MEET THE IVY SCHOOL STAFF

These are the amazing people who make The Ivy School so special

PRESCOTT CAMPUS

Lower Elementary, grades 1, 2, 3 and Middle School grades 7 and 8

Amy Stuhr

Amy Stuhr

Campus Support Coordinator

Hello!  My name is Amy Stuhr.  I am looking forward to my fifth year at Ivy and my fourth in a student support/campus support role. I cherish this community of talented educators, curious, creative, loving children and supportive parents, guardians, grandparents, aunts and uncles.  I worked in alternative education, charter education, at Portland  Community College and at Jefferson High School before landing at Ivy.

I graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor’s Degree in General Studies and found my way to Oregon in 1989. I worked in the non-profit sector until my daughter was born in 1996. In my freetime, I enjoy watching my twin boys play baseball at Madison High School and doing anything outside, especially if it involves water!

Cassondra Salazar

Cassondra Salazar

Administrative Specialist

My name is Cassondra Salazar and I have been at Ivy for almost 9 years. I have 4 children, ages 47,46,22, and a 14 year old who graduated from Ivy last year. I am from Albuquerque New Mexico.
I have worn many hats at Ivy, from preparing lunches, driving kids from  one campus to the next, Ivy After School, covering for office staff, toy drive, graduations, Equity Team. There are not to many things that I haven’t done at Ivy. My grandson took his first steps at Ivy while I was doing childcare for the P.T.A.
I am looking forward to meeting new parents and children this year.
Meredith Peters

Meredith Peters

Lead Teacher, Lower Elementary, Broadway Classroom

Greetings, dear Ivy School Community! My name is Meredith, and I am the lead guide in the Broadway Bridge Classroom, a Lower Elementary Community at our Prescott Campus. As a native Portlander, I am thrilled to welcome new and old friends to the Pacific Northwest and help share all of the incredible enrichment opportunities it has to offer our students and their families. Growing up in Inner Southeast, my family nurtured hands-on, deeply creative experiences and intrinsic values of human equality, independence, and confidence. I am excited to pass these important life experiences on to our students at The Ivy school. I began working with elementary children in 2002, when as a young teenager I became an apprentice assistant at Willowbrook Arts Camp – which I attended from age three onward – a day camp in Tualatin.  In 2010, I completed my bachelor’s degree in music and psychology at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. While at Mount Holyoke, I continued to work with children in the arts by assisting the director of a local children’s chorus, and composing short choral literature for different groups to sing. I was also a member of four auditioned singing groups during my undergraduate career. Upon graduation from Mount Holyoke, I moved back to the Portland area and resumed work with children at Willowbrook as well as in local preschools. In 2012, I discovered Montessori Education through a long-time friend, and in 2013 earned my AMI Primary Diploma from Montessori Northwest in Portland. Concurrently, I also received my Master’s in Education from Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland. Between 2013 and 2015, I worked in Portland area Montessori schools as an assistant and lead Guide for children’s house classrooms. In the fall of 2015, I returned to Montessori Northwest to complete my AMI Elementary Diploma so that I could support the age group I know and love best – elementary children – in their Montessori education journeys. I received my AMI Elementary Diploma in 2016. For the 2016-17 school year, I worked with elementary students in a Montessori community in the South Bay Area of California. I am thankful to have returned home, my experiences from California allowing me to bring knowledge back to my work at The Ivy School. In my free time, I enjoy crafting of all sorts – especially embroidery, quilting, painting and basketry – taking long walks and hikes, and spending time with my family, friends, and cat – Hildegard. I continue to have a growing addiction to classical and choral music, and sing weekly with the local choral group, Cantores in Ecclesia.

Dakota Russell

Dakota Russell

Assistant Teacher, Lower Elementary, Broadway Classroom

Greetings students and families! My name is Dakota and I am so excited to begin another year as the Assistant Teacher in the Broadway Bridge classroom! Although I’m far away from home (having moved to Portland from New York City last year) the Ivy community feels like family.

