My name is Robert Orta and I teach Algebra I, Pre-Algebra, Mathematics for Grade 6 at the Middle Level.
I was a math teacher for 20 years with the Corpus Christi ISD. During that time, I served as the math department chairperson at two middle schools. I have also provided professional development at the state level twice at the Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics (CAMT) in Dallas and San Antonio. I have worked as a part-time instructor with the Department for Adult Basic Education at Del Mar College where I taught math, science, and writing for 6 years.
Why I decided to become a teacher:
I decided to become a teacher mostly because it would allow me to work with younger students who I believed I could reach and make a difference in their lives.
I believe that teaching should be fun for both the student and the teacher. I try to make my class experience enjoyable.
Words I live by:
I believe we should speak life when we interact with others. That's why I have adopted the following quote as my motto. “In every encounter, we either give life or we drain it; there is no neutral exchange” - Brennan Manning
Who motivates me:
I am motivated to be the role model my children expect me to be, and the son my parents prayed I would become.
I play several instruments including piano, guitar, bass guitar, and the ukulele.
My hobbies include playing music, building robots, working in my wife's dog shop, coding, collecting vintage depression era glass, specifically, candy dishes. I worked at Rudy's BBQ for two years to learn to smoke briskets. I love collecting and listening to pre-1960 records on my record player.
What I love about IWA:
I love the ability to incorporate my faith into my work and work alongside people who share the faith. I especially love the students and parents I get to know along the way. Plus, I love the administrative team here at the ML!