Carolyn, forever and always a Portlander, was born and raised here in Oregon. After spending a few years finding her way at and participating in activism at Oregon State University she transferred to Portland State University. Carolyn received her BS in Organismal Biology in 2005, but will always be a OSU Beaver at heart. She then went on to get her Masters in Education at University of Portland.
Carolyn has been interested in teaching ever since her first experience as a high school counselor at outdoor school at age 16. She continued to have more teaching experiences by working in camps as a naturalist, camp counselor, and science instructor. Whether she was tying knots, lighting fires, launching rockets, or building Lego towers she was teaching. She received her first ‘real’ job teaching 8th grade science at Reynolds Middle School. Then Carolyn was lucky enough to teach for a year at a bilingual school in central Taiwan.
When not teaching Carolyn enjoys playing sports, especially dragon boating. She has been practicing and competing for the last 6 years. She enjoys other outdoor activities like camping, biking, and hiking. To relax and unwind Carolyn works on puzzles and builds with Legos. She loves sushi, coffee, and chocolate. She lives with her amazing wife and young son. Both of whom she is blessed to have in her life and make her a better person.
Middle School Language Arts
Ally, born and raised in California, spent much of her time growing up outside playing in the woods. She spent so much of her youth backpacking, hiking, camping, and exploring nature, that when she moved to Oregon to attend college, she fell in love with it’s natural beauty. Ally attended college at Southern Oregon University, in Ashland, where she studied Sociology and Gender Studies.
While in college, Ally involved herself in the local non-profit community as a volunteer, working with survivors of intimate personal violence. Once she earned her degree, she entered this field full-fledged and became an advocate for women and children living in shelters. For nine years she worked in the social service field in a variety of positions such as a: legal advocate, shelter manager, program coordinator, youth advocate, and community educator.
After nine years of envisioning a world free of domestic and sexual violence, Ally began exploring the idea of working in education, in hopes to work with youth to create change. Her favorite moments as a community educator came from discussing pertinent social issues in classroom communities around Portland. She began her path into education by entering Lewis and Clark College’s Masters in Teaching Program.
After student teaching at a Beaverton middle school seventh grade Humanities class, and receiving her degree, Ally knew that working with middle school students was the perfect fit for her. She is honored to have found an opportunity to work with Trillium students, teaching Language Arts in the Middle School Program.
Outside of the classroom, Ally spends most of her time with her three amazing children, her supportive partner Matt, and their two rambunctious dogs. Ally is still active in the community as a volunteer and activist in the non-profit field, as well as a youth soccer coach. Still an avid lover of the natural world, Ally spends as much time as she can camping, hiking, and swimming in Oregon’s rivers and lakes. Her ideal day would be sitting in the woods, next to a campfire, reading a book, with coffee in her hand.
Steve was born and raised in a small town in Upstate New York. He graduated from Hamilton College with a degree in Political Science then spent a few years working in the Outdoor Education field. He worked at an Outdoor School in New Hampshire then spent a year at a boarding school teaching and guiding trips in the White Mountains of Northern New Hampshire.
After stints working in California and Colorado he started a graduate program in Experiential Education in Minnesota before finally settling down in Portland to earn his MAT from Lewis & Clark College. Since graduating Steve has taught 8th grade at Catlin Gabel and 7th and 8th grade at Wood Middle School in Wilsonville. When not teaching, Steve loves spending time outside. In the summers you will see him riding his bike and training for triathlons, as well as rock climbing, kayaking and backpacking with his partner and beloved pooch Eddy.
Autumn means cyclocross and winters are spent backcountry skiing. Steve lives in North Portland and any other free time is spent with friends, coaching on a triathlon team, in the garden and kitchen or just relaxing at a coffee shop.
It was in middle school that Kelley began to feel anxious about math. Being taught algorithms and formulae, from fractions, onward, he slowly slipped behind. It wasn’t until much later in his career as a student that a great teacher helped him realize that not only could he do math, but he enjoyed it as well. Based on this background, he approaches math in the classroom with the intention of connecting content with meaning, and emphasizing a hands-on approach to build intuitive understanding before teaching the algorithms which stymied his own math sense at that age.
Growing up in Southern Oregon, Kelley has enjoyed immersing himself in other cultures and languages. During his undergraduate program at Southern Oregon University, he lived in Germany and worked at a newspaper. Moving to Portland after school, he later moved to Japan to teach English. Enjoying this experience, he taught there for four years before returning to SOU where he earned a master’s degree and a teaching license.
Now back in Portland, Kelley brings a range of interests and hobbies with him that he looks forward to sharing with his students. Currently, he teaches an after-school Japanese language program.