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Latrissa "Trish" Neiworth: A Passion for Learning

As the new curriculum development specialist at NWCPHP, Trish draws on more than 20 years of professional experience in education, public health, and communications.
Latrissa "Trish" Neiworth: A Passion for Learning

Trish teaches 5th graders about Venn Diagrams.

As the new curriculum development specialist at NWCPHP, Trish draws on more than 20 years of professional experience in education, public health, and communications.

January 4, 2012

The fifth graders were getting restless. Latrissa “Trish” Neiworth could hear scattered fidgeting and whispering while she tried to walk the class through a story problem. As an experienced substitute teacher, Trish knew that the students’ lack of attention was probably due to a widespread lack of understanding about how to solve the problem.

Quickly changing her approach, Trish said, “Put away your math books and take out a piece of paper and some markers.” She then explained how to make Venn Diagrams. Teaching this strategy did the trick. Soon students were excitedly raising their hands and calling out answers.

“I have a passion for helping others learn, whether it’s a group of school children or a class of adult learners,” Trish says, who uses her background in education to help out local schools when she can. As the new curriculum development specialist at NWCPHP, Trish draws on more than 20 years of professional experience in education, public health, and communications.

Latrissa "Trish" NeiworthBefore joining NWCPHP, Trish developed training and provided educational outreach for the State of Oregon’s Public Health Division. In the past five years, Trish has been recognized three times by the National Public Health Information Coalition for excellence in public health projects. She is an accomplished professional trainer and has helped adult learners improve their writing, speaking, communication, and leadership skills. In addition, Trish is a documentary producer, recognized regionally and nationally. Her past projects include an Emmy-nominated documentary about the pioneers who traveled The Oregon Trail. Earlier in her career, Trish worked as a broadcast and print journalist for local media in Oregon and Idaho.

Working at the University of Washington is like “coming home, in a way,” says Trish, who grew up on the coast of Washington State in Grays Harbor County. As a child, she spent many weekends traveling to the Seattle area. She continues to spend time traveling, as she works to finish a doctoral degree in education at Pepperdine University in California. A recent paper of hers relating to her studies on learning styles, brain dominance, and effective curricula will be part of the conference proceedings this month at the 2012 Hawaii International Conference on Education.

In addition to her thriving professional and scholarship activities, Trish loves spending time with her husband Joe, and their children, Emma and Alex. But as you might imagine, education is often a topic of family conversations. Joe is a high school basketball coach and 11-year-old Alex helps out at the games. Emma studies pre-medicine and science at Portland State University. “I guess I’m destined to be in some kind of educational mode, whether I’m at work or at home,” Trish laughs. She wouldn’t have it any other way.

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