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R Walrod

ESL teacher - Elkhart Middle School and Elkhart Grade School


e-mail: rwalrod@usd218.org

Available - 7:40 - 4:00

Plan - 11:01-11:36


1) Increase proficiency  levels on the IPT.

2) Practice everyday conversation skills.

3) Improve writing skills needed for school and/or work.

4) Improve reading skills needed for school and/or work.

5) Practice listening skills daily.

Expectations and Rules:

1) Come to class with a positive attitude. 

2) Come to class with a mind curious to learn.

3) Come to class with a desire to work. 

Classroom Supplies:  Student needs paper and pencil.  Other book, computers and resources will be provided.  

Class Schedule: 

8:05-10:22 - Reading rotation 

10:24-10:59 -ESL Study Skills

11:01-11:36 - Plan

12:11-1:00 -  7th &8th Refresher

2:09-3:02 -Elementary School

3:05 - 3:30 - Elementary School

Background History

I have quite an eclectic background which I believe lends itself very well to this job.  

1974 Graduated Kansas State University - Bachelor of Science in Home Economics

1994 Graduated Oklahoma Panhandle State University - Bachelor of Arts in Music Education

ESL Endorsement

Gifted Endorsement - Only lack a few hours to complete.

After graduating from KSU in 1974 I worked for the Texas State Department of Human Resources in the Child Abuse/Neglect division as an investigative and ongoing caseworker.  Later I became the liaison worker between the Texas State Department of Human Resources and Texas Panhandle Community Action Corporation.  Texas Panhandle Community Action Corporation was the umbrella agency for a shelter for abused and neglected children from the ages 6 - 18 years.  After completion of an exam I filled the position of director of the shelter.

I spent a few years in insurance sales during which time I met my charming husband Phil.  We have been blessed with two wonderful children.  Our oldest son Ty is founder of Brightfunds, an international business for giving in the workplace.  He resides in San Francisco, CA.  Our youngest son Zac is a Landscape Architect in Denver, Co.  He has his own business also doing contract work for landscape architects.  

This is my fifteenth year of teaching.  My first teaching position was teaching vocal music grades K-12 in Keyes, OK.  I was academic coordinator for 21st Century for one year.  This is my thirteenth year teaching ESL in the Elkhart Middle School.  I love this job and am continually looking for ways to improve the program and be a very pro-active teacher in every way.  It is truly a blessing to be able to share with these students.  I learn much from them each day.   

Swanson, who spent his entire career working at Raytheon wrote the often used "Swanson's Unwritten Rules of Management."  From this list I would like to close with one of his 31 rules.  "A person who is nice to you but rude to the waiter is not a nice person."  This rule never fails.  

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