Staff

2021/22 School Year

Holly Walsh

Head of School and English Department; Adventurer.

For the past 17 years, Holly has enjoyed teaching 8th grade English at Catlin Gabel School in Portland. She is currently serving as their “Teacher Leader” for grades 6-12 English and has co-led global learning trips to Costa Rica. Holly also worked to design interdisciplinary curriculum for the school and has brought visiting  authors and artists as part of their Distinguished Arts and Lecture series. 

 

In addition to teaching in a classroom setting, Holly has co-led outdoor trips with Catlin Gabel, was a lead instructor at Austin Nature and Science Center, and led backpacking trips for students with Adventures Cross Country, located in the Bay Area. Holly also taught middle school English, US civics, and art at an inner-city middle school in Chicago; she has taught English, US history, and drama to elementary and middle school students at The International School of the Peninsula in Palo Alto; and she taught high school English near Burlington, Vermont. 

 

As well as the role of Head of School, Holly will design and teach our English program and continue to build the Wildwood writing program into one of the best in the state.

Joe Vincent

Social Studies; Science; Maker and Builders; Leadership; Adventurer.

My name is Joe Vincent and I passionate about teaching, whitewater kayaking, and spending time outdoors.  I am originally from Lynchburg, Virginia, where I lived for twenty-two years.  Lacrosse was a huge part of my life during that time, and I played on Lynchburg College's men's lacrosse team for four years.  This is where I received my degree in Elementary Education and completed my student teaching in the 5th grade and Kindergarten classrooms. 

 

I come from a large extended family that is full of teachers, and I have always loved working and learning with children.  After college, I moved to Big Sky, Montana, where I taught a variety of subjects at Ophir Middle School for three years.  Science and history are my favorite subjects to teach.  In the summer of 2020, I moved to the Columbia River Gorge to pursue teaching, and to get a chance to paddle the amazing rivers in the area.  Outside of school hours, you can find me kayaking down some of the world's greatest sections of whitewater!

Lisa Kosglow

Outdoor Adventure Program, Leadership.

Lisa Kosglow will be leading our Outdoor Adventure Program for 2021/22.

 

Lisa is the Director of Let’s Get Out Adventures, LLC a Columbia Gorge based outdoor education program. An entrepreneur at heart, she is the co-author of Kidding Around the Gorge-The Hood River Area’s Ultimate Guide to Family Fun, and co-author of Let the Kid Guide: Putting Nature Back Into Our Lives. She’s a two-time Olympian and avid outdoors person. Lisa specializes in fostering a sense of wonder in children with a focus on nature based connection. For 20+ years she has instructed children and adults both across the US and internationally in both snowboarding and outdoor programming. Lisa is passionate about land stewardship, outdoor adventure, and creating deep and lasting connections between people and the land. She is also trained as a NOLS Wilderness First Responder to help manage risks while kids play in the woods. When she isn’t out on her bike, snowboarding or surfing you can find her exploring the Columbia Gorge with her family.

Dov Rohan

All Levels Math; Maker and Builders; Leadership; Adventurer.

I grew up in Santa Cruz, California and was the Valedictorian of my high school. I studied Aerospace Engineering and Physics at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA. I played college volleyball, beatboxed in the a cappella group “Take It SLO,” and was the president of the Entrepreneurship club. After graduating in 2006, I let my curiosity and love of learning guide me through many different professions. Some of these professions include: a published physics researcher, scuba instructor, music producer, musician, Ayurveda Health Counselor, builder, landscape designer, farmer and teacher. I lived and worked in Central America, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. One of my favorite past experiences was teaching scuba diving internationally, which allowed me to work with people young and old from over 30 different countries. 

 

My teaching career began in 2010 at an outdoor private school in the Santa Cruz Mountains. I led week-long middle school camping trips in Big Basin and Big Sur, taught 6-8th grade math and science, and worked in preschool and kindergarten classes. 

 

I'm vegan and love hiking, camping, building things, working with natural resources, gardening, mountain biking, baking, creating music, and living a healthy and balanced life. I’m excited to be a part of Wildwood’s community and share my fascination of learning with students.

 

"I always knew I would like being a teacher, following in my parents footsteps. I just wanted to explore the world and gain more life experiences before entering the teaching profession. That way I would be able to share more than just the subject material with my students, I would be able to share the world with them.” - Dov Rohan

Story Gorge

Story Gorge is comprised of award winning visual media producers and film industry professionals.  As a social enterprise, they focus on amplifying worthy stories through media education, professional video production and still photography. Story Goge collaborates with Wildwood Academy to enable students to tell compelling stories that evoke empathy and action and empower others to do the same. Classes are project based for maximum engagement and each session will be led by a working professional media producer. From still photography to the basics of filmmaking to stop motion, the Story Gorge team is stoked to work with Wildwood Students!