In education, we see teachers going above and beyond on a regular basis, but there are those rare individuals who are visionary in their efforts. Visionary is how Rock Springs High School Principal Annie Fletcher describes Dr. Rhonda Gamble. Last year she saw a need to provide a structure and a system to have students helping students. Building on the idea that students often respond better to their peers, she went about creating a peer tutoring program at Rock Springs High School. The program consists of teaching students how to be tutors. Last year this instruction was facilitated through the college, but this year Dr. Gamble is using her adjunct status to be the instructor. Tutors gain skills, college credit and a job skill. The students then provide tutoring, upon request throughout the day.
Additionally, Dr. Gamble has taken on the teacher leader roll with online classes, providing guidance with use of Canvas, curriculum validation and online instructional strategies. She has been instrumental in the high school’s thoughtful reflection on implementation and working to create a better experience for students and teachers each semester.
Dr. Gamble does all of this with no expectation of accolades or recognition; only a true desire to do what it best for students.