We believe that learning proceeds from the creation of trusting relationships and a supportive community. At Edison, it all begins with our teaching staff of twenty-seven faculty members, which includes seventeen teachers; two Licensed Professional Counselors and a Licensed School Counselor, all with master’s degrees; one transition specialist; and administrative and development staff.
Growing up in Seattle and exploring the natural world encouraged Steve's passion for science and the way things work. He earned a degree in Environmental studies and Latin American studies from Pitzer College in Claremont, California. Steve taught in Los Angeles public schools for seven years, working with students with a wide range of abilities and disabilities. Steve was drawn to Edison because of the opportunity to foster relationships with students and teach relevant science content. He enjoys inquiry and making science an engaging process. Steve and his wife are happy to be back in the Northwest, which offers them a great mix of urban and outdoor adventures. He enjoys being with his family, being active outside and helping people get clean drinking water.
Maggi enjoys being a part of the Edison community, where working in a learning environment with small class sizes allows individualized instruction and enhanced learning success. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Boise State University in Electrical Engineering. After 10 years in the workforce, she began volunteering as a math tutor a couple of times per week after work, and quickly realized how much she enjoyed working with youth, and as a bonus, while doing math! Shortly thereafter, she fell for a boy whose work took them to a far away land called Michigan. Though she missed the PNW dearly, the transition opened an opportunity for Maggi to return to school for a Master’s degree in Teaching. Maggi is happy with her career change; she has taught Algebra 1 and 2, and Statistics, as well as coached math and volleyball teams. Off campus, Maggi enjoys playing volleyball, hiking, cuddling with her adorable dog and cat, and traveling (26 countries and counting!)
Health & Math
Craig has been a part of the Edison community since 1994. He teaches Health, Math and Geography, and has the enviable job of heading up the Edison Excursions; trips for students that go anywhere from Seattle to Ashland, the Oregon Coast to Central Oregon. He has also been the Academic Director of Edison’s Middle School Summer Program since 2003. Craig has a B.A. in Education from the University of Portland and an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Lesley University. When not at school, Craig enjoys home projects, photography, skiing, traveling to new places and a good game of tennis. He is also currently learning his third language, Swedish, which has been more of a challenge than he ever predicted. He has been on the board of the Oregon Adolescent Health Alliance since 2016 which advocates for comprehensive health education and access to health services. He appreciates the fact that Edison focuses on students as individuals and works to develop each student's potential. Past students who return to visit say it all: They are happy to have been a part of Edison, and he is too.
Martha has been the Transition Specialist at Edison High School since 2009. She has a degree in Community Health and Gerontology from the University of Oregon and is a former Peace Corps volunteer. While staying home to raise her four boys, Martha volunteered extensively in the Beaverton schools, and she has many years of experience in the College Career Center at Beaverton High School. Martha is an avid sports fan (Go Ducks!) who enjoys running, tennis, travel and cooking. She is passionate about working individually with Edison students to assist them in formulating their transition plans.
A member of our counseling staff, Andrée has been part of the Edison team since 1998. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Outside of Edison, Andrée can be found with her family and friends, volunteering at her son's school, playing soccer, reading, gardening, cooking, or doing yoga. She believes that Edison is a very special community, with a focus on supporting and encouraging the whole person. Andrée enjoys leading Girls' Circle, coordinating Advisory curriculum, and encouraging students to identify and grow their skills, abilities, resilience and well-being.
US History & Economics
Bridget teaches U.S. History and World History at Edison. She is a Portland native who attended the University of Oregon and earned her B.A. in History and General Science. After two years with a volunteer corps, Bridget returned to Oregon to study teaching at Lewis & Clark College. Bridget previously worked with middle school students in a program focused on helping them overcome academic and social challenges through building positive relationships. She has also taught literacy classes and GED preparation for adults. Outside the classroom, Bridget enjoys playing soccer and cheering the Thorns and Timbers, racquetball, walking with good friends or her dog, and exploring history through reading and travel. She enjoys teaching at Edison, where the small classes facilitate building strong relationships and encourage both academic and personal growth.
Director of Business Operations
Having worked for a number of non-profit organizations, Chris has seen first-hand the positive impact that a dedicated team can have on a student. Serving as the Business Manager at Edison since 2012, Chris graduated with a BA in Political Science from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC and lived in the south of France for two years while studying at the Université d’Aix-en-Provence. Although Chris loves to travel and is always planning her next trip, closer to home she enjoys cooking for friends and family, learning the tango, designing jewelry, and hiking. She enthusiastically agrees with Oscar Wilde who said, “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
Counselor & Learning Specialist
Nick has served our students as Edison's full-time counselor since 2005. With his deep interest in assessing and assisting students with complex learning challenges, Nick took on the additional role of Learning Specialist in 2013. He holds a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Lewis & Clark College, and a B.A. from Cal State Long Beach. Nick is registered in the State of Oregon as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). His counseling experience includes the Catlin Gabel School and a current and ongoing private practice (where he specializes in working with groups, couples and families). He is also a former elected Board Member of the Oregon Group Psychotherapy Society. Nick's passions outside of school include his family, baseball, ice hockey and the Oregon Coast. He feels that Edison High School represents a unique opportunity to develop personal relationships with each student and strives to support students and their families through consultation, mentorship, individual and group counseling.
Ross joined the Edison community in 2019 as an Orton-Gillingham trained linguistics tutor. In 2010, he graduated from Portland State University with a degree in English and Creative Writing. For ten years he worked as a piano technician with Classic Pianos in southeast Portland and spent the following three years as a music educator with the local non-profit Ethos Music Center. While teaching music, Ross found a passion for empowering youth and used his creativity to individualize instruction for all learners. He has volunteered with many local organizations such as Write Around Portland, Lines For Life, IRCO, and currently serves as the board president for Decoding Dyslexia Oregon. Ross’ teaching philosophy is one rooted in equity, inclusion, and accessibility. His work as an educator is guided by principles of culturally responsive practices and universal design for learning. Ross is currently a Portland State University student, and will complete his Masters of Special Education in Spring 2021. He is originally from Plainfield, Indiana or as some like to call it, “corn country”.
Mary Kate Fellows Russell
A proud Edison alumna, Kate teaches English III and I here at her alma mater. She has an undergraduate degree in Political Theory from The College of Wooster and two Master's degrees in Special Education from American University and Vanderbilt University, one centered on an arts-based approach to LD education and the other on educational research related to High Incident Special Education. She taught at a public school prior to joining Edison, and is a self-proclaimed Shakespeare geek. Kate has dyslexia and ADHD: this gives her a special ability to relate to her students and to serve as a positive role model while teaching the essential skills needed to thrive as an adult with a learning difference.
Kassie teaches English at Edison; instructs writing, reading, and math in our summer program; works with Link Crew on our new student orientation; and is also our service learning coordinator. She graduated from California State University, Fresno with a B.A. in English, where she did extensive graduate work in composition and literature, contributed to the first Graduate English Colloquium, and tutored at the writing center. She has a teaching credential from National University in secondary English and language arts, with an emphasis in cross-cultural academic development, and graduated suma cum laude from Oregon State University’s Master of Education program with an emphasis on diverse and special needs populations. Prior to Edison, Kassie worked extensively with second-language learners, students with learning differences, and at-risk youth in California, Hawaii, and Oregon. Kassie feels that every student has boundless potential and she delights in helping students achieve academic success and personal pleasure through learning. Kassie enjoys spending time with her children and family, yoga, scuba diving, performing arts, photography and travel.
Biology & Art
Edison High School welcomed Rachel as a science teacher in 2015. After growing up in Seattle, Rachel left her Husky roots (but not her love for Seattle) and attended the University of Oregon. She graduated with a BS in Exercise and Movement Science. After 3 years in the corporate sector, Rachel returned to school to obtain a MAT at Pacific University with a focus on Secondary Education in Biology and Health. She took a hiatus from teaching to raise her three children, and became an avid volunteer in schools and youth ministry. During this time Rachel became a passionate advocate for students with dyslexia and ADHD. She has first-hand experience with the diversity of learning differences from her experiences with her own 3 children, two of whom have Dyslexia and/or ADHD. Rachel is passionate about creating relationships with students and making science curriculum relevant to everyday life. Outside of school, Rachel loves traveling, playing and coaching soccer, running, hiking, reading, doing art projects, and watching and rooting for her Ducks during football season!
Jennifer is our hard-working Development Director here at Edison. She was promoted to Director in 2008 after four years as our Development Associate. Prior to her work in development, Jennifer held positions in marketing and sales in the hospitality and travel industries. Jennifer graduated from the University of Montana with a B.A. in Business Communication. She loves being a part of the Edison environment and working with such a dedicated group of teachers and dynamic, fun group of kids. When not at the school, Jennifer can be found exploring Portland, reading, hiking, cooking, and spending time with her family.
Executive Assistant to the President
Before joining Edison in 2018, Neveen worked at a law firm specializing in helping people obtain Social Security Disability benefits. This gave her great insight into what it means to be an advocate and serve a diverse community. She is looking forward to using this experience at Edison as the Executive Assistant to the President. Originally from Boulder, CO, Neveen earned her Bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado. After graduating, she moved to Philadelphia where she met her husband, Peter, a Portland native. The two of them moved to North Portland in 2015. In her free time she enjoys traveling with her family, gardening, and creating handmade pottery.
Elizabeth started teaching reading at Edison in 2011. She has a Master of Education with a focus in Adolescent Literacy. Elizabeth is a Certified Member of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators and is a Certified Dyslexia Therapist of the International Dyslexia Association. She is also trained in the Slingerland approach for teaching groups. Elizabeth has raised three children with learning differences. She became interested in Orton-Gillingham because one of her daughters has dyslexia. Two of her daughters attended Edison, giving Elizabeth additional insight into how to teach our students. Elizabeth is a native of Louisiana and has her BS in Home Economics from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. After graduation, she worked at the University of Texas Office of Admissions and became interested in the field of education. When she isn’t in the classroom, you can find her knitting, walking, practicing yoga, reading, gardening, and taking care of the environment; she is a Master Recycler and holds a Sustainable Building Advisor Certificate.
Dean of Student Services
Linda is our Dean of Student Services, and we are thrilled to have her on our staff at Edison High School. She graduated from Pepperdine University with a degree in Business Administration. Prior to joining the Edison staff in 2007, Linda was very busy raising her three children. Today, she enjoys working full-time at Edison and making sure our office operations run smoothly. Outside of work, Linda enjoys working out, traveling, hiking, golf, and playing on multiple soccer teams.
Megan is excited to be a part of Edison High School and joined the team in 2019. She grew up in Southern California, where she discovered her love of ASL at the early age of 12. She immersed herself in ASL books and the Deaf community in her neighborhood. Megan went on to earn her Bachelor’s degree in ASL-English Interpretation from Columbia College in Chicago. She is passionate about teaching others while learning more every day and found her place at Edison. Away from work, Megan enjoys yoga, golf, and spending time with her husband and their 90lb chocolate lab Ramsey.
Algebra & Senior Seminar
Daniel joined Edison High School in 2011, where he teaches Senior Seminar, Algebra, Toastmasters, and occasionally biking. In 2007 Daniel earned a B.A. from the University of Oregon's School of Planning, Public Policy, and Management in concert with graduating from the university’s Clark Honors College. After graduation, Daniel worked for a school year as an Academic Success Coach with InsideTrack in Portland. His work with students focused on developing good study habits; developing balance among work, family, and school priorities; and professional goal setting. He then departed for Honduras with the Peace Corps, where he served two years as a teacher, baseball coach, and planning consultant alongside his wonderful wife, Emily (a JHS faculty member). Shortly after beginning work at Edison, he began pursuing a masters in special education at Portland State University, and he holds an M.S. in Special Education. His passions beyond teaching include hiking, mountaineering, cycling, tinkering, reading, and spending time with family. Daniel has happily found a home at Edison, where he is able to realize his passion for educating each student as a unique learner.
Dean of Students & Mathematics
Colin has been teaching Mathematics at Edison since 2004 and became Dean of Students in 2018. He earned a BSE in Mechanical Engineering from Princeton University, and spent the years before coming to Edison as an experiential educator for Outward Bound, a sea kayak builder, and a laboratory research assistant. His interests include kayaking, skiing, woodworking, swing dancing and Ultimate Frisbee. When Colin is not busy encouraging students to push past their math limits or make better decisions at school, he feels fortunate to be able to share these interests with his students through the elective program. What Colin likes best about Edison is the close-knit community and the opportunity to watch and guide students as they develop into passionate and unique young adults.
Shanna joined the Edison staff as a science teacher in 2016. A Portland native, Shanna attended Oregon State University and graduated with a BS in General Science. She went on to earn her Masters of Arts in Teaching at Lewis and Clark. Shanna taught middle school science for 8 years in the Lake Oswego and Beaverton districts, before taking a leave to raise her own two children. Shanna loves kids of all ages and is excited to be back in a science classroom where she can make science meaningful, and establish relationships with students. Outside of school, Shanna enjoys cooking, reading, working out, pilates, travel, and spending time with her family.
Counselor & Art Therapist
Carrie joined Edison in 2011 as a part-time counselor and art therapist. In 2015, she began teaching a summer "Transition Tools" class to help freshman make a smooth transition from middle school to high school. Carrie has also started the Mention Paths 2 the Future program. This is a University of Oregon developed curriculum based intervention for girls with learning differences with a goal of improved educational and career opportunities. She received her B.A. from George Mason University with a major in Art History. She also has an M.S. in Art Therapy from Eastern Virginia Medical School and her M.Ed in School Counseling from Lewis and Clark College. Working with Edison students is an exciting opportunity to focus on her strongest passions: adolescent academic and personal development.
Drama & English / Technology Specialist
As an English and Drama teacher at Edison, Maureen loves helping students to build confidence in expressing themselves. A graduate of Eastern Montana College (now MSU, Billings) with a BSEd in Secondary English, she went on to earn her Masters of Education at Lesley University, focusing on integrating the creative arts into the curriculum. After many years of teaching children’s theatre, traveling the world, handling reptiles, and otherwise avoiding a full-time job, Maureen began at Edison as a substitute teacher in 1996 and slowly worked her way up to a full-time position. Outside of school, she keeps busy with backpacking, snowshoeing, tap dancing, practicing yoga, and spending her summers working with the Young People's Theatre Project, a Portland area children's theatre.
Sandy joined us after having worked as a full time reading teacher at Park Academy for several years. She is one of our certified OG Reading Specialists and is honored to be able to work with such a strong reading team here at Edison. Joining Edison's reading team to help make it one of the best OG schools is just one of her passions. She studied Philosophy at The University of Calgary and obtained her B.S. in Elementary Ed. from The University of Idaho as well as her M.Ed in Counseling and Human Services. She is also a trained educator with Yad Vashem and helps in best practices of how to teach the Holocaust. Sandy has traveled to Poland and Israel many times and helps lead educational trips. Her other passion is alpine hiking with her kids. She and her eldest son have summited Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Hood together. She loves spending time with her three kids, family and her two dogs, Shayna and Stella.
Tammy joined us in 2013 as the Development Associate and became Office Manager in 2018. From day one she has found Edison to be an exceptional family of wonderful co-workers, students and parents who are all focused on “making a difference.” Prior to Edison, she spent 8 years as an Executive Assistant at a non-profit pediatric clinic, specializing in children with developmental delays. Having a child with ASD also gives Tammy a personal understanding of children with learning differences. Originally an East Coast native, she moved here in 1993 and loves it. Tammy and her husband enjoy trying new restaurants in Portland, running, spending time with the family and playing Ultimate Frisbee.
Mike Schwab, an accomplished leader in the Portland non-profit community, joined Edison In January 2020.
Mike comes to us from LifeWorks NW (a leading Portland nonprofit providing mental health, addiction, and prevention services) where he has served as Director of Development for the last five years. Mike has a long development career in education working for high schools and universities including Jesuit High School, Notre Dame High School, Saint Xavier University, and the University of Portland. In addition, he served in fundraising roles at the Providence Child Center Foundation and Catholic Charities.
Mike being a graduate, former employee, and current parent of Jesuit High School has first-hand knowledge of the unique partnership that Edison has with Jesuit and is familiar with the powerful work that Edison High School does with kids with learning differences.
Mike enjoys volunteering in the community and has served as a member of the Hydrocephalus Association Board of Directors, the Grotto Board of Directors, and the Providence Federal Credit Union Board of Directors. He remains involved with the St. John Fisher Parish Finance Committee. He also volunteers as a head baseball coach in Raleigh Hills Little League. Mike shares that his favorite activity though is spending time with his wife, three kids, and labradoodle.
Camie joined the Edison team in 2019. In 2016 after one of her three children was diagnosed with dyslexia and she became active in the dyslexia community and organizations such as the International Dyslexia Association and Decoding Dyslexia. Through these organizations, she met Edison’s very own Elizabeth Johnson. Soon after she began tutoring students with dyslexia and working to become Orton-Gillingham certified. Her favorite part of Edison is that the teachers aim to see the whole student and highlight their strengths while working with their learning difficulties. She loves getting to know the students and encouraging them as they improve their reading and writing skills and become confident in themselves as high school students. She earned her BA in History Teaching in 1998 and considers herself a life-long student. And, while she enjoys exploring Oregon and adventuring with her family, she is always most happy just sitting and reading a good book.
Director of Educational Technology
Dr. Troy Spetter is a graduate of Oregon public schools and has over 25 years of experience in education here in the United States and Internationally. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, a Master of Business with a concentration in Technology Management, an Education Specialist, with a concentration in teaching and learning, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. His contributions to past education teams have resulted in several certification programs now used in the Georgia Technical College system and he is a U.S. Army veteran who served during Desert Storm. In his free time, Troy enjoys drawing, scale model building, computer games, and classic cars. Troy and his wife Glenda have two adult children in college and an energetic Labrador / Beagle mix named LouLou
Fred loves teaching students American Sign Language at Edison High School. He earned a Bachelor's degree in English at Brigham Young University-Hawaii and a Master's degree in Education at Portland State University. Although Fred studied American Sign Language at Portland Community College, he actually learned more of his third language from his wife, who is Deaf, and from being in the Deaf community. Prior to college, Fred served two years as a volunteer missionary in Japan and fought forest fires. After graduating college, he worked in Japanese-English translation before being drawn to the chance to teach ASL at Edison. Fred enjoys working on his apple farm, web design, and Samoan fire-knife dancing.
Christy is excited to join our math team after 10 years with Portland and Clackamas Community Colleges. She graduated from Lehigh University with a B.S. Environmental Science. Christy continued her education at Utah State where she earned her M.S. in Resource Management and an M.A.T. with Basic and Advanced Math endorsements from George Fox. Before falling love with classroom teaching, she worked as an educational park ranger in Utah, California, Pennsylvania, Washington, and Oregon. In her free time, she enjoys concerts, dancing, nerdy board games, reading, and spending time outside (especially in a hammock or on the water).
Amy joined Edison as our Auction Coordinator in June 2015. She received her BS in Community Health Education, with a minor in Community Development, from Portland State University in 2006. Amy's professional background is in nonprofit & business development, marketing, volunteer training, management and event planning. In her free time, Amy enjoys spending time with her friends and family, traveling, crafting, boating, karaoke and laughing. Amy is looking forward to working with the families of Edison to put on an exceptional fundraising event!
Vanessa joined the Edison team in October of 2019. She teaches individual students in the Orton-Gillingham approach. She is passionate about helping students with dyslexia and has been doing so two of her own children were diagnosed with dyslexia. Since her first child was diagnosed eight years, she has learned as much as she can to help him. She holds a Bachelors in Biology and a Doctorate in veterinary medicine and worked as a veterinarian for many years. In 2018 she began courses and started her journey to becoming Orton-Gillingham certified. She believes in the Orton-Gillingham because it is based on science, another passion of hers, and is amazingly similar to the way doctors approach medical cases, with respect to individualized treatment and response to treatment. Her favorite thing about Edison is interacting with the students and making sure they know how amazing they are and how many gifts and strengths they have.
She is also a current member of the International Dyslexia Association, and Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators, and numerous animal-related organizations.
World History & English
Jonah Weaver teaches English and History at Edison High school. Prior to joining Edison, Mr. Weaver taught at several San Francisco Bay Area schools including Jewish High School, Prospect Sierra School, and The Marin School. Mr. Weaver has also taught in