Bonnie Robb, M.Ed.
Bonnie Robb, M.Ed began her teaching career in 1995 after graduating from University of
Portland. During the past 18 years, she has been a first grade teacher, second grade teacher,
reading specialist, and district-wide math elementary math teacher leader and trainer. Ms.
Robb also completed her Master’s degree and added a Reading endorsement and ESOL
endorsement to her classroom certification. She has primarily worked with children in
poverty, children of color, and English Language Learners (ELL).
After seeing a growing achievement gap between children diagnosed with special
learning needs and general education students in the classroom, Ms. Robb began collaborating
with Dr. Ellyn Arwood to more effectively reach all learners by understanding Neuro-
Semantic Language Learning Theory (NLLT) and implementing Viconic Language
Methods™ (VLM). These inclusive strategies were very effective in helping Ms. Robb guide
all students to academic success. Educators from throughout the country visit her classroom
to observe these innovative and inclusive strategies
This collaboration produced a teaching manual titled Make It Visual in the Classroom,
and article published in ESL Magazine as well as numerous trainings and presentations. In
2008, Ms. Robb’s classroom success garnered the notice of the Oregon Department of
Education and the Milken Family Foundation who named her Oregon Teacher of the Year in
2008. She was honored again as one of only 25 educators nationwide in 2011 to be awarded
the Kappa Delta Pi Teacher of Honor award.
Currently, Ms. Robb is a teacher in Portland Public Schools and a doctoral student
with an emphasis on neuroeducation at the University of Portland.