Ian Roberts (athlete)

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Dr. Ian Andre Roberts (born December 18, 1973) is a former Guyanese Olympic athlete, speaker, author, educator who teaches school and school district leaders how to turn around schools and school districts.

Roberts completed undergraduate studies at Coppin State University, Baltimore, Maryland, in Criminal Justice, master's degree studies in Education at St. Johns University, Queens, New York, master's degree in Executive Leadership from Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business, and doctoral degree in Urban Educational Leadership from Morgan State University. His postgraduate work was completed in Urban Education Leadership at Harvard University.

Sports career[edit]

As a male middle distance runner from Guyana, Ian specialized in the 800m.[1] He competed in the 2000 Summer Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. He won his first international medal, winning the 1999 Central American and Caribbean Championships in Athletics in Bridgetown, Barbados where he won the gold medal. He competed in the Middle Eastern Athletic Conference where he won several conference titles and placed sixth in the 800m at the NCAA Championships. He went on to St. John's University where he competed in the Big East Conference winning several championships, and making the NCAA finals in 1999.

After winning conference titles in both Division 1 Conferences, he competed internationally. He competed in the 1999 World Indoor Championships in Maebashi, Japan but failed to advance past the quarter finals. He competed in the 1999 World Outdoor Championships in Seville, Spain but failed to advance past the quarter finals. He competed in the 1999 Pan-American Games in Winnipeg, Canada where he fell in the 800m finals.


Prisoners or Presidents: How and Why Inclusion Determines The Future of Students With Special Needs, Xlibris, 2009, ISBN 1441538798


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