Herb Jahncke has been working with kids since before the turn of the century. He begin in 1990 working in an outdoor school in Virginia, taking kids rock climbing, spelunking, canoeing, hiking and more. After that it was time to put the biology degree from Rollins College to work. He moved to Catalina Island to work with students, 2nd grade through high school, in another outdoor school environment. This time he taught marine biology and island ecology while snorkeling, kayaking and hiking with groups of students. In 1993, he moved to Portland to attend the Lewis & Clark M.A.T program, where he met Maya, and they married seven years later. His first indoor teaching position began in 1994 at the Neskowin Valley School, located on the Oregon coast, where he taught a small class of 3rd & 4th graders. After 8 years, it was time to move to Seattle, WA and teach at the Bertschi School, teaching a 3rd grade class for 5 years. Chloe, his first child, was born in 2004. He has been working at Catlin Gabel since 2007, when his son Justin was born. He taught for four years in 2nd grade and has been teaching in the 3rd grade classroom since the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year.
Marcelle Donehower has worked with kids in a range of ages and capacities for several years. During college she worked as a backpacking camp counselor hiking hundreds of miles of trails with kids in northern California. After graduating from Lewis & Clark College with a BA in Environmental Studies and a minor in Political Science she pursued experiences working in education. She began her career as an AmeriCorps volunteer where she was able to combine her love of kids and the outdoors working as an environmental educator in the West Linn-Wilsonville School District. After her AmeriCorps year ended, she continued to work as a science educator, garden coordinator and a tutor in the district until finally deciding it was time for her to have her own classroom. She earned her M.A.T. at Lewis and Clark College while interning at Catlin Gabel. After earning her masters, she worked at an environmental science charter school in a blended fourth and fifth grade classroom. She is excited to return to Catlin and to reconnect with its wonderful community of students, parents, and staff. Marcelle lives in Portland with her husband Jonathan and she enjoys being active and exploring the great outdoors.
Leslie Hillman has roamed the Catlin Gabel campus for over 18 years. First as a high school student, then later as a substitute teacher, summer program instructor and T.A. She graduated from Linfield College with a B.A. in Physical Education and a K-12 teaching certificate. Her first year teaching was at a boarding school in Monterey, California. She then returned to Portland and put her PE degree to use at the YMCA. She moved on from the Y to work at Friendly House, a social service agency in NW Portland. She worked in may different capacities there before hearing about an opening at Catlin. She enjoys being a part of this community. When not on campus she like to hike, bike, bake and read.
Teacher Candidates from University of Portland:
Colin Laing (Fall Placement - Sept. - Nov.) & Emmarose McDermott (Primary Placement: Nov - June)