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Chris Riser has taught middle school in the Portland area for 6 years. Riser has had a personal passion for hip hop music, history, and culture since he was in the middle school himself.

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Kristen earned her M.Ed from the University of Oregon. As an avid theater fan, she also earned a minor in Theater Arts in college. She has taught elementary school in Beaverton for the past 12 years, and she is excited to join OES for the summer program!

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Christa Knox is a Board Certified Holistic Nutritionist and high school teacher who loves creating healthy meals and exploring the great Northwest. As a native Oregonian, she loved to pick sun-kissed berries, hunt for mushrooms, and cook everything from scratch from a very young age.

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Mark Combe is an Extension Assistant Instructor with OES. He received a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and is currently studying for a Master's of Art degree in Teaching with and ESOL endorsement.

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Laura Harley grew up in Michigan and graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor's in Elementary Education. She has worked with students in K-6th grade and has taught 3rd/4th grade at the Forest Grove Community School for 8 years.

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Slick Cntrl’s journey as an artist started at the age of 5 in the West of Africa. Although intimate to him dance is a vehicle to both express and navigate through life. He describes his dance as smooth, intricate and charismatic. He is influenced by West African, Salsa, Hip hop, Pop, krump, Contemporary and more.

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Meredith Kruse is an early childhood and elementary educator. She has a passion for art and science, and loves to combine the two areas in her practice. She holds a Bachelors degree in Art and Photography from Pacific University, and a Masters of Teaching degree from Marylhurst University.

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Kara holds a BFA in Painting from Pacific Northwest College of Art. She has privately taught children nationally and internationally for over 25 years. Kara is the founder of INNERSCAPE Art Center.

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Bonnie Brennan has been part of the OES community for more than twenty years. She’s worked as a dorm parent, Service Learning Coordinator, Director of Residential life, and most recently as a member of our OES admissions team.

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Martina came to America in 2000 from the beautiful countryside of Sweden. Shortly after arriving in Portland, she found herself surrounded by artists and performers, being tossed up in the air and asked to climb on their hands, feet, & heads.

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Hello! I'm Jane and this is my second summer teaching at OES. I was a guest teacher at OES during the 2018-2019 school year and I am currently a preschool teacher at Childswork in SE Portland.

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Miriam is the Intermediate Years Extension teacher as OES. Miriam has been teaching in Reggio Emilia inspired schools since she was in college for her Early Childhood Education Degree at Arizona State University.

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Hello Everyone! I was born and raised in here in Oregon and attended Chemeketa Community College where I played two years of Volleyball, after that I went on to to Warner Pacific College where I graduated with my bachelors in sports and recreation management.

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Laura Dunn earned a B.A. in English from Northwestern University and a M.F.A. in Poetry from the University of Montana. She has taught English, creative writing, poetry, theater, and music at colleges and K-12 schools for 12 years.

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Austin Schock has played D&D since college--which is longer ago than he'd like to admit. He's since turned it into a popular after school class, bringing screenless joy to students all over campus.

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Founder of PK4ALL, Noah is a natural born teacher. He is an American Parkour (APK) Ambassador and Level II Certified Instructor and has been teaching Parkour and Freerunning for over seven years.

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Coach Dan VanDetta started Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training in 2010, but his journey to improve the lives of others started much earlier than that. He earned his M.S.T. in 1999, taught elementary school in inner city Los Angeles for 8 years then moved to Oregon.

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World renowned fencing club, Oregon Fencing Alliance, located on the OES campus at S.P.A.R.C. provides the coaching staff for the fencing camps. the coach for all 3 sessions this summer will be Anna Atanassov.

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I am an educator, dancer, yogi, mover, thinker, mom, and a lifelong fan of kids! I graduated from Reed, studied childhood social dynamics, became a stay-home mom of three, and now split my time between working in a NE school, teaching barre3, grad school work towards teaching, and of course mommy-ing my (not-so)wee three.

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Sarah Ahl is the owner and teacher of Jump Start Gymnastics. She has over 18 years of experience teaching recreational gymnastics, and a BA in Liberal Studies for elementary school education.

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Ben Smucker grew up outside of Eugene and attended Junction City High School, lettering all four years in high school golf and basketball. In college, he played three seasons at the collegiate level for Northwest Christian University and graduated with a Business Administration degree in 2013.

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Raina was born in India, raised in India and Europe. Portland has been her home since 1983. She has 2 grown dual culture children. Working as an artist, teacher and healer, Raina enjoys teaching people of all ages.

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Tina-Marie Baskin, J.D., has over 20 years of experience helping students attain a positive mindset, become well-organized, and discover their unique academic talents. She received a B.A. in English, and Honors in Humanities from Stanford University, and a J.D. from UCLA Law School.

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