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.
Community and Culture, 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!
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.
Math, Immersive Science, and Leadership
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
Kandy Giles is a Naturalist Teaching Artist with an art and science integration focus, using biotic & sustaining methods which support ecosystems.
BA Ed. certified K-12, Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri
BFA Visual Art, Atlanta College of Art
Kandy connects studio and field projects with academic curriculum and S.T.E.A.M. to support students, teachers & community. With experience in outdoor education and practical applications in place-based learning, Kandy facilitates creative projects and field work that builds community.
She primarily uses nature-based materials to connect scientific understanding with biotic systems, believes in therapeutic methods, mindfulness practice and always tries to inspire creativity!
Garden, conservation, agroforestry, greenhouse, cob oven kitchen & building a living lab classroom using cultural restoration & elder wisdom for our community are some of Kandy's current interests.
She first taught at the Friends School of Atlanta, coming from the High Museum of Art and the Atlanta College of Art. Raising children, homesteading, building, owning an art store, painting murals and community art workshops in her hometown in Missouri formed the realization that community and living lightly on the land must be the mission!
Kandy has taught in public and private schools; therapeutic and traditional; including Grand Center Arts Academy, Logos School and Juvenile Detention schools in the St. Louis area. She came to us via Parkdale, where she taught Art Integrated Science at New Vision School.
During the last several years, she has lead many outdoor school programs, summer camps and eco-educational events while living happily on the land of the Little White Salmon Biodiversity Reserve.
Math and Outdoor Science
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.
Admin and Arts
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.
Deborah Currier, PhD
Theatrical Arts Director
I’m Deb Currier and I am passionate about immersive arts education, experiential learning, all things theatre, dogs, and good cheese. I grew up in Southern California and arrived in the PNW for graduate school (Go Ducks) and never left. I spent the past 20 years as a theatre education and outreach, history, acting and improv professor at Western Washington University, and absolutely love making community service-learning connections through creative outreach projects.
Throughout my life and in between earning letters after my name, I have worked as a professional actor, director, choreographer, stage manager, youth theatre playwright, and designer/builder (props, sound, sets, costumes… but, sadly, everyone would be in the dark if I had to design the lighting). I love collaborating with youth of all ages to make theatre that is fun, engaging and ultimately meaningful for them as co-creators. While in Whatcom County, WA, my creative work focused on outreach in the Nooksack and Skagit Valley communities, and a favorite recent project was designing an all-school, immersive theatre workshop at Beach School on Lummi Island, where we spent the morning at the shore exploring and learning about the Bellingham Bay natural environment, and the afternoon making a theatre piece engaging with and honoring the indigenous Lummi and Coastal Salish legend of Komo Kulshan and the creation of the Salish Sea.
I have had the immense privilege of designing and leading multiple experiential theatre history and culture trips with students to Greece, Italy, Turkey, and the U.K. and hope to create those opportunities again with young learners. I have traveled and taught internationally, and some of my favorite memories include walking students through Greek history in the Theatre of Dionysus on the Acropolis in Athens, performing a spontaneous improv show with students in the Roman ruins of Ostia Antica, teaching character movement techniques with youth in the Doorstep Arts, U.K. program, and a semester in Italy teaching commedia dell’arte and devised theatre in the ballroom of a 15th century palazzo.
I am excited to share my knowledge with Wildwood Academy students, but for me it is equally important to learn from my students. There is always more to discover.