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Ruth Litterini

Ruth Litterini (NV '01)


At the time of the Award, Ruth Litterini was:

Teacher/Department Coordinator
Chaparral High School
Las Vegas, NV

Subject(s) taught: English/Language
Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

Biographical Information

Ruth Litterini has retired from her position as administrator at Chaparral High School in Las Vegas, where she was previously an English teacher and department chair for 26 years. Prior to her years at Chaparral High School, Mrs. Litterini was an English teacher at Oswego High School in Illinois. Currently she is an instructor for the College of Education at Nevada State College. Mrs. Litterini has published four books: two novels, her memoir, and a fictionalized biography under her pen name, Elizabeth Anthony. As a teacher, Litterini used a variety of activities to promote student creativity and learning, including journal-writing, group discussions, student-written tests, notebook reviews, patchwork quilts and collages. Her student-centered, hands-on curriculum focused on learning by doing. Litterini has earned prestigious honors from the National Forensics League for her coaching of the school's forensics team. As a part-time learning strategist for the school, she mentored and trained a large number of teachers, has compiled and published successful instructional strategies, and has contributed to a dramatic increase in standardized test scores.


Additional Information


1975 BA English/Secondary Ed; M.Ed. Educational Leadership, UNLV; Post-Grad certifications in curriculum and literacy