6th - 8th Grades: Math, Science, English, History, Health, PE.
I am incredibly passionate about teaching and guiding young people through what can often be a very difficult, confusing, and turbulent time in their lives.
Professionally, I have been teaching middle level students for over a decade. I have represented my knowledge of middle level students in national conferences, committees, and institutes for teacher education including AMLE, NSTA, and OMLA. I have an undergraduate degree from Portland State University in Health Sciences with a minor in English and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Lewis and Clark College.
When I am not in the classroom, you can find me exploring the outdoors and playing with my family. I love to run, bike, ski, garden, and travel.
6th - 8th Grades: Math, English, International Studies, Science, Outdoor Leadership
I have a Bachelors of Education and Masters of Language Education from the University of British Columbia and a Masters 2 Science du Langage from the Universitie du Grenoble.
As an educator, I have almost a decade of experience in both Canada and France, teaching subjects as diverse as Math, French, Outdoor Leadership, and 'Dragons Den Engineering'. Most recently, I was the Educational Facilitator (Head Teacher) at the Incentive Outdoor Academy in Richmond, BC, a small school focused on academic excellence and outdoor leadership. I love diving into meaningful questions and problems with students inside the classroom as well as developing their leadership strengths out in the community.
Alongside teaching, I love to write. In the past five years, I have become fascinated by urban ecosystems and how wildlife adapt to living in cities. I wrote a YA novel about the lives of urban coyotes that will be published this coming spring by Dundurn Press. I am excited to share this quirky passion, as well as my love of learning and of being outside, with the students and families of Wildwood this coming school year.
6th - 8th Grades: Spanish
Teaching is my life’s work. This vocation, spanning three decades, has led me to work with students aged five through seventy-five and has taken me to forty-seven of the fifty states, as well as to places as far-flung as India and Vietnam. I’ve not only taught students and subject matter in K-8 classrooms in California and Oregon, but I spent a decade traveling the US teaching teachers to optimize their instruction with students. Language teaching is my calling card, but growing learners is my work.
At Wildwood Academy we have chosen to support students’ language development in Spanish so that they may confidently communicate with the majority of residents in the Gorge. According to 2016 data, 28.2% of residents of Hood River County speak a non-English language, and 30.8% are Hispanic. I look forward to empowering the students of Wildwood Academy to communicate with an ever-expanding base of our neighbors.
6th - 8th Grades: Music, Applied Mathematics, and Real Estate Investment.
I have been a professional musician, performer, and music teacher since high school. On the performance side, I have toured on and off in bands and solo from large, outdoor music festivals to jazz ensemble performances to solo panhandling across Europe for months on end. I teach private lessons on bass guitar and acoustic 6-string guitar, as well as classroom setting music appreciation and the art & intricacies of performing on stage.
I began my professional education career in the late 1990’s during the onset of the Green Building movement in the Pacific Northwest. Fresh out of a master’s degree program at the University of Washington in Seattle, I began a three year national speaking tour hosting lectures, seminars, and jobsite walks discussing the merits of sustainable building techniques in commercial construction. These lectures and seminars eventually led to the development of two new courses at Portland Community College, which I authored and taught for the first two years (Sustainable Construction Practices and Advanced Blueprint Reading).
I am very excited to be a part of the creation and teaching team at Wildwood Academy and look forward to sharing my love and enthusiasm for music and math education and how they naturally interweave with each other.
6th - 8th grades: Art
I have lived in Kota Kinabalu (on the island of Borneo) Beijing, China, Manila, Philippines, Whistler, Canada, and Hood River, Oregon. I have exhibited internationally since 1999 and participated in over 50 group and solo shows.
Over the past five years, I have taught my youth art programs: “Brave Art for Youth”, “Fashion Art" and “Skateboard Art” at arts foundations, public schools and in art schools up and down the Pacific Northwest including for Arts In Education of the Gorge.
Please check out my Skateboard Art teaching video which is on my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KapJa5_fqW8
Interests: painting and teaching in oils, watercolors or acrylics. Marketing and distribution of acrylic reproductions, film festival event management, commercial illustration, meditation retreats, skiing, mountain biking, yoga, kiteboarding.
6th - 8th Grades:
Eric Cohn has over twenty five years of service teaching math to middle school and high school students. He'll be mostly teaching Algebra I and II at Wildwood and will also be teaching higher level math to select students. Any student who has taken Eric's classes with attest to his enthusiasm for teaching math and getting even the most stubborn and uninterested student to gain enthusiasm and understanding of the subject.
Eric is an avid windsurfer, skier, and enjoys getting outdoors anytime he can around The Gorge.