Tina Roberts, former high school English teacher who now mentors new instructors, saluted by state

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: GRESHAM-BARLOW SCHOOL DISTRICT - Tina Roberts, a teacher mentor at Gresham-Barlow School District is surpised by her colleagues after earning a Regional Teacher of the Year honor from the Oregon Department of Education. Tina Roberts, a teacher-mentor for the Gresham-Barlow School District, was honored by the Oregon Department of Education as the Regional Teacher of the Year for the Portland metro region.

"Tina is extremely talented and very deserving of this award," said Teresa Ketelsen, deputy superintendent of the Gresham-Barlow School District.

Ketelsen said Roberts continually learns new teaching strategies to meet the needs of each student.

As a new teacher mentor for the district, Roberts provides intensive mentoring and support for teachers in their first or second year of teaching.

This is the first year the Oregon Department of Education has named Regional Teachers of the Year in addition to the Oregon Teacher of the Year.

Each Regional Teacher of the Year will receive $500 from the Oregon Lottery and is automatically considered for 2019 Oregon Teacher of the Year, which will be announced in September.

Roberts was nominated for the honor while in her previous job as an English teacher at Gresham High School. She taught English at Gresham High for seven years and was the department chairwoman for three of those years.

She did a two-year stint as district instructional coach and before that was an English teacher at Barlow High School for nine years.

"No matter Tina's role over the past 18 years in our district, as a teacher, an instructional coach, or new teacher mentor, she has consistently excelled," Ketelsen said.

Roberts earned her undergraduate and master's degrees in education at Portland's Concordia University and got an endorsement in reading and literacy instruction from Portland State University in 2012.

ODE Deputy Superintendent Colt Gill said "I'm pleased we are able to expand this program to recognize dedicated educators across the state, and to raise awareness of best practices. These teachers, their schools and districts should be very proud of the innovation and collaboration that helps deliver students a well-rounded education."

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