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 curriculum
  • 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; trained other presenters; developed and led community workshops
  • Coordinated a team of over 40 volunteers for an annual community festival
  • Wrote and published poems and essays in several literary journals


Educational assistant
10/2022 – 4/2023
Parkrose School District

Art teacher assistant
6/2022 – ongoing
Portland Parks and Recreation

Substitute paraeducator 
9/2018 – as needed
Vancouver Public Schools

English Teacher
9/2018 – as needed
Global LT

Creative writing teacher
9/2018 – as needed
SUN schools, Portland, OR

AVID tutor
9/2018 – 12/2018
Gresham-Barlow school district, Gresham, OR

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

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

Online writing tutor
2/2016 – 8/2022
Western eTutoring Consortium, Portland, OR

English, ESL, and writing tutor
9/2014 – 6/2020
Portland Community College, Portland, OR

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

ESL teacher, teacher trainer
12/2013 – 3/2020
People, Places, Things, Portland, OR

Children’s music activity leader
6/2013 – 12/2015
Cafe au Play, Portland, OR

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

Music therapist in Alzheimer’s & dementia settings
3/2004 – 7/2018
Independent Contractor, Portland, OR

Editor, Teacher, Publicity Assistant
3/2004 – 12/2006
Ariela Press/Northwest Teens, Portland, OR                                      

Artist in the Schools: Folk Dance Teacher
9/1994 – present
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
  • Geriatric Wellness Instructor Certificate, Aging Services of Washington, WA
  • Theater classes, Portland Civic Theater and Portland Actors’ Conservatory, OR
  • AVID tutor training and experience


  • Spanish; ASL (American Sign Language)


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


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

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

  • North Coast Squid: poem “Picking Berries”, 2016

  • Harpur Palate: poem “Gypsy Moth Caterpillars”, 2013

  • 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


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.