Staff

Holly Walsh

Head of School and English Department

 

For the past 17 years, Holly has enjoyed teaching 8th grade English at Catlin Gabel School in Portland. She most recently served 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.

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Joe Vincent

Social Studies, Outdoor Science, and Leadership.

 

My name is Joe Vincent and I am 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  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!

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Lisa Kosglow

Head of Cultural and Outdoor Excursions

 

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.

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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

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Courtney grew up in Montana in the beautiful Bitterroot Valley, where she found an early love and appreciation for nature, art, and education. After graduating from The University of North Dakota with a BA in Theatre, she spent a year with Lexington Children's Theater where she was able to use her background as a teacher and artist by teaching drama classes, directing performance workshops, assisting with outreach in local schools, writing teacher’s activity guides, and developing and implementing curriculum for Pre K-High School students. Courtney has been honing her skills as an actor, singer, playwright, stage manager, costumer, prop artisan and technician for the last decade, but first discovered her love for Teaching Artistry when she interned with Seattle Children's Theatre in 2018. She has since taught in schools and theater's in Montana, North Dakota, Washington, and Kentucky and worked with students of all ages.

Her love for education, creativity, collaboration, and nature has led her to Wildwood Academy, where she is able to blend all her passions together to help her students explore their own artistry. She is thrilled to be working with the next generation of artists, theater makers and theater lovers, and to be able to help her students explore the beautiful and exciting process of making art while fostering their growth as lifelong learners. Courtney believes that Art and Theater are powerful tools in which we can explore our world, learn about other’s experiences, develop empathy, critical thinking, collaboration, curiosity, and of course creativity. 


When Courtney isn't at school, she loves to read, listen to podcasts, make art, garden, collect rocks, explore nature, and of course hang out with her cat.

Caleb Peretz

Outdoor Science and Math

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I recently moved to White Salmon from my home place of Sonoma County, California. I graduated from the University of California Davis with a BA in Science and am passionate about all facets of  science with a comprehensive understanding of biology, chemistry, physics, ecology,anatomy and physiology. I also love math and finding ways to creatively teach it to students.

 

Being an educator comes readily to me; I love explaining the natural world to inquisitive minds and find joy in being a role model for curious students. Over the years, I have taught at The Redwood Adventist Academy and The Farm School in an immersive setting that allowed students a very place-based education of learning science along with forestry management, ecology, energy sustainability, organic farming, physics, sustainability, and ecosystems. At The Farm School, we took in over 25,000 students each year (many from the inner-city) and immersed them in science and hands-on sustainability. I was instrumental in designing curriculum, classroom and behavioral management, and assessment.

 

I believe that the scholastic system is in need of major reforms, and that the youth must be supported in a much more holistic way. I am so glad to be at Wildwood Academy to take part in this transformation. I am excited to guide the students into a love of learning and a thirst for real life experiences, led by natural curiosity through a scientific lens.

Megan Collins

Administrator and Arts
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Raised by educators, I have been taught to appreciate life as the ultimate gift of lifelong learning. I went to college on a D1 volleyball scholarship to Utah State and  then graduated summa cum laude from Portland State University with a BS in Arts and Letter. I am always trying to seek out opportunities that challenge and encourage me to dig a little deeper and break free from what I already know, to what might be. To me, the power to wonder is one of the greatest educational catalysts we can employ in learning. I love meeting new people, traveling, and imbibing diverse cultures, perspectives, and experiences that speak to my heart and spirit. I lived in a prefecture outside of Tokyo, Japan for four years, where I founded a small English school and consider that experience one of the highlights of my life.

 

I live with my family of five on sixteen acres in Stevenson Washington with eleven chickens, two mini (but mighty) schnauzers, and big dreams. I am happiest near bodies of water, love playing and exploring outside, and feel incredibly grateful to live in, what I consider to be, one of the most beautiful places on earth (The Columbia Gorge). I come to Wildwood Academy after working for several years in the Public School sphere as a Technology Specialist/Instructor where I taught students computer skills as well as how to have positive, safe, and meaningful interactions online.

Kristin O'Neill

Founder and Owner.

Theater and Arts

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Kristin O'Neill was a set designer in Los Angeles for ten years working on hundreds of commercials, music videos, theater, and movies. She worked on many award winning commercials (including the Capital One commercials) and mainstream movies such as Stuart Little. She is passionate about the art of visual story telling. Lately, she is the Art Director for the Red Hand Adventures (an award winning middle reader historical fiction series) and for Wildwood Summer Camps. She is also very involved in the Hood River arts community. As a founder, and owner, of Wildwood, she finds immense fulfillment working with kids in any kind of outdoor or arts related activity. She will be working closely with Courtney Miller to develop the Wildwood Theater and Arts Program.

Joe O'Neill

 

Founder and Owner.

Entrepreneurship.

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Joe O'Neill is a founder, and owner, of Wildwood Academy. His career started in San Francisco during the dot com heydays of the 1990's as a Director of Sales for iSyndicate. (A leading content syndicator that went bust when the bubble burst along with 2500 other dot come start-ups in SF). In 2000, he started Waquis Global and the company has grown to over 250 employees and is one of the leading mortgage processing and quality control companies in the US. He is also the author of the Red Hand Adventures (an award-winning middle reader historical fiction adventure series). At Wildwood, he works in many capacities including teaching Entrepreneurship to the students as well as working with the amazing staff to develop curriculum and continually enhance the vibrancy and culture of the school.