Geri  Rohlff

Language Arts/Study Skills/Alternative Education, 9-12 
Auburn Riverside High School, Auburn, Washington

Total years as a classroom teacher: 25


1983 San Francisco State University M.A. Special Education
1976 University of California, Davis B.A. English

Teaching Experience

1995-present Grades 9-12, Language Arts/Study Skills/Alternative Education, Auburn Riverside High School, Auburn, Washington
1992-present Adult Education/Special Education/English, The Heritage Institute, Clinton, Washington
1990-1995 Grades 10-12, English/Study Skills/ELL/Special Education, Auburn High School, Auburn, Washington
1989-1990 Grades 7-9, English/Journalism/Yearbook, Lakeridge Junior High, Sumner, Washington
1984-1989 Adult Education, English Literature/American Literature/SAT,
Capuchino High School and San Mateo High School, San Bruno, California
1980-1981 Grades 6-12, English/Special Education, Independent Learning School, Larkspur, California
1976-1977 Grades 6-9, Remedial reading and math, 8th and V Opportunity School, Sacramento, California

Special Recognition

2006 OSPI Superintendent appointed member of Washington Learns
2005 Puget Sound Regional Teacher of the Year
2004 Wal-Mart Washington State Teacher of the Year
2004 Auburn Secondary Teacher of the Year
1996, 2000, 2002,
Who’s Who Among American Teachers
1995 King County Vocational/Educational Cooperative’s Special Education Teacher of the Year
1993 Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Education
1993 Outstanding Young Citizen in Washington—Washington State Jaycees award for contribution to youth
1988 National Endowment for Humanities—selected for summer institute on Victorian novels and selfhood


  • Geri possesses the unshakable belief that given the appropriate learning environment and clear goals, all students will succeed.
  • She describes her classroom environment as intellectually motivating
    because it is individualized and relevant to each student in her

“Ms. Rohlff’s refusal to accept students dropping out as a viable
option has encouraged countless discouraged students from leaving
school. She cares about students and believes that all students can

Linda S. Cowan, Superintendent, Auburn School District

“Geri Rohlff is the only teacher I have ever seen who reaches so many students at such extreme levels on a daily basis.”

Cindy Kemp, Colleague and parent of a former student