Rita Phillips

Rita Phillips

Skills

Skills

Integration of Technology in the Classroom

I have become a master of locating and using free Web 2.0 tools to engage my students and to deal with classroom management.

Teaching

I am a veteran teacher of 32 years and have taught both middle and high school.

Interest

My interests include:

  • Cycling
  • Writing
  • Following Politics
  • Technology

Objective

My objective is to work for an organization which will allow me to use my teaching experience and knowledge of Web 2.0 tools to train individuals in how to use technology to engage students.

Novel I Wrote

Bloody Instructions

In the 1999/2000 school year, I took a sabbatical and wrote a novel which I subsequently self-published.  This is that effort which was written under my previous name:  Rita Hogan.

Cheerleader, jocks, fast cars, homecoming, football: high school hasn't changed much in the last few decades. Or has it? 35-year-old Justine Herrera teaches English at Birnam High in Southern Oregon. She loves her job and the students. But things are about to change. When Marvin Holmes, beloved principal of Birnam High, is suddenly and inexplicably forced to retire, Justine feels certain Frank Sutter, charismatic Superintendent of the district, is responsible. Sutter replaces Holmes with Margaret Das, a woman with insatiable appetites. Sutter, whose sights are set on the state's Secretary of Education position, directs Das to implement several unproven pilot programs using the district's students as guinea pigs. Insisting on a united front for the media, he makes it clear to Das that any opposition to his programs will not be tolerated. When several teachers are dismissed, Justine's curiosity and sense of fairness compel her to investigate. Her suspicions are confirmed when she stumbles upon information that will bring down the whole leadership team. But district administrators, used to attending conferences at posh resorts and living in opulence, are not about to allow a teacher to change their lifestyles. Out one night on a bike ride, Justine is initially stalked and then struck by a car playing a dangerous game of "cat and mouse." Not to be dissuaded and with the aid of handsome detective, Geoffrey McDuff, Justine continues investigating the district. When her sleuthing uncovers corruption on a grand scale, the attacks escalate and lead to murder. Justine must find out who's behind it all before there are more victims. But the list of suspects is long and time is running out.

Work History

Work History
Aug 2001 - Present

Tech Coach/Teacher

Grants Pass School District

In my tenure with the Grants Pass School District, I have taught 6th grade through 12th grade in the following subjects: 

  • English/Language Arts
  • US History
  • World Cultures
  • Holocaust Studies
  • The History of Spying

In addition, for the last two years I have been the tech coach for the district.  My primary duty involves putting on workshops for district employing helping them integrate technology in their classes for more student engagement.  I am also responsible for writing occasional blogs about technology, researching new Web 2.0 tools, and learning new programs purchased by the district to enable me to teach staff members.

Honors:

  • Walmart Teacher of the Year, 2003
  • Nominated 4 consecutive years as Oregon Teacher of the Year
  • Chosen one of 20 teachers from 13 western states to attend a Holocaust workshop in Washington D.C in 2010.
Jan 2001 - Jul 2001

Writing Teacher

Rogue Community College

I taught paragraph writing classes on a part time basis to adults seeking to improve their writing.  I taught under my former name Rita Hogan.

Aug 1987 - Jun 2000

Teacher

Eagle Point School District

During my thirteen years with the Eagle Point High School, I taught English and World History to students in grades 9-12.  I was also the advanced placement writing and literature instructor.  (I taught under my previous name:  Rita Hogan.}

Honors:

  • ;Received the "Outstanding Educator" award from senior students for two consecutive years.
Aug 1985 - Jun 1987

Teacher

Phoenix-Talent School District

I taught English classes for grades 9-12.  I taught under my previous name:  Rita Hogan.

Aug 1984 - Jun 1985

Teacher

Three Rivers School District

I taught language arts classes for 7th and 8th graders.  I taught under my previous name: Rita Hogan.

Aug 1979 - Jun 1984

Teacher

Bend School District

While I was with the Bend School District, I taught 7th and 8th graders the following subjects:

  • Language Arts
  • Speech
  • Drama

In addition, I put on the school plays and coached track and gymnastics. (I taught under my maiden name:  Rita Dilworth.)

Education

Education
Jun 1980 - Jun 1983

Master of Education

Oregon State University

I took my Master's courses in the evenings and during the summers while I taught in Bend.  My degree is under my maiden name:  Rita Elaine Dilworth.

Honors:  Graduated with honors

Sep 1975 - Jun 1979

Bachelor of Science

Western Oregon University

I attained endorsements in the following areas:

  • Language Arts
  • History
  • Physical Education

Honors: 

  • Graduated with Honors
  • First person on campus to attain a teaching position prior to graduating in 1979.

Certifications

Certifications
Dec 2012 - Dec 2016

Standard Teaching License

Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission