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Reina Roberts

Welcome!

I've been at Venice High School since 2005, first as a student teacher in the Spring and then as a full-time faculty member beginning in September of that year. I am thrilled and honored to be here, teaching in the World Language/Global Studies Magnet. Social studies has always been one of my passions, even when I was working in the field of graphic design prior to earning my teaching credential. I'm happy to have made the move. (And I still do graphic design on the side.) I also enjoy the energy of being around young folks, watching them learn new things about the world while making connections between curriculum and their own lives.

 
EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
I also lead the student and faculty-based recycling program at Venice High School. Several years ago, two ambitious students, Joel Coleman and Jamie Kuei, came to me about starting a recycling program here at Venice. Today, Joel and Jamie have moved on to "be the change" (as Gandhi would say) in other ways. At Venice High, we still work with the City of Los Angeles and the administration here to create opportunities for recycling campus-wide through the Breakfast in the Classroom program, having replaced nearly half of our trash dumpsters for recycling bins. The best part of all is that it is facilitated by our students. We are now one of the schools leading LAUSD in recycling on campus. Please contact me if you are interested in becoming part of this movement, or simply need supplies in your classroom in order to participate.
 
 

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE

I was previously employed as a professional graphic designer and art director at top New York and Los Angeles companies such as Chiat/Day Advertising, Parade Magazine, Dance Magazine, Los Angeles Downtown News, Herbalife and 1-800-DENTIST from 1987 through 2002. I also still do a bit of freelance graphic design, but teaching keeps me pretty busy.

 

EDUCATION

Charter School of Education-California State University, Los Angeles, Single-Subject Credential in Social Science, 2005 (GPA 4.0), Member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

University of Colorado, Boulder, Bachelors Degree in Psychology with Minors in Philosophy and Political Science, 1987 (GPA 3.6), Deans Scholar

I am also working on my Masters Degree in History at California State University, LA

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION/WORKSHOPS

RLH-Reading Like A Historian/Stanford University workshop series, Fall 2015

CALIS, Center for Active Learning in International Studies, USC, 2006-present

TLIPE, Teacher Leadership in International Political Economy, USC, 2005-2007

Model UN Advisor Training, 2005-present

International Negotiations Project Advisor training, Whittier College, 2005-present

One Global Tribe Curriculum developer, 2005

 

AWARDS

Model UN Best Position Paper and Best Delegation Awards: 2005-2011

DWP/LA Times Water Conservation Poster Contest Winners: 2011, 2012

Hitachi/LA Times Global Warming Poster Contest Winners: 2013, 2016

 
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