Roberta Spray

  • Welcome to Mrs. Spray's Web Page!
     
     
     
    "You must do things you think you cannot do."
    Eleanor Roosevelt
     
     
    Contact info:  RSpray@rtnj.org
     
     
    My Schedule 2017-18:
    Homeroom - Sophomore Class  - Rm 165
    Period 1 - World History A - Rm 180
    Period 2 - AP World History  - Rm 180
    Period 3 - World History A - Rm 180
    Period 6 - World History A  - Rm 180
    Period 8 - AP World History - Rm 180
    Period 9 - World History A  - Rm 180
     
    Advisor - Model UN Club - See me in Rm 180 during lunch for club details.
     
     
     
     
     
      
     
     
     
     
     
     
    My History....
     
    I love the above quote by Eleanor Roosevelt because my whole life has been filled with doing things that at first I thought I could not do. I hope my own story encourages others to try new adventures and not be afraid to fail.

    It all started in tenth grade when I made a decision to switch to Little Rock Central High School in the middle of the year. I ended up graduating as valedictorian, despite a US History teacher who insisted on giving me a B! I got in to Princeton University and worked hard to graduate with honors in Asian Studies/Japanese.

    While at Princeton, I rowed in a "crew" boat with 8 women, something I had never done, much less seen, before. We ended up winning the National Collegiate Championships not once, but twice! After 4 years I finally lettered and even won a coveted crew team honor, the "Class of 1983 Award," which stated: "Awarded to the individual who measures success not by results but by effort and whose positive attitude contributes to the morale of the team." I think that was a nice way of saying I was not the best rower, but I tried and just kept encouraging the other women in my boat to row hard. I try to continue this in my work today - both with my students and with my fellow staff members.

    After Princeton I was awarded a full-paid, 2-year Rotary Scholarship to live and study in Japan. After I conquered that unique culture and language, I took off with a backpack and a travel guide and wandered around the world for 8 months on my own. I had the time of my life! A few years later I returned to Japan with my husband and worked in the medical marketing industry for 5 years in the wild city of Tokyo. My two children were born there and continue to love sushi to this day.

    Upon my return to the US, I worked in the volunteer nonprofit world until my kids were in high school. I went back to school and got my Masters Degree in Education in Social Studies Content at Montclair State University. Three years later, I was ready to try the biggest challenge of my life: to inspire teens to “do things they think they cannot do.” And here I am today!

     

    Doing something I thought I could not do (again): 

    Head of the Charles Regatta, Oct. 2016.

     

     

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