Ernest Zarra, III

Dr. Ernest J. Zarra, III, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Teacher Education

  • SPH 309
  • Teacher Education Division
Office Hours
Mon 1:00 - 3:00 pm and by appointment
Tue By appointment
Wed 1:00 - 3:00 pm and by appointment
Thu By appointment
Fri None

Ernie Zarra, Ph.D., lives in both Washington and in Idaho.  He holds five earned degrees, and is a life-long educator. He is married to Suzi, a retired California public educator, and they have two adult children.  Ernie and Suzi are recent grandparents, for the first time. 

Ernie has authored eight books, and is currently working on book #9, which is due out in the summer of 2019.  His latest books include:  ASSAULTED:  Violence in Schools and What Needs to be Done (2018), and THE TEACHER EXODUS:  Reversing the Trend and Keeping Teachers in the Classrooms (2018). 

Dr. Zarra is an Assistant Professor in the Teacher Education Division at Lewis-Clark State College, Lewiston, Idaho. He has taught in both public and private education for over three decades and formerly taught high school seniors for 18 years, in the content areas of United States Government & Politics, and Economics at a California state and nationally-distinguished secondary school. 

Dr. Zarra also finds time to present at education conferences and is a former professional development leader in California's largest high school district. Ernie is a graduate of California State University, Bakersfield, where he was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student Award, and a graduate of the University of Southern California, where he earned his Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning. 

Dr. Zarra's hobbies include working out at the gym, cooking, climbing mountains, coaching and athletics--especially soccer!  Ernie is a former First-Team All-American Christian College Soccer Player.

Dr. Zarra is available for professional development for districts, teacher groups, and individual schools.  If interested, you can contact Dr. Zarra by visiting his personal website, or by any one of the following email addresses:



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