Mrs. Rowena Cortina
- Social Studies Teacher
Where did you attend college and what degree(s) did you earn?Cal Poly San Luis ObispoWhere did you grow up?I am a Third Culture Kid meaning, while my parents and I have Australian citizenship, I spend my early childhood on the island of Borneo in Indonesia, before moving back to the United States.What classes do you teach/what sports do you coach/what is your role at Bishop?I have my dream job here at Bishop sharing my passion for the world and the cultural landscape that surrounds us here locally. I teach Human Geography and AP Human Geography. I am proud to say that my 2018-2019 AP Class had a 100% pass rate on their exam.Tell us about your familyWe are an adventurous family as my husband and I love spending time in the outdoors with our daughter age 4 and our son 5 months. We have a 4x4 with a roof top tent (yes, a little ridiculous, we know...and we try to bike most places locally) that we love to use to explore new places or simply camp at a local beach spot. We spend our summers in Bend, Oregon enjoying the mountain bike trails, lakes and good quality time with my parents. Adrian was born and raised in Santa Barbara and all of his family lives here so we are fortunate to have the cousins being raised together.What drew you to Bishop?After years at a local public high school, I knew I wanted to continue to teach but in a different environment that allowed me to focus on positive student interactions and curriculum that I was passionate about. I am grateful everyday to be apart of the Bishop community.What book are you reading, or have you currently read and what is it about?I have been on a memoir kick enjoying Tara Westover's Educated, Trevor Noah's Born and Crime and Michelle Obama's Becoming. All three of these individuals have unique stories that resonated with me, helping me contemplate my own life and Noah's book provided so many laughs reminding me how children are a work in progress.Where would we find you when you are not at work? Where is your favorite place in the world?One of my favorite places on earth where I was able to work and later in life honeymoon to is South Africa. From the bustling cities of Cape Town and Soweto, to the remote places within the Drakensberg Mountains and amazing game parks and all the beautiful people that I was able to get to know there this place truly has a special place in my heart. Locally, I love a powder day at Mammoth Mountain skiing.What is your favorite Bible verse or inspirational quote?From Nelson Mandela, "And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same."