successfully navigate through the current epidemic she said are vaping and marijuana.
Kentucky law has raised the legal age to 21 for the purchase of tobacco and vaping products.
Robinson cited this as a good step but one which may result in an unfortunate side effect.
“With the legal age for tobacco purchases being raised to 21, I would hope to see a decline in the use of tobacco within the schools; however, I fear we may still see a rise in vaping trends,” she said adding that education and prevention is key.
Robinson has a Bachelor of Science in Justice Administration from the University of Louisville, a Chemical Dependency Counselor Certificate from Union College and is in her final year of earning a Master’s in Psychology from Union College. She is also a Temporary Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor.
She and her husband, Derek, have two sons, Drew and Bryce. Her first love is spending time with her family followed by cheering on the University of Kentucky and New York Yankees. She enjoys photography on the side, especially capturing landscape and nature scenes.