David’s Resumé

David Rutiezer

(503) 901-1422



•Taught and tutored English, ESL, writing and adult literacy to
people of all ages, cultures, educational levels, and language
backgrounds in colleges, community education settings,
and online

•Developed, implemented, and modified English language

•Planned English lessons incorporating materials from daily
American life

•Evaluated student progress

•Trained and supervised other aspiring ESL teachers

•Developed, performed, and promoted solo educational musical variety program with singing, piano, and ukulele for children and families, and for seniors in memory care and nursing facilities

•Taught, developed and promoted educational program of international folk dances across the Pacific Northwest for students of all ages and abilities

•Presented and developed Holocaust education program at Oregon Holocaust Memorial and in schools, using own family history and trained other presenters

•Coordinated a team of over 40 volunteers for an annual community festival

•Wrote and published poems in several literary journals


Creative writing teacher
9/2018- present
SUN schools, Portland, OR

AVID tutor
9/2018- present
Gresham-Barlow school district, Gresham, OR

Online writing tutor
2/2016- present
Western eTutoring Consortium, Portland, OR

English, ESL, and writing tutor
9/2014- present
Portland Community College, Portland, OR

English teacher
ETC Language School, Portland, OR

English teacher
7/2018- 8/2018
Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization, Portland, OR

ESL teacher, teacher trainer
12/2013- 7/2018
People, Places, Things, Portland, OR

English, ESL, and writing tutor
8/2017- 12/2017
Washington State University Vancouver, WA

Music therapist in Alzheimer’s & dementia settings
Independent Contractor, Portland, OR

Children's music activity leader
Cafe au Play, Portland, OR

Afterschool Spanish Teacher
9/2012- 6/2013
Kids Love Languages, Portland, OR

Editor, Teacher, Publicity Assistant
Ariela Press/Northwest Teens, Portland, OR                                      

Artist in the Schools: Folk Dance Teacher
Various Oregon & Washington locations


•TESL/TEFL Certificate, Concordia University, OR

•MFA, Creative Writing, Rainier Writing Workshop, Pacific Lutheran University, WA

•Residencies: Vermont Studio Center, Artsmith Orcas, Fishtrap, Lambda Literary Foundation

•BA, Theater Arts Major, Creative Writing Minor, Evergreen State College, WA

  1. Geriatric Wellness Instructor Certificate, Aging Services of Washington, WA

  2. Theater classes, Portland Civic Theater and Portland Actors’ Conservatory, OR


  1. Spanish: intermediate level

  2. ASL (American Sign Language): basic level


  1. Oregon Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Language, member, 2014- 2016


  1. Terra Incognita: poems “The Loot”, “In Case of Today”, “Against Panic”, 2019

  2. Jewish Currents: poems “Singing at Oatfield Estates”, “Singing at Fanno Creek”, 2017, poem “Handprint”, 2016

  3. North Coast Squid: poem “Picking Berries”, 2016

  4. Harpur Palate: poem “Gypsy Moth Caterpillars”, 2013

  5. Drash: poem “Genius”, 2012


Various positions have included:

•Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education: lead docent
2009 - 2018

•Cascade Festival of African Films: outreach committee; volunteer coordinator, 2005- present

•Florida State Poetry Society: judge, poetry contest, 2013- present

•PFLAG, Portland and East County Chapters, volunteer, 1991- present

•Portland Folk Music Society: former concert committee member,
concert volunteer

Portland Parks and Recreation: former summer concert committee member

Other Work Experience

Museum intake specialist; activity director; assistant for the elderly; teaching assistant; library page; ESL tutor; driver for disabled children; film production crew member; home helper and personal assistant; delivery driver; receptionist; cashier.

References available

        photo: www.jodieve.com