Faculty and staff comings and goings

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We made several staffing changes shortly after the September All-School News was published. Please welcome our new teachers and staff members, and join us in saying a fond farewell to departing people.

Beginning School
Kindergarten teaching assistant Kinsey Scheller has been offered a kindergarten teaching position at Capital Hill Elementary in the Portland district. We are sad to say goodbye, but are excited for Kinsey to land her first teaching position since completing her MAT last spring.

Middle School
Steve Morris is the long-term substitute 8th grade history while David Ellenberg continues to recuperate from his ladder fall in June. Steve was an intern in David’s class last year and has an MAT from Lewis & Clark College, and a BA in government and environmental science from Hamilton College in New York. Steve has experience as an outdoor education instructor at the Dunn School in California, the White Mountain School in New Hampshire, and Hamilton College.

Andrew Steers is teaching one class in the 7th grade arts rotation. He has a BA in studio art and art history from Willamette University. He is an illustrator and comic book artist and has taught classes at the Boys & Girls Club, Young Rembrandts Art, Kids Art, and Community Day School Association.

Brendan Gill is teaching one class in the 8th grade arts rotation. Brendan has a BA in film production from Loyola Marymount University. For the past three years he has been a substitute teacher and a tutor at Catlin Gabel. Brendan also produces local films.

Outdoor Education
Outdoor education teachers Chris Potts and Olivia Miller ‘05 departed for exciting new opportunities. Chris will help build a climbing facility in Seattle. Olivia has accepted a year-round job as a naturalist in Grand Teton National Park. Thanks for your inspiration and leadership in the great outdoors!

David Zonana and Erin Goodling ’99 step in as interim outdoor education teachers.

David has a BA in biology from Bowdoin College in Maine. He has extensive training and experience in mountaineering, backpacking, sea kayaking, and rafting. During college he was an active leader in the outing club, where, after completing a 350-hour leadership-training course, he became the first freshman to lead and teach a leadership training expedition. David is involved in Portland’s Explorer Post 58 as an adult advisor and trip leader for citywide mountaineering and outdoor club activities for high school students. He has led or co-led 13 Catlin Gabel outdoor trips since 2006 and is certified as a wilderness first responder.

Erin has a BA in Spanish from the University of Portland, an MAT in language arts from Lewis & Clark College, and an English language learner certificate from Stanford University. Erin taught for the San Francisco Unified School District at Larkin Street Youth Services, where she taught interdisciplinary courses and started their outdoor program. She has led or co-led several Catlin Gabel outdoor trips. Erin has experience in climbing, backpacking, hiking, kayaking, and surfing. She was a contributing writer and editor of a curriculum guide for teachers called Sustainable Communities, with World Savvy, San Francisco. Erin will continue to tutor Middle and Upper School students.

Before and After-School Care
Galen Cobb joins the Before- and After-School Care team as a part-time teaching assistant. Galen is a recent graduate of Whitman College with a BA in sociology. He has served as a summer camp counselor and was involved with Breakthrough Collaborative (formerly Summerbridge) at Kent Denver School, where he was a teacher and special events coordinator.

Toad Hall
Sara Case is our new annual giving program director. Sara comes to us with fundraising experience as the resource development coordinator at Clackamas Community Land Trust and as the annual fund director at Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Sara has a BA in English from Lafayette College.

Mary Braun joins us as the interim assistant director of admission on October 18. Mary has a BA in elementary education from the University of St. Thomas and an MA in organizational leadership from St. Catherine University, both in St. Paul, Minnesota. She brings experience as director of admission at Mounds Park Academy (a progressive, independent, preschool through 12th grade school in St. Paul) and as director of enrollment services at St. Catherine University. Mary comes to Catlin Gabel from Minnesota's Metropolitan State University, where she is the director of student services.