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Roberta R.

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Eastern Washington University
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Eastern Washington University
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Gonzaga University
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Eastern Washington University (Education)

Eastern Washington University (Master's)

Gonzaga University (EdD)

About Roberta

My first year of teaching was at an elementary school (K-8) in Ely, Nevada. Having grown up in Spokane, this was not only a lonely move but a “treeless” one. So I returned the next year to Spokane and worked first as a Library Clerk in District #81 and then as a full-time librarian for ten years at a middle school. In 1986 I replaced the librarian at Central Valley. Over the next few years I helped bring the internet to CV in the form of computer labs that weren’t connected with each other but were connected to the outside world. When the debate coach decided she was burned out on teaching debate, I took the debate program with only my high school debate experience to lead the way. I retired briefly the year I had my daughter but other than that I’ve been either the head coach or the assistant coach from then until retirement. At one point I even coached both U-High and CV as a joint team with students coming from U-High to CV for their sixth period class! When we moved to the new building I asked to resign the library position in favor of a permanent teaching position and have never regretted doing that. Believe it or not I LIKE reading and grading papers! I’ve had the pleasure of coaching many state champions and one 16th place National Champion Policy team. The team has twice been Academic State champions. One of the achievements I am most proud of is the fact that at least six of my former debaters became debate coaches themselves.

Several years ago my husband and I chose to buy property and build a home in North Idaho. Because of financial circumstances I continued to work in Washington as a teacher while my husband finished the house and schooled our daughter through the Idaho Virtual Academy. When my daughter joined me at the high school where I taught, my husband was free to seek a full-time job bringing our finances to the point where I could retire as of June 2012 and stop driving snowy roads from our isolated house in Sandpoint to Spokane, Washington!

As an English teacher in the Central Valley School District for ten years, I was involved in teaching English to all four grades (9-12). The days I liked most when I was working were those days when I could set students on a writing task and then call students to my desk to work with individually. The rewards of being able to work one-on-one are what encouraged me to volunteer at the local library tutoring four students in English one day a week.

As a teacher of 37 years I have been exposed to a variety of learning strategies all of which can be adapted to work well in an online environment. I am a strong advocate for teaching to students’ individual learning styles: auditory, verbal and kinesthetic. Currently I am involved with four students ranging from sophomore to adult who are experiencing difficult in reading and organizing their writing.
My first year of teaching was at an elementary school (K-8) in Ely, Nevada. Having grown up in Spokane, this was not only a lonely move but a “treeless” one. So I returned the next year to Spokane and worked first as a Library Clerk in District #81 and then as a full-time librarian for ten years at a middle school. In 1986 I replaced the librarian Read more

Policies
Cancellation
12 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Sandpoint, ID 83864
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT
Special Needs:
Phonics
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Grammar, Phonics,
Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Elementary (K-6th)

I have a Washington State Teaching Certificate for K-12. My student teaching was done in an open concept school where I worked with students from grades 1-6. I specialized in grade 3. My first two jobs were in elementary schools. As an adjunct teacher for Eastern Washington University. I taught the Elementary language arts class several times.

Phonics

I am currently involved with volunteer tutoring at the East Bonner County Library in Sandpoint. I am tutoring three students in learning to read through the Barton system which is heavily based on phonics. I am very conversant with the rules that govern pronunciation and spelling through phonics.

Public Speaking

I taught Speech and Debate at a High School for 20+ years. Each year, my students qualified both to the Washington State Competition and the Nationals competition. A few years ago, one of my students became the State Lincoln Douglas Champion, and one of my policy teams placed 16th in the Nation at Nationals. I am certified in the State of Idaho to teach their Communications classes, which include speech.

Study Skills

I taught a class for 10 years called Writing and Research for college. One of the first things I emphasized for success in college was appropriate study skills. In all of my classes I encouraged the use of planners and posted my assignments electronically so that students had adequate time to prepare. I also did progress checks to determine who was falling behind in assignments and reviewed the material for tests, as well as posting a review sheet of possible questions prior to the actual test.

Eastern Washington University
Education
Eastern Washington University
Master's
Gonzaga University
EdD

Education

Eastern Washington University (Education)

Eastern Washington University (Master's)

Gonzaga University (EdD)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

Roberta will travel within 20 miles of Sandpoint, ID 83864.