Mr. Rod Dobbs, Teacher


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Mr. Dobbs is currently a sixth grade teacher with a focus on history, English/language arts and TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) Education.  He became a teacher in 2013 and has taught sixth, seventh and eighth grades. 

He holds a Bachelors degree and is currently completing a Masters degree.  He has attended Western Governors University, Santa Fe Community College and Monterey Peninsula College.  Mr. Dobbs became a teacher to serve his country and community, to assist students in their growth and development, and to engender an appreciation for the importance and value of education.                   

Mr. Dobbs comes from a family of educators; his brother has been teaching in public schools in Missouri for over 25 years, his uncle was a public school principal in Virginia and then became a superintendent, another uncle was a college professor and politician in Alabama.  He first starting flirting with the idea of teaching in his early 20's but he didn't feel like he knew enough about the world to be qualified, so he went out and worked as a carpenter, operated heavy machinery for a sand & gravel operation, was a store construction supervisor for Chico's, waited tables, tended bar, managed a high-end restaurant in Seattle and then worked as a stock broker for Morgan Stanley.  The events of 9/11, and being in the World Trade Center for three weeks of sales training up until Thursday, September 6, 2001 caused him to reflect on his life and whether or not he was doing what he felt was truly important.  He decided that he was not and this decision brought him to Santa Fe and ultimately back to his desire to teach and contribute to his community.  

Mr. Dobbs grew up all over the United States - mostly in Alabama and Florida.  He has lived in Georgia (born there), Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Missouri, Oregon, Montana, Washington, St. Croix (USVI), New Mexico, and California (L.A., San Diego, Monterey, and San Jose). Santa Fe is a truly special place.  It has culture, beautiful vistas, blue skies, mountains, and lots of outdoor activities.