As an Elementary student my favorite subject was recess. In the classroom I enjoyed writing and illustrating my own stories. As I got older I wrote more songs than stories and I eventually ended up at Sarah Lawrence College where I was able to major in songwriting, acting and general “silly-ness making” as a Performing Arts student. Once out of college I worked as a Teaching Artist for Elementary and Middle School students. I discovered the joy of a Montessori environment as an Assistant Teacher at a Montessori Preschool shortly before beginning at Ivy. I am currently pursing a Masters of Arts in Teaching at Concordia University. In my freetime I can be found riding my bike, making music or adventuring with my quirky dog, Rufus. I am happily looking forward to another year of exploring, making and learning together!

Paige Huggler

Paige Huggler

Lead Teacher, Lower Elementary, Morrison Classroom

Hello Ivy School Community! My name is Paige Huggler, and I am the lead guide in the Morrison Bridge Classroom (lower elementary). I am originally from Tacoma, Washington, and love the Pacific Northwest. I graduated in 2008 from George Fox University with a degree in Social Work and a minor in art, completed my elementary Montessori teacher training in 2013, the Montessori Adolescent Orientation in the summer of 2013, and received my Master’s in Education from Loyola University in 2014. I’ve worked with both adolescents and elementary students in Montessori settings, and appreciate and respect both stages of development. This summer I started training in Orton-Gillingham reading instruction, and am excited to use strategies I’ve learned in the classroom.

I am passionate about health and wellness, art, music, traveling, and the various stages of human development.  In my free time I enjoy yoga, gardening, playing video games, cooking, and working as a fitness coach.

Chris Howe

Chris Howe

Assistant Teacher, Lower Elementary, Morrison Classroom

Hi there! My name is Chris Howe and I am beginning my fourth year at Ivy, my third year as a part of the Morrison Bridge classroom. I was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana and moved to Portland from Kentucky in 2013. While pursuing studies in Graphic Design, my previous kitchen experience landed me a position directing the lunch program at Ivy. This role turned into directing the After School program, which then evolved into a full-time teaching position. It was a gift to become such a significant part of the teaching side of the school day, and my experience at Ivy continues to be rewarding in new ways each year.

When I’m not in the classroom I enjoy cooking, camping, drawing, playing music and spending time in my backyard with my partner and my two dogs. I love watching live comedy, my favorite musician is currently Paul Simon, and the book I read most as a kid was Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. I’m looking very forward to bringing my strengths and experiences to another full and fantastic year as a member of the Ivy community.

Crystal Miyamoto

Crystal Miyamoto

Lead Teacher, Lower Elementary, Sauvie Island Classroom

Hello!  My name is Crystal Miyamoto.  I am very excited to start my second year at the Ivy School as the Iead guide in the Sauvie Island classroom!  I am passionate about the Montessori philosophy and curriculum, and believe in it’s effectiveness wholeheartedly.  My general goal in the classroom is to foster a lifelong love of learning in my students and to guide each student to experience success and achieve his or her personal best.  I hold diplomas from the American Montessori Society (AMS) at both the lower and upper elementary levels, as well as state teaching licenses in Colorado and Oregon.  Since the year 2000, I have taught in Montessori classrooms in Colorado, Hawaii, and Oregon in both public and private sectors.  In addition to my teaching credentials, I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Japanese and Psychology.  I love sharing my knowledge and enthusiasm for the Japanese language and culture with my students!  

In my freetime, I enjoy bike rides and long walks.  I love animals (My mini-poodle, Denny, is my favorite!), travel, and learning about world cultures.  I spend my summers and school breaks in Hawaii with my daughter and granddaughter.  We enjoy experiencing live theater together and swimming in the ocean!

Elizabeth Jones

Elizabeth Jones

Assistant Teacher, Lower Elementary, Sauvie Island Classroom

Hello! My name is Elizabeth Jones and I am from Lima, Perú. I got my degree in Graphic Design in my country and I worked there for over ten years. Afterwards, when I emigrated to the United States, I discovered my passion for teaching both my culture and Spanish language. I started teaching private Math and Spanish classes in California, but when I moved to Oregon I received my training on the Montessori philosophy in a preschool where I soon became an Assistant Spanish Teacher. Two years later, I started teaching Spanish at the Ivy school, and I was also an Assistant Teacher.   In 2016, I passed my Orela test here in Oregon, which allows me to teach Spanish professionally in any school setting.  This made me very proud!

Currently, after almost 7 years of experience working inside the Montessori Philosophy, I feel so satisfied.  Learning new things every day and sharing my culture with all the Ivy staff, kids and families fulfills me.

