Learning Specialists


Jeremy Lo
K-5 Learning Specialist
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“Education is freedom” – Paulo Freire

I was born on the tiny, big island of Singapore and raised as a third culture kid for most of life traveling from country to country and city to city. What this instilled in me is a very deep wanderlust that has remained with me to this day. After I graduated from the University of Scranton (Yes, the Office.) with a B.S. in Elementary Education and an M.S. in Special Education, I moved to sunny South Florida where I taught at a private boarding school as a special educator. While I loved Florida, the traveling bug bit once again and I moved to D.C. where I also went to Johns Hopkins to work on another M.S. in Literacy that would also lead into a Ph.D. What this really led to was a recruitment from the T3 Network to work for the city of Boston in turning around its failing schools as a Teach Plus Leader.  (Did I mention that I like to travel?) What finally led me to Portland was an overnight stay in the city as I was traveling to Juneau to visit my parents who live in Alaska. I instantly fell in love with the weird culture and vibe, and I knew that I had to move to this amazingly quirky place. So I did!

William Olson

6-12 Learning Specialist

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I was born and raised in Duluth, MN, an outdoor paradise where I learned to love canoeing, fishing, trail running, and Mt. biking. I was inspired to get into teaching by my father, a high school shop teacher who really knew how to connect with students, especially those struggling within the “box” that education so often puts kids in.

After obtaining my first degree in Secondary Teaching English, I took off for Japan with the JET program and spent eight years living out in the countryside, immersing myself in that amazing culture, climbing Mt. Fuji,learning a new language, trying raw whale meat (I’m a vegetarian, but had to do it once), and amassing ridiculous amounts of Japanese pottery.
I moved to Portland with my Japanese wife in 2006, subbed for a bit (one of my first sub days was at Trillium), entered the Special Education Masters program at PSU, and soon after landed a job at Madison High School. I also spent one year at MLC downtown, where my seven year old son is a student.
Six years later,  I am excited to help students succeed in a creative, experimental, student-centered environment that can help them learn about themselves and the world in different ways.
I enjoy running, cycling, camping, and listening to jam bands. I’m also just beginning to learn fly fishing.