Robert Dilansa, Middle School Language Arts & Literature Class Three Assistant

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Robert Dilansa came to the Rogue Valley in 2000 to study teaching at SOU and quickly fell in love with Southern Oregon’s mountains, rivers, and lakes. He grew up on equal portions of Southern Indiana rural life and Northern California wine country. After graduating with his B.A. in English from Sonoma State University in 1991, he started his teaching career in the Czech Republic, served as a Peace Corps volunteer teacher trainer in the Philippines, and taught English in China. Returning to the States, he received his MAT degree from SOU in 2002 and taught English in public middle and high schools for twelve years before seeking a change of direction. He pursued his passion for landscaping and also took on the role of woodworking teacher at Madrone Trail Public Charter School. His love of Waldorf education brought him back to language arts instruction. Robert and his wife, Jodie, have two children: Kiva in 6th grade at the school, and Rhys, in 1st. Sharing his children’s experiences in this educational setting has strongly influenced Robert’s view of effective teaching and learning. Coming from a family of avid swimmers and being the son of a swim team coach, Robert spent much of his youth in the pool and continues to swim regularly today. He also enjoys running and just about any activity that puts him outdoors in nature.