I spend my free time with my son, traveling together, and during the summer we visit our family in Perú.  I also enjoy dancing and cooking all types of food!

 

Julie Weiss

Julie Weiss

Lead Teacher, Lower Elementary, St. John's Classroom

Hello, my name is, Julie Weiss.  My philosophy of education is that every child should have equal opportunity to learn.  I believe through building strong relationships with my students and learning about the world around us my classroom will be one of inspiration, kindness, and respect.  I am very excited to be returning to The Ivy School for my second year in the St. John’s classroom.  I moved to Portland in 2010 to attend the Montessori Institute Northwest where I received my AMI Primary diploma. Soon thereafter, I earned her Master’s of Education from Loyola University Maryland.  After graduation I spent four years working in a Montessori Primary environment.  In 2015, I decided to further my education by earning my Masters in the Arts of Teaching, at the elementary level, from Concordia University.  I received her B.A. in Theater in 2005 from San Francisco State University. I have spent my summers as a Camp Counselor at the Oregon Zoo and Tryon Creek Nature Day Camp.  When I am not working, I love spending time with my family, friends, and my sweet dog Shaya.  I  also really enjoy hiking, yoga, dancing, reading and traveling.

Richele Baldock

Richele Baldock

Assistant Teacher, Lower Elementary, St John's Classroom

 

My name is Richele Baldock.  I have a Bachelor of Art degree in Human Service from Southern Oregon University.  My degree is an interdisciplinary degree with an emphasis in Sociology and Psychology.  I worked for Portland Public Schools Head Start program as an education assistant for 6 years working with 3-5 year olds.  This will be my second year with The Ivy School.    I am fascinated with a child’s ability to live in the moment and I enjoy their energy and enthusiasm.  I am passionate about helping every child learn and love to read.  I have spent over 40 hours in additional trainings over the past two years in identifying and cultivating opportunities for children to read.  I look forward to being with your child in our St. John’s classroom and getting to know each of you as our classroom family.  In my spare time I like to bike, camp, hike, read and walk with my partner of 20 years Valance, our 11 year old son Santi and our fur babies Zeus the cat and Bart the dog.

 

Travis Eddy

Travis Eddy

Lead Teacher, Middle School, Fremont Classroom

It feels so exciting to say that I am beginning my fifth year with the Ivy Middle School Program!  I have really enjoyed spending the past four years working with four very different groups of students across both campuses.  I received my Masters in Teaching from Lewis & Clark College in the area of integrated science.  While science will always be my first love, I also enjoy working with students in the humanities, and integrating curriculum across subject areas.

What I love most about Ivy is having the ability to really get to know each student and work with them to create meaningful learning experiences, and provide individualized opportunities to show what they know.  This connection with students is something that I have not experienced in other settings, and makes teaching more fun as well as more effective.  Of course, the opportunity to spend lots of time out in the world, and engage students with projects helps too.

When I’m not teaching, I mostly enjoy spending time with my three-year-old daughter.  With any time that is leftover, I like to grow vegetables, scour the wild for rocks, and pet cats.

Jenny Edwards

Jenny Edwards

Lead Teacher, Middle School, Fremont Classroom

 

Hello! My name is Jenny Edwards and I am excited to start another year at The Ivy School! I was born and raised in Eugene, OR, where I graduated from Churchill High School and Eugene International High School. I then went on to the University of Oregon, where I graduated with my Masters in Education. I moved up to Portland in 2007 to be with my husband, and I began substitute teaching throughout Portland Public Schools. Within a couple months I was hired on to teach middle school math at the Young Men’s Academy housed at Jefferson High School. With the closing of the program, I was transferred to da Vinci Arts Middle School, where I taught 7th and 8th grade math, as well as a math enrichment class. My husband and I started our family and I spent time working at a Montessori preschool, and then started my own in-home childcare business, where I was fortunate to be home with my kids while they were young. Once they started school, I began working as a substitute teacher, so that I could have a flexible schedule and volunteer at their school. The next school year I found Ivy, where I teach middle school math and work with some of the most amazing students around! I also spent the last few years coaching volleyball at Madison High School, as well as for their middle school program. I am taking a break from coaching this year because our family’s schedule is getting so busy!

My husband, De Angelo, is an Educational Assistant within the Parkrose School District, and also coaches football at Madison High School. Our son, DJ (De Angelo Jr.) is in 3rd grade, and our daughter, Amira, is in 2nd grade. They are in the Spanish Immersion program down the street at Harvey Scott School. I am also the PTA President there. I enjoy spending my free time with my family; going to the arcade, being outdoors, hiking, camping, riding bikes, swimming, gardening, and working on projects around the house. I’m looking forward to a great year at The Ivy School!

 

Bobby Janowiak

Bobby Janowiak

Assistant Teacher, Middle School, Fremont Classroom

 

Hi, my name is Bobby Janowiak and I am returning as an assistant teacher in the Fremont middle school classroom. I am originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan and hold a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Michigan State University. My first foray into the teaching world was teaching ESL in South Korea for 6 years. Upon returning to the US, I wanted to continue staying in the teaching world so I am currently working on obtaining my teaching certificate now.  In my current role at the Ivy school, I look forward to coming into school each day and establishing a positive and nurturing relationship for our young adults to flourish and thrive. Through consistent guidance and providing a safe environment that encourages questioning and creative thinking, I hope our middle school students acquire the skills and ability to continually progress their learning.

In my free time, I glide across water on a board with a giant kite, view otherworldly landscapes under water with scuba gear, experience different cultures and ways of life with my backpack, TRY to make sweet music with my guitar, and go on trail runs with my husky/direwolf named Juneau. My favorite curry is Massaman, and I haven’t had a soda beverage in 6 years.

 

Francis Kanach

Francis Kanach

Ivy After School Prescott

 

Hello Ivy community!  This is my second year teaching with the Ivy After School program and my fourth as an Ivy parent.  I’m excited everyday to work with the wonderful Ivy School students after their day’s classes when I can support, guide and nurture their creative selves. I especially enjoy holding patient space with the students while they explore and grow. I was born in New Jersey, the oldest of 4 boys. I grew up in Northern Virginia and Washington DC. I am an Industrial Design graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.  Following an exciting 13 year career as the Interactive Media Director for an award-winning boutique corporate communications company in Washington DC, I shifted focus towards art and using my superpowers for good. Getting back to work with tangible, natural materials, I co-founded Snowday Design to make up-cycled wool felt sweater coats, accessories and home decor to sell at local art markets.  Trading the outward facing hustle of Washington DC I moved with my partner and son Zyggy to Portland a few years ago to learn and teach and design.  Creating murals and sculpture and drawing and I love art in all of it’s creative forms. I am is also an outdoor primitive skills instructor, fascinated by the incredible biology of Cascadia and how we can appreciate and interact with it in our lives. Many weekends and summer nights find me camping and enjoying our beautiful outdoors. At Trackers summer camps I have combined these skills with collaborative storytelling, problem solving and improvisation in their Live Action Role Playing camps. I enjoy being outside whenever I can, frequenting the Oregon coast state parks and beaches or the many excellent local parks. Slow down and look around.

McLean Cannon

McLean Cannon

Ivy After School Prescott

 

Hello Ivy, I’m McLean Cannon. I’m from  from Juneau, Alaska originally and I graduated from the University of Oregon in 2015 with a B.A. in Journalism and Communication. Upon graduation, I spent a year volunteering in Cleveland, Ohio through Jesuit Volunteer Corps. During my year in Cleveland, I worked at a community center, serving homeless populations. I coordinated an expressive arts program, taught classes in an employment clinic, and worked with youth in the women and children’s shelter. After completing my year of service, I hiked a 300 mile section of the Appalachian trail, with four friends, followed by a 12 week/14,000 mile-road trip around America, before settling in Oregon. I moved to Portland in early February and I am planning to pursue my Masters in Elementary Education at Portland State next year. I am excited to join the team at The Ivy School and have really enjoyed getting to know the students in Ivy After School at Prescott.

Genevieve Kukurugya-Rabaut

Genevieve Kukurugya-Rabaut

Ivy After School Prescott

 

Hi there! My name is Genevieve Kukurugya-Rabaut. I am so happy to join the Ivy School this year as an After School Teacher. I love working with kids, and I am excited to be involved in the Ivy School community! Originally from Michigan, I lived in France for a year after I finished school, and then moved to Portland two years ago. I have a bachelor’s degree in Visual Art and French, with a minor in Art History, and I have spent the past few years working with youth as a nanny, teaching assistant and after school art teacher.

I spend my free time making art – sewing, painting, printmaking, etc., doing yoga, spending time with plants, practicing French, and going to the ocean as much as I possibly can! I also love being outside, reading and listening to music.

MORRIS CAMPUS

Upper Elementary, grades 4, 5, 6

Stephanie (Efi) Flood

Stephanie (Efi) Flood

Interim Campus Support Coordinator - Morris

Hello! My name is Stephanie Flood (also known as Efi). Since joining the Ivy team in 2012, I have worked as a lead teacher, lower elementary assistant, substitute teacher, as well as assisted with Ivy After School and various other programs. I am thrilled to be back at Ivy in yet another capacity.

My initial degree was a Bachelor of Science in Education from Central Michigan University with a major in Spanish and minors in Language Arts, Mathematics and Planned Program. I earned my Lower Elementary Montessori certificate while teaching at Ivy. Aside from my time at Ivy, I have worked with students from preschool up through the university level. I have taught many subject areas in many settings (and in 3 states!). I have worked in alternative education, special education, gifted programs, a private Montessori school, and public schools.
As a child, I attended a Montessori school in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida called Sunshine Tree. It was a lovely little school with horses and a field around it where I would gather buttercups on class nature walks. This is where my love of learning and exploring stems from.
Along with my love of learning and exploring, I have a passion for travel. While in college, I had the opportunity to live and study in both Chile and Spain to complete my major. I spent 2015-2016 school year traveling abroad with my husband and young son. We had the opportunity to visit the small village in Indonesia that my grandfather-in-law was from, as well as his family throughout other islands in Indonesia. We visited friends in Beijing, and we made friends up and down the coast of Vietnam. I hope to instill this love of travel and exploration in my son.

Ellen Tennant

Ellen Tennant

Administrative Specialist

Bio coming soon!

Ray Luongo

Ray Luongo

Lead Teacher, Upper Elementary, Hawthorne Classroom

Greetings Ivy families! My name is Ray Luongo, and I am the Lead Guide in the Hawthorne Bridge classroom. I have been happily married to my partner Carolyne for 27 years! I am originally from Brooklyn, NY, where as a teenager I launched my first career as a chef. In my early 20s, I received my Associate in Applied Sciences for hospitality management from the New York City College of Technology, and went on to work as a chef in New York City, Northern Italy and then Chicago. I began my second career teaching elementary age children when I lived in Madison, WI, where I founded a Taekwon-Do school for children. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work with diverse and vulnerable populations, teaching kids life skills and empowering them using Taekwon-Do as a vehicle. While in Madison, I began my formal education in teaching at Edgewood College, while working in special education in an inner city elementary school, and teaching TAG camps for the University of Wisconsin.  We relocated to Portland mainly because of the weather, and the profound beauty of the Northwest! When we moved here in 2007, I continued my studies at Concordia University, where I received my BA in Curriculum and Instruction, my M.Ed. and a literacy endorsement. Along with my partner, I now run a community based Martial Arts program at three schools in Northeast Portland. I am so excited to begin my FOURTH year at The Ivy School! I am looking forward to an engaging and fun year working with your children and helping them to learn and grow. Let’s do this!

Cibyl Kavan

Cibyl Kavan

Assistant Teacher, Upper Elementary, Hawthorne Classroom

 

Hello everyone, my name is Cibyl Kavan and this is my first year as the assistant in the Hawthorne Class on the Morris Street campus. I have a BA in Literature from the University of Oklahoma and have 20 years of arts training in an apprenticeship model learning drawing, painting, textiles, site specific installation work as well as physical theater and clown. While raising my children I worked primarily as a free-lance artist and then returned to school in 2007 for my AMI  Montessori Primary certificate at Montessori Institute Northwest. I received  my M.Ed. in Montessori from Loyola University in 2010. I am also a Young Audiences and Lincoln Center trained Teaching Artist and have been teaching art to children and adults throughout the Portland area in private and public schools and community settings in classes, workshops, and residencies for over 15 years. I’m excited to be at the Ivy School and bring both my Montessori and arts teaching experience to our community.

When I’m not at school, I am passionate about working in my native habitat certified garden, yoga, qi gong, Zen meditation, travelling to Santa Fe to visit my mom’s, reading science books, cooking, tea ceremony and hosting my AirBnb cottage.

 

Amy Hutchinson

Amy Hutchinson

Lead Teacher, Upper Elementary, Ross Island Classroom

Hi!  My name is Amy Hutchinson, and I’m thrilled to be joining the Ivy community this year as the guide in the Ross Island classroom.   

My career in Montessori began as a 3 year old, when I attended Sun Garden Montessori School in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  I wasn’t lucky enough to attend a Montessori elementary program, but greatly enjoyed my experience in public elementary, middle and high schools before joining the Scots at Macalester College for my undergraduate degrees in Environmental Science and Geography.  There, I spent most afternoons on the soccer field, but also took full advantage of opportunities to do field work via dogsled in Northern Minnesota and by boat in the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador, satisfying my appreciation and love of travel, meeting new people, sharing food with friends and napping in the sunshine.

I found my way back into the Montessori world after two years teaching at an outdoor education program on the Northern California coast, a job that fed my academic interests in science and my personal passions for exploring the outdoors and working with children.  I began work as an assistant in a private Montessori school in Portland in 2010, and then took a year off to complete the Elementary training at the Montessori Institute Northwest and Masters degree in Education from Loyola University of Maryland in 2012.  Since returning to the classroom, I’ve enjoyed co-teaching, collaborating and lead guiding a large and dynamic upper elementary classroom with many incredible educators, and am so excited about the connections, community and year ahead at Ivy.

Raquel Hugo

Raquel Hugo

Assistant Teacher, Upper Elementary, Ross Island Classroom

Greetings Ivy Community, my name is Raquel Hugo. I was born and raised in the Saguaro Desert of Arizona where my passion for nature and a lifelong love of learning, creative expression and cultural appreciation was sparked. From an early age I recognized the immeasurable value of creating safe expressive space and recognized a dream to be an inspiration teacher was born. I had a wonderful teacher in my life who simply said, “Great teachers are artists, never struggle to reconcile the two!” I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where I pursued an individualized Bachelors in Fine Arts from The California College of the Arts in Studio Art Education and Intercultural Creativity Based Learning. My studies there were in collaboration with Mills College of Education, Reggio Emilio Innovative Teacher Program which clarified my devotion to be a small school educator. The birth of my daughter in 2005 inspired a move to the Portland area where I was able to focus on her throughout her formative years and then continue my studies of creativity in education through Art Therapy at Merylhurst University. Today I serve as the Assistant Guide in the Ross Island classroom at our Morris Campus as well as Ivy After School Coordinator for our whole community. This is my 7th year as an Ivy school parent and my 3rd year in the classroom. I look forward to what this year may bring for us all!

 

Sara MacRae

Sara MacRae

Lead Teacher, Upper Elementary, Sellwood Classroom

Hello, My name is Sara MacRae and I am so excited to be starting my third year as the lead teacher in the Sellwood Classroom.

I discovered Montessori as a very young child and continued through the sixth grade. After finishing middle and high school at conventional school, I attended Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA and continued my education at Montessori Northwest in Portland and Loyola University in Maryland. I received my Primary (3-6 year olds) Montessori training in 2010 and my Elementary (6-12 year olds) training along with my masters in 2013. I have worked at the primary level as a classroom assistant and as an outdoor enrichment guide and as both a lower and upper elementary teacher. I have spent the last two summers in a continuing education course about how to best serve, and include, students with special needs in a Montessori environment.

When I am not in the classroom I enjoy writing fiction and poetry, knitting, sewing, cooking, reading books and exploring my renewed interest in tap dancing.

Christine Rodrigues

Christine Rodrigues

Assistant Teacher, Upper Elementary, Sellwood Classroom

Hello! My name is Christine Rodrigues. After graduating high school in 2009, I went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in education and sociology from Portland State University. I have worked at Ivy in different capacities since 2013 and this will be my third year at the Ivy School as an assistant teacher.  I also have experience with working with pre-K students. I have a huge passion for working with children and especially enjoy teaching history and writing.

Outside of school, I love to crochet, exercise, cook, read, and hang out with my friends. I enjoy trying new restaurants, hiking, traveling, and discovering new cultures. I am also heavily involved in supporting marginalized demographics through volunteer work.

Melissa Warren

Melissa Warren

Lead Teacher, Upper Elementary, Steel Classroom

Hello! I am Melissa Warren, and I am so excited to be returning for my third year at Ivy! Working here has been an incredible growth and learning opportunity, and such a positive experience. I am thrilled to welcome back my returning students and meet my new students in the Steel Classroom!

I have been teaching and working with children since 1998. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Teaching Certificate in Music Education, grades K-12. For 12 years, I taught public school general music classes, piano classes, and music and movement classes for toddlers, preschoolers, and their caregivers. During this time, I led numerous educator workshops showing how to incorporate music and movement into the general education environment. In 2010, I earned my Masters in Teaching Degree in Elementary Education, along with a Certificate in Gifted Education from Pacific University.  I have since taught in early childhood Montessori education, Lower Elementary, and Upper Elementary classes. I love to merge all these worlds into my current class: freedom of movement, inspired by Montessori as well as my music/movement background and freedom of choice and respect to the individual, inspired by Montessori and informed by my Gifted Education studies. I am so excited to be returning to Ivy for my third year!

I grew up in rural Kentucky (child of two music educators), and have lived in Oregon with my spouse and two children for most of the last 15 years (there was that brief return to Kentucky in 2011; you can ask me for that story sometime). I absolutely love camping and hiking here in Oregon, and return to work each fall full of new adventures to share!

Aleisha DeFilipo

Aleisha DeFilipo

Assistant Teacher, Upper Elementary, Steel Classroom

I was initially drawn to Montessori education because this methodology respects the individual pace of each student, teaches respect and kindness, nurtures the child as a whole, and is an energetic, productive and empowering work environment. I began teaching 18 years ago and have assisted at all levels from Children’s House to Middle School. This will be my 5th year at The Ivy School.

I studied Art Therapy and Art Education at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, I attended the Art Institute of Portland with a focus in Apparel Design, studied Massage Therapy at East West College of Healing Arts and am a Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. I enjoy sharing my love of the Arts with children and adults and have taught private and group art classes throughout my life.

I grew up on a small farm in Eastern Connecticut and have a lifelong love for gardening. When I am not in the classroom I can be found making art with my wife and daughter, reading (I have met my goal of reading 100 novels a year for the last 3 years!) or listening to podcasts while I’m taking care of our gardens.

Morie Williams

Morie Williams

Ivy After School Morris

 

Bio coming soon!

Tish Bravo

Tish Bravo

Ivy After School Morris

 

My name is Tish Bravo and I’m a new staff member of the Ivy After School Team. I
worked for many years as a writer and producer in documentary television,
primarily for National Geographic and PBS. My love of learning and travel led me to
cover many subjects from the founding of the Taos Art Colony to the science behind
the spread of the swine flu pandemic. My portfolio also includes series like “Unlikely
Animal Friends” and “The Incredible Dr. Pol” tailored to educate a family audience.
While in New York City, I taught a series of youth documentary workshops and have
spent summers doing arts programming for a residential youth camp. I hold a B.A.
in Literature from Yale University.
In my free time, I love to garden. This year we tried Brussels sprouts for the first
time, which almost worked…I’m also the handyman for our old house, patching
walls and laying tiles with the help of youtube videos. Best of all I love a summer
evening camping in our faithful VW bus with my husband and two stepkids as we
continue our never-ending quest to build the perfect s’more.
Matt Voedisch

Matt Voedisch

Garden Teacher

Hello! My name is Matthew Voedisch and I am fortunate to be on the staff as a Garden Educator and Garden Coordinator.  I was brought to this wonderful team of people to build a garden and begin a garden education program for the Ivy School.  The garden program began the 2014 – ’15 school year. As a community we have accomplished much!  
We are 1 of 3 schools in all of Portland to have a school garden that has reached Platinum Status in the Backyard Habitat Program. We have also completed our 3rd annual Farm to Fork Event this school year, will begin our Honey Bee Program this spring, and have been recipients of several school garden grants. 
Our education program has 3 core focuses; Montessori Botany Lessons, introduction to herbology, and community outreach.  I attempt to have most of the learning take place kinesthetically.   
Here are some of my qualifications: I graduated with honors from the North American Montessori Center as a Montessori Instructor. I also obtained advanced certifications in teaching children Permaculture as well as certifications in Permaculture design. Currently, I am enrolled in the Learning Herbs program which I will complete by the end of the school year. I find myself constantly hungry for learning and reading as many books and articles as I can get my hands on. 
I have worked with youth for the past nine years and have found that I am truly happy engaging with them on an everyday basis. I love sports, board games, backpacking and hiking, learning new skills, growing my own food and herbs, and mostly just laughing.  

DUAL CAMPUS STAFF

Ivy superheroes who help at both campuses

Jillian Droste

Jillian Droste

Bookeeper

Hello lovely Ivy people! I am enjoying my fifth year at Ivy and fourth year working with the incredible office staff. At Ivy just one day a week, I also work independently as a Spanish medical translator and interpreter. My partner and I moved to Portland almost five years ago to venture outside of our Kentucky comfort zones and found ourselves immediately and warmly embraced by the Ivy community. Since then, Ivy has continued to play a great role in this Pacific Northwest experience with its persistent ability to attract some of Portland’s brightest, kindest, and most inspiring people. Outside of work, I enjoy practicing yoga, hiking, reading, gardening, and snuggling with my two dogs.

Anne O'Neal

Anne O'Neal

Senior Administrative Assistant

My name is Anne O’Neal. This is my ninth year at Ivy!  I am excited to move behind the scenes this year as Senior Administrative Assistant. I started as a parent volunteer and have served the community as a PTA officer, Board member, and most recently as Morris Campus Support Coordinator. My oldest son graduated from Ivy last year and my younger son is in Upper Elementary.
I have just completed my first year of medical herbalism training and am looking forward to delving deeper in the coming months. In my free time you can find me working in the garden, hiking, camping, or baking. I love making things and spending time outside.  It’s my favorite when those two things come together and I can make something with plants I’ve grown in my garden!

WANT TO JOIN OUR TEAM?

The Ivy School is currently accepting applications for the 2017-18 school year for Lead Teachers and Assistants in Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, and Middle School.

Please submit your resume along with a letter of interest.

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MORE ABOUT IVY SCHOOL FOR INTERESTED APPLICANTS

The Ivy School is an innovative public Montessori Charter School in Northeast Portland, Oregon serving students in grades 1 – 8.

The Ivy School employs Lead Teachers, Assistant Teachers, Substitute Teachers, and After School Program Teachers.

Enrollment in The Ivy School is by lottery each spring. We enroll students from diverse backgrounds, including students with extensive Montessori experience as well as students with no Montessori experience whatsoever. We enroll students with special needs and students in Special Education with Individualized Education Plans.

Every student of The Ivy School will be given equal educational opportunities regardless of age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, religion, color, national origin, disability and marital status. The Ivy School may not limit student admission based on ethnicity, national origin, race, religion, disability, gender, income level, proficiency in English language or athletic ability, but may limit admission to students within a given age group or grade level.

Teaching at The Ivy School requires flexibility and willingness to individualize instruction for all learners. Assistant Teachers work cohesively with Lead Teachers, and Assistants and Leads work collaboratively with teaching teams across grade levels.

As a public school we are required to meet all expectations for Oregon public schools, including teaching Common Core State Standards and participating in annual state testing.  All Ivy School teachers are expected to support public school requirements in the context of the Montessori teaching method. Specifically, they must help guide the child through self-directed activities, allowing the child to develop at his or her own pace. They are expected to foster, along with the lead teachers, a nurturing and stimulating non-competitive environment where students meet Oregon state standards for learning.

Ivy School teachers and assistants are required to adapt and work collaboratively with other teachers trained in various Montessori schools of teacher education including the International Montessori Council (IMC), the American Montessori Society (AMS), the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), Montessori Educational Programs International (MEPI), and the Pan American Montessori Society (PAMS).

Montessori Elementary training and an Oregon Teaching License are preferred but not required.

A criminal background check is required for all applicants, and fingerprinting may be required for some applicants. Employees who may have direct, unsupervised contact with students and who do not require a license or registration must be fingerprinted.

Also required of all applicants is a signed disclosure release authorizing former employers to release all information related to any substantiated reports of child abuse, sexual conduct under ORS 339.370, or crimes listed in ORS 342.143, including all related documents.

Interested applicants should email a letter of interest and resume to liz.caravaca@theivyschool.org.