Meet our Award-Winning Instructors
UCLA Extension instructors are a special breed—they both do and teach.
These dedicated working professionals bring real-world experience into online and traditional classrooms. Each year, we honor Extension’s best with the Distinguished Instructor Award. Meet some of this year’s most gifted teachers:
Robina “Bobby” Blundell
In her eight years in the Academic Intensive English Program (AIEP) in the American Language Center (ALC), Bobby Blundell has exhibited her expertise and versatility by teaching a notable range of courses at all levels from beginner to advanced. Bobby’s student evaluations are generously sprinkled with words such as “active,” “inspiring,” and “empowering.” In partnership with ALC colleagues, she has presented methodology workshops for instructors, and has represented the program at professional conferences.
Sam Boutari, PhD, has been an instructor in the Accounting Certificate for nearly 30 years and has taught more than 25,000 students in more than a dozen introductory and advanced accounting courses. In addition to his work in the classroom, which includes developing and teaching the course on consumer behavior, he has developed core curriculum training manuals for students and a financial management manual used by hundreds of Los Angeles City personnel.
Rhonda Ingelman not only teaches new elementary and special education school teachers effective methods and strategies for the classroom, but she also visits these teachers at their school sites to provide in-depth observations and feedback on their performance. Rhonda also prepares teachers for the Performance Assessment for California Teachers (PACT). Her contributions have been instrumental in curriculum improvements.
Since 1996, Scott Robertson has taught more than 200 classroom-based and online classes in Information Technology. He is one of the architects of the .NET Programming Certificate and has developed and teaches several of the required courses for the program. Like many of the Distinguished Instructors this year, Scott often discusses career and employment opportunities in the IT sector with students and actively promotes continuing education among his peers.