Ms. Rita Warda
Language Arts was always naturally Ms. Warda’s favorite subject in school. She always held a strong admiration for her high school English teachers, particularly enjoying class discussions where she had the opportunity to analyze text. Ultimately, she credits her former teachers with both her appreciation of the subject and the pursuit of her career path. Ms. Warda grew up in the Central Valley where she attended California State University Stanislaus earning her B.A. in both English and Organizational Communication. Shortly after graduation, she moved to the Bay Area where she worked in the business sector for a few years. During this time, she acknowledged the continuous pull to pursue a career in education and has never looked back. She earned her teaching credential in English language arts and her eventual Master of Arts degree in language and literacy education from San Francisco State University. She has honed her teaching skills in the East Bay by teaching a all secondary grade levels for more than a decade. For the past several years, she has spearheaded the 10th grade Accelerated English/Pre-AP program at Newark Memorial High School working closely with other teachers to further develop and enhance rigor, fluidity, and relevance in the curriculum. In addition, she has enjoyed mentoring and supporting several new teachers throughout the area with the East Bay Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment program as they work to attain their full teaching licensure.
Her favorite part about teaching is engaging with students intellectually and helping them foster their reading, writing, creative, and critical thinking skills. When she is not teaching, she enjoys hiking/excursions into nature, running/fitness activities, reading, doing yoga, and spending time with her family and friends. She is very excited to work with the students at Mill Creek Academy and looks forward to more growth and learning.