“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!
6-12 Learning Specialist
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.