My name is Cheryl Tuttle. I grew up in Hoopa, attending Hoopa Elementary and Hoopa High School before receiving my B.A. from Humboldt State University. I am a member of the Yurok tribe and I also have Karuk ancestry. At HSU, I was a member of the Indian Teacher Education and Personnel Program. I received my Multiple-Subjects Credential from Dominican College. I later received my Administrative Credential from Sonoma State. This past year I received a Master’s in Education from Wilkes University with an emphasis on the Art and Science of Teaching.
This is my twelfth year teaching at Round Valley Unified School District. Prior to teaching in Covelo, I taught for ten years at St. Mary of the Angels School in Ukiah, three years at Potter Valley Elementary School in their Primary Core program, and three years at the Woodlands Charter School in Ukiah.
When I started at Round Valley Elementary I developed the Community Day School and taught as a CDS teacher for three years. I loved the students I worked with and enjoyed this new challenge. Then I spent three years as the Principal at Round Valley Elementary School. I enjoyed and was challenged by this work also. I am proud of our accomplishments, as a staff, during this time period; particularly moving the elementary school out of State Sanctions (SAIT) by increasing our Academic Performance Index (API) by 74 points in three years. While I felt a lot of satisfaction in this leadership position, I missed being a teacher so I resigned as principal to hopefully be able to teach again.
For the next three years I worked in administrative and teaching positions, I as a Teacher on Special assignment, Indian Land Tenure Teacher, Multi-Media teacher, Yearbook teacher, and Curriculum Coach.
Two years ago I taught sixth grade at the middle school. Last year I was the elementary school's Title 1 teacher and half-time instructional coach for the teachers. This year I am the Title 1 teacher and on Wednesday's I am teaching the schools Lessons of Round Valley Land to K-8th grade. I, along with Rolinda Want and Kathy Britton, will also be starting an Indian Language Class, called the Round Valley High School Language Project during seventh period each day.