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Beginning School Lower School Middle School Upper School Staff

Beginning School

Isaac Enloe, kindergarten teacher
Isaac came to CGS from Presidio Hill School in San Francisco, where he taught 5th grade and co-founded its LEAF Academy, which provides a cutting-edge environmental education program for middle school students. He taught preschool, pre-kindergarten, and kindergarten at Kyoto International School in Japan, and kindergarten and 5th grade at Blue Oak School in Napa, California. Isaac served as a 5th grade intern at Catlin Gabel while finishing his MAT in early childhood education from Lewis & Clark College. He earned his BA in religious studies from Carleton College, in Northfield, Minnesota.

Colleen Connolly, kindergarten teaching assistant
Colleen has been the 2nd grade intern at CGS for the past year, mentored by Herb Jahncke. Previously she was the summer parks activity director for Portland Parks & Recreation. In 2007 she taught a jewelry workshop to young women at a small artisan school in Khemisset, Morocco. Colleen holds a BA in art history from Pennsylvania State University and has studied abroad at Temple University in Rome. She recently completed an MAT at Lewis & Clark College.

Lower School

Back row, l to r: 1st grade TA Galen Cobb, 3rd grade TA Tenley Feltz,, 2nd grade teacher Dawn Sieracki, 4th grade teacher Keli Gump; third row: 1st grade teacher Rachel Brown; second row, l to r: 3rd grade intern Elisabeth Neely, 1st grade intern Elizabeth Johnson, math specialist Courtney Nelson, 5th grade intern Olivia Rush; front row, l to r: 2nd grade intern Kelly Nichols, learning specialist Courtney Nelson, 5th grade TA Meghan Fernald; not pictured: 4th grade intern Catherine Shaper 

Rachel Brown, 1st grade teacher

Before coming to CGS, Rachel taught 1st grade in the New York area at both the Bank Street Lab School for Children and the Community Roots Charter School. Rachel is fluent in Spanish and is currently training with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She earned an MA in general childhood and special education from Bank Street College, New York, and a BA in Spanish literature from Washington University.

Dawn Sieracki, 2nd grade teacher
Dawn moved to Portland from Key West, Florida, where she contributed to the opening of the Sigsbee Charter School and taught 2nd grade. She has taught kindergarten through 3rd grade for the past 14 years in Florida; Burbank, California; and St. Louis, Missouri. Dawn earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from Maryville University in St. Louis and a BA from Bradley University in Illinois.

Keli Ann Gump, 4th grade teacher
Keli came to CGS from Austin, Texas, where she was a 4th and 5th grade teacher at an independent school similar to Catlin Gabel. She has taught grades 3, 4, and 5 in Texas as well as Bellevue, Washington, and Daly City, California, for 16 years – and most of this time she has taught 4th grade, her favorite. She holds a MEd in curriculum and instruction from City University in Renton, Washington, and a BA in English from the University of San Francisco.

Courtney Nelson, part-time math specialist
Courtney was previously director of professional development for STEPS Mathematics, where she developed and led courses for educators in the U.S., U.K., and Australia. Her experience includes 12 years as a classroom teacher and instructional coordinator. Courtney led our preschool-grade 8 math teachers in two workshops in the past three years and enjoyed the professionalism and motivation of our teachers.

Lauren Burns, part-time learning specialist
Lauren comes to CGS from Naperville, Illinois, as a national board-certified teacher with seven years of teaching experience as a primary classroom teacher and reading specialist. She earned her master’s in reading and literacy from Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois.

Galen Cobb, 1st grade teaching assistant
Galen has been the after-school care assistant for the past year, working closely with the teacher to provide enrichment programs. Previously, he served as a camp counselor in Colorado, taught and coordinated special events with Breakthrough Collaborative at Kent Denver (similar to a Summerbridge program), and interned with America Reads/Counts, tutoring children and providing homework support. Galen holds a BA in sociology from Whitman College.

Tenley Feltz, 3rd grade part-time teaching assistant
Tenley has interned at Willamette Primary in 2nd grade and has been an assistant teacher in grades 3, 4, and 5. She earned an MAT from Lewis & Clark College and a BS in educational foundations, with a minor in special education, from the University of Oregon.

Meghan Fernald, 5th grade teaching assistant, after-school care staffer
Meghan comes to CGS from Telluride, Colorado, where she worked with students from kindergarten to third grade. She has volunteered at a permaculture farm and agricultural center in Nicaragua and has taught ESL to adults. She graduated magna cum laude from Western Washington University with a degree in environmental education.


Elizabeth Johnson, 1st grade
Elizabeth has volunteered for SMART and assisted in a 2nd and 4th grade classroom in an elementary school in Gladstone. She graduated from Marylhurst University with a BA in English literature and creative writing.

Kelly Nichols, 2nd grade
Kelly is originally from Hawaii and just graduated from Lewis & Clark College with a BA in psychology and a minor in art.

Elisabeth Neely, 3rd grade
Elisabeth has more than 14 years of experience working with students in grades K-12. For the past year she taught one day per week in a nature immersion program at local natural areas and farms. Before that she spent 11 years as the park naturalist and education program coordinator for Metro Regional Parks, teaching students and adults as well as instructing adult volunteers to lead environmental education programs for children. She has also served at Sunnyside Environmental School as a reading volunteer.

Catherine Schaper, 4th grade
Catherine has served as an ESL assistant in a classroom for K-5 students and taught illustration to grades 3-12 in a number of educational settings, including Saturday Academy and Oregon College of Art and Craft. She graduated from Colorado College with a BA in fine art and a minor in Spanish.

Olivia Rush, 5th grade
Olivia’s educational experience includes serving as an assistant at the Emerson School, providing support and assistance to classroom teachers, and as a special education para-educator in several local elementary schools, working one on one with students. She has volunteered with children in an orphanage in Peru and at an after-school care program in Ecuador. Olivia earned a BA in environmental studies from Vassar College.

Middle School

MS After-School Care supervisor Tiffany Kenaley, Middle School head Barbara Ostos, challenge course manager David Reich '80. Not pictured: math teacher Glenn Etter, 7th grade English intern Michael Larsen, and MS art intern Shelly Redden

Barbara Ostos, Middle School head
Before coming to CGS Barbara was the middle school dean at her own alma mater, Francis Parker School in San Diego, a school with many similarities to Catlin Gabel. She has been a teacher and administrator for 10 years, with responsibilities that included teaching history in 7th and 10th grades and serving as diversity coordinator. She developed a character education curriculum and led a board committee that did a positioning study for the school. Barbara’s family came to the U.S. from Cuba, and she is the first person in her family to attend college. She speaks fluent Spanish and French. Barbara expects to complete an EdD in educational leadership at the University of California, San Diego, this year. She earned an MA in nonprofit leadership and management from the University of San Diego, and an AB in government from Harvard University.

Glenn Etter, math
Everyone who became acquainted with Glenn when he was the long-term 8th grade English substitute last year knows he is a true Renaissance man. While he has a PhD in cultural anthropology from Berkeley and a BA from Chapel Hill in English (and was a Fulbright Scholar), he also graduated with the highest possible honors in math—and has won numerous national math achievement awards. Glenn’s previous experience includes teaching language arts at Vermont Commons School, along with science at Woodleaf Outdoor School and at the Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley.

Tiffany Kenaley, part-time assistant and supervisor of Middle School after-school care
Tiffany, parent of US students Rhythm and Kallisti, is well known at Catlin Gabel because of her work at school in both paid and volunteer positions during the past 13 years.

Cindy Murray, learning specialist (see below in Upper School)

David Reich '80, challenge course manager
David is a Catlin Gabel lifer who has been an active hiker, climber, mountaineer, and cyclist since early childhood. He made his first ascent of Mt. Hood with a Catlin Gabel group when he was 11 years old. He has worked as an engineering geologist for the U.S. Forest Service and in the private sector. He launched Oregon Geotechnical Services in 1994 and continues to provide consulting services to the construction industry. David holds an MS in geology from the University of Oregon and a BA in geology from Whitman College.


Michael Larsen, 7th grade English
Michael has more than nine years experience working with youth of all ages. Most recently, he was a program leader at Outdoor School. He earned a BA in journalism from the University of Minnesota and has dabbled in broadcast journalism.

Shelly Redden, MS art
Last year Shelly was a volunteer teacher and tutor at a school in Belize. During her summer holiday, she painted an educational 10x20-foot mural on the school wall. She has a BA in drawing, painting, and printmaking from Portland State University.

Upper School

L to r: MS & US learning specialist Cindy Murray, creative writing teacher Carl Adamshick, English teacher Paul Donohoe, math teacher Traci Kiyama, history teacher Dave Whitson, drama teacher Elizabeth Gibbs '04, Knight Family Scholars Program director Chad Faber. Not pictured: science teacher Kathryn Slothower.

Carl Adamshick, part-time creative writing teacher
Carl won the 2010 Walt Whitman Award and received an Oregon literary fellowship from Literary Arts. He is the William Stafford Archive writer in residence at Lewis & Clark College. Carl’s poetry and essays have been featured in Poetry-in-Motion, American Poetry Review, Harvard Review, Missouri Review, Tin House, Beloit Poetry Journal, American Poet, and Narrative.

Paul Donohoe, English teacher
Paul has taught English at Central Catholic High School for seven years. He completed his practicum at David Douglas High School and Athey Creek Middle School. In addition to teaching, Paul brings experience as a screenwriter. Paul earned an MPhil in Victorian literature from Oxford University and a BA in English and American literature from Harvard. He is completing an MAT licensure-only program through Marylhurst University in both English and math.

Chad Faber, Knight Family Scholars Program director & history teacher
Chad brings to Catlin Gabel a strong background in leadership, teaching, and coaching. He will work with the Upper School faculty this year to develop the Knight Family Scholars Program curriculum, and in the winter and spring he will initiate outreach efforts to attract students for the inaugural year of the program in 2012-13. He will also teach in the history department. Previously Chad was an admissions and financial aid officer at Harvard College, where he had admissions, recruitment, financial aid, and academic responsibilities including serving as a freshman academic advisor. Before working at Harvard he was an academic adviser and cross-country and track coach at the University of Notre Dame, a history teacher and coach at Taft School, a survival instructor for the U.S. Navy, and a Naval flight officer. He holds an MA in education and history from Brown University and a BS in business administration from Georgetown University, and was a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Navy Flight School. He received the Air Medal for achievements in the former Republic of Yugoslavia, and was recognized for distinguished service in three combat deployments to the Balkans and Iraq.

Elizabeth Gibbs '04, part-time drama teacher
Elizabeth Gibbs '04 served as a substitute teacher at Catlin Gabel in 2006 and 2010. She has extensive teaching, choreographing, and directing experience at the Northwest Children’s Theater, Bigfoot Arts Education in London, and here at Catlin Gabel, where she directed last year’s production of The Fantasticks. Elizabeth earned an MA in advanced theater practice from the Central School of Speech and Drama in London and a BA in theater performance from Scripps College.

Cindy Murray, learning specialist
Cindy brings 23 years of experience as an educational and learning and resource therapist to CGS. Since 2006 she has worked with several CGS students, and their families and teachers, formulating tutoring programs to further their academic success. Cindy has worked abroad in France and England, and in the U.S. in California, Florida, and Kentucky. She holds a master's in special education from Michigan State University and a BA in education from the University of Missouri.

Kathryn Slothower, science teacher
Kathryn returns to the Upper School science department after taking time off to start a family. She was born and raised on Oahu and is a Punahou School alumna. Kathryn graduated from Lewis & Clark College with a degree in biochemistry. During college, she studied in Spain, took classes at the University of Hawaii Medical School, and spent her senior year creating mutant strains of the parasite Leshmania.

Dave Whitson, history teacher
Before coming to CGS, Dave taught humanities at Tesseract School in Phoenix, Arizona, and has also taught history at the Overlake School and Lakeside School. He has created and led long-distance walking trips in Spain and Italy; educational trips in Poland, South Africa, Chile, and Argentina; and a service trip in Ghana. He was also faculty leader of a professional development trip to China. Dave earned an MEd in curriculum and instruction and a BA in history and comparative literature from the University of Washington.

Traci Kiyama, math teacher
Traci has served at CGS as a tutor and substitute. Previously she taught at the Nightingale-Bamford School in New York and Montgomery Blair High School in Maryland and at Portland Community College. Traci earned an MA in mathematics education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a BS in mathematics with minors in applied physics and Japanese from American University, Washington, D.C.


Back row, l to r: custodial supervisor José C. Ruiz, assistant admission director Mary Braun, dishwasher & kitchen assistant Kaoru Wilson; front row, l to r: systems administrator Andrew Thomas, admission director Sara Nordhoff, dishwasher & kitchen assistant Woming Chen, caretaker Tchassanty Ouro-Gbeleou, HR director Linda Yoesel; not pictured: CFO Terry Murphy and athletic director Sandy Luu

Mary Braun, assistant director of admission
Mary started at Catlin Gabel last fall as interim assistant director of admission, overseeing admission to the Beginning and Lower Schools. She will retain responsibility for enrollment of those two divisions and lead various admissions initiatives. Mary brings a wealth of admissions experience at both the secondary and university levels.

Woming Chen, dishwasher & kitchen assistant
Woming’s cultural background is Laotian/Chinese. He raises tropical fish and works part-time at Uwajimaya.

Sandy Luu, athletic director
A certified athletic administrator, Sandy previously served as athletic director at Liberty High School in Hillsboro. Her experience includes positions at Morrison Academy, International School in Taiwan, American International School in Saigon, and in Vietnam and Guangzhou, China. Her first teaching position was at Thomas Junior High in Hillsboro, teaching middle school language arts and general math. Sandy has coached basketball, softball, and volleyball, and in college she played varsity in those sports. Sandy earned a master’s in athletic administration from Ohio University and a BA in education and PE from Concordia University.

Sara Nordhoff, admission and financial aid director
Sara has worked in admissions since 1993 for Bennington College, Mount Holyoke College, and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Before coming to CGS, she served as director of school sponsor relations for the Forté Foundation, whose mission is to increase the number of women enrolling in the best business schools across the country. Sara holds a master’s in communications from Boston College and a bachelor’s degree in history from Middlebury College.

Terry Murphy, chief financial officer
Terry is well acquainted with the school’s operations and history. He was a trustee from 1998 to 2007 serving as treasurer, finance committee chair, audit chair, and campaign and executive committee member. This past year, he rejoined the board but resigned to accept this position. Terry and his wife, Carolyn, are the parents of Lindsay ’01, Bret ’99, and Ashley. Terry has a BA in economics and an MBA from Stanford University. Early in his career, Terry held various finance jobs at Boise Cascade, Intel, and Tektronix, then turned his attention to high-tech start-ups. He has been a CFO and financial administrator for Lightware, Raveism, Simutech, and Vigilan.

Tchassanty Ouro-Gbeleou, caretaker
A fluent French speaker, Tchassanty came to CGS from the French American International School, where he served as an extracurricular aide. He has also served as a landscape and maintenance supervisor at the Bahá’í World Center in Haifa, Israel, and as a volunteer translator and guide for visitors to the Bahá’í Gardens. Tchassanty has previous experience as a caretaker and community development coordinator at the National Ruhi Training Institute in Dakar, Senegal, and as caretaker and coordinator in Lome, Togo, West Africa. He earned a baccalauréat de troisième degree, with an emphasis in mathematics and natural sciences, in Togo. Tchassanty will live on campus with his wife, Marya.

José C. Ruiz, custodial supervisor
José came to Catlin Gabel after 11 years as head custodian for the Hillsboro School District. Before working for HSD, José served with the U.S. Marine Corps and was a sergeant in the Army National Guard for 16 years. He trained with the San Diego Police Department SWAT team and the FBI anti-terrorist unit in San Diego.

Kaoru Wilson, dishwasher & kitchen assistant
Kaoru’s cultural background is Japanese. She enjoys skiing and spending time with her daughter.

Linda Yoesel, director of human resources
Linda has extensive experience in human resources at both the corporate level and in education. She previously worked at the Cascade School District, a K-12 district with 307 employees. Before that, she worked for HR at the May Company/Meier & Frank and Macy’s. Linda also served as the director for an early childhood program and wrote several grants to establish early literacy interventions with families. She earned a graduate-level certificate in human resources leadership from Portland State University and a BA in communications from Linfield College.