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Rothenberg, Annalee photoName: Rothenberg, Annalee
Credentials: California licensed CPA
Position: Professor/Program Chair
Department: Accounting
Office: Bldg. 16-223
Phone: 253.566.5181
Fax: 253.566.5181
Email: arothenberg@tacomacc.edu
Advising Areas: Acct. Office Associate Certificate, Asst Bookkeeping Clerk Certificate, Automated Accounting Degree, Bookkeeping Systems, Computerized Accounting, Tax Preparation
Professional Associations: Northwest Accounting Educators, Washington Association of Occupational Educators

Educational Philosophy

I like to teach a wide variety of courses to a diverse group of students. Liking diversity is part of why I am at Tacoma Community College. I particularly enjoy teaching introductory courses where I can help students understand some fundamental ideas. I think I can organize major concepts clearly, while showing my enthusiasm for the subject -- at least this is what students tell me in evaluations. I seem to be good at knowing what is hard for people and making it easy. I also enjoy having students help me make up spontaneous examples that convey key concepts.

At the more advanced level I particularly enjoy teaching computer application classes where I watch students become confident in applying their accounting knowledge.


I use email to put students in contact with intern or job opportunities as well as free resources available to TCC students. Questions and comments sent to me by email usually get answered in an hour or two if I am in my office. Now, with the introduction of "Blackboard", I may communicate that way. Your grades are usually posted within 24 hours on WAOL. On the other hand, I am delighted to interact with you in person, by phone, or in class.

Another thing students notice is that I teach in an accounting department and not a traditional classroom. The room is complete with an executive suite that has a view of Mt. Rainier.

In summary, here is how I structure classes:

  • I emphasize how I see the material: what the key concepts are and how they interrelate.
  • I do a few examples in class and then expect the students to build off of those examples. The classes are very interactive and I facilitate your learning. This means we are forcing each other to think together. If you catch me making a mistake in my thinking you are awarded extra credit points. If you make a mistake -it is called learning.
  • In capstone classes I do very little lecturing. These classes are an opportunity for students to integrate the skills they have acquired in their college career. Capstone classes are intended to use your skills to seek new resources. I will help guide you; however I want you to be successful when I am not around.

I also have expectations of you outside of class. Namely;

  1. Think about class afterwards. This requires you to attend class and refer to take notes.
  2. Do the reading, including reading posted by email and website.
  3. Solve the problems and have them completed when they are due.
  4. Study before the test review days so that you come to class prepared to ask me questions.
  5. I encourage you to work together outside of class, if that's your style.
  6. Have fun learning!


I like the Socratic Method -- asking a lot of questions and helping you develop your understanding through answering. I try very hard not to be intimidating -- I ask gently, wait for answers, applaud partial answers, show my delight when someone's false start eventually leads the class to reach a good conclusion, and allow you to hire a consultant to help you answer the question. After all we are business majors and business people hire consultants. I have found the Socratic Method encourages students to come to class prepared and allows students to analyze concepts.

There is a lot of evidence that lectures just don't work for most students no matter how clear and engaging the professor is. Therefore I spend less time lecturing, more time having students do interactive work and more time providing students with feedback. It has always been satisfying seeing what you do.

I also appreciate you asking questions. I think I am good at understanding what you are trying to ask. I may answer the question or if I think you have asked a particularly valuable question I will offer extra credit to the class to research the answer.


Writing is an essential skill in the business world and we spend time learning the steps to create a document. Actually the steps are similar to the accounting cycle:

  • Trial Balance = the 1st draft
  • Adjusted Trial Balance = the edited (annotated) drafts
  • Financial Statements = the final copy


My tests provide you one more opportunity to view material that will help you be successful in the accounting profession. The tests are not intended to stress you. Your grade is secondary to your having a consolidated learning experience and being able to apply major accounting principles to diverse contexts.

Skills beyond Technical Skills

TCC has identified college wide learning outcomes. You can find these in my syllabi. These outcomes go beyond content. They are intended to provide you with valuable skills that will serve you in your future learning and employment endeavors. I embed these learning outcomes in my instruction methods.


If this appeals to you, I look forward to having you in my courses.

Areas of Interest

The purpose of my teaching is your learning. I will describe my learning in the hopes that you will think about how you learn.

As a student, I always enjoyed lectures! I loved to listen to a knowledgeable speaker and take notes. I found that I enjoyed the lecture even more if I read a related text carefully before the lecture. Now that I no longer attend classes I use this same method when I travel. It immerses me in the culture or history of an area.

I remember that when I studied accounting in addition to lectures and reading I needed to do the problems; and I don't mean just the assigned problems. Instead, what I remember as being really useful was doing every single problem in the book. Sometimes I thought the answer was wrong; on these occasions I misunderstood the concept, and so the problem straightened me out.

Another area of learning for me was tests. I always went into tests well prepared, it helped to calm my fears and I always visualized sitting in an "A" seat when I walked in the door. I probably was the last person to turn in a test my entire college career. I always went over the questions to make sure that my answer addressed the question and that I had not made a careless error. After I turned in the test I never thought about it until it was returned. No point worrying about things beyond my control. When the test was returned I reviewed my errors. I realize not everyone will have this attitude towards getting things wrong on tests, but please consider it.

The next most valuable areas of learning were writing and speaking. As an accounting student I did not have the opportunity to frequently write and speak in the classroom. Therefore I give my students plenty of interactive opportunities. An area of leaning I did not enjoy was group work. I did not learn much by talking accounting with other students. That was not my learning style. I am aware this method works well with many people; it is much more encouraged now than it used to be and employers ask that instructors require it in the classroom. Therefore if you are like me and do not enjoy it, you have my sympathy.


I was born in August, 1955, in Victoria, British Columbia at the end of baby boom. At the age of five, my family moved to San Diego, California when the highway to the beach was still two lanes and cows grazed along the hillsides. I was fascinated by the outdoors at an early age and the California weather allowed me to spend my days outside.

I started college at the age of seventeen and I chose San Diego State University because it was close to home. I worked my way through school by being a waitress at a Hyatt Hotel. Working at the Hyatt was a fun period and I made a few life-long friends. The job gave me enough freedom to study and still hike or surf in my spare time. I earned my bachelor's degree in anthropology from San Diego State University and worked as an archaeologist in California for two years. I couldn't believe I was being paid to be outside every day, working in the dirt. But, when you're doing archaeology, you work contract to contract. I began to worry about making a living long-term and what I would do between contracts.

So I went back to school in search of a new field that would offer job security. I took five classes that I thought would be employable. From among computer science, pre-med and chemistry, accounting stood out. I was so surprised. I liked the math; it appealed to me.

In addition to going back to school, I also went back to the Hyatt and helped my husband sail boats. We would get calls from people whose boats were broken and would need them sailed back to San Diego or people would want to sail somewhere; however they were afraid to do it alone. It was an exciting adventure and more than once, I stood at the helm of someone's boat convinced I was going to die.

From there I completed the courses needed to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam, which I took and passed before going to work for Deloitte, Haskins and Sells. I enjoyed working for Deloitte. It was very different from what I had been doing and I found the mental challenge satisfying.

I visited my place of birth while on a business trip for Deloitte and thought, I really want to make my way back up to Canada, and I made it to Seattle. It's the same environment here, as far as the beauty of the land.

After taking almost five years off to be a full-time mother, I went back to work part-time and was doing consulting work prior to coming to TCC. Teaching is something that I always wanted to try. I admit that at first I disliked it, I was very nervous speaking in front of students. After two weeks, I decided I was going to relax in the classroom, and I loved it from that point on. The part I enjoy the most is that I have some students with just incredible backgrounds.

Away from teaching, I still enjoy being outside. I grow a huge garden. I also play tennis and ride horses. I tend to do things that really clear out my head. I find that tennis and horseback riding both require complete focus and therefore clear out the world.

Class Schedule

ACCT 2901Work InternshipARRANGED

ACCT 2991Independent Study & Special ProjectsARRANGED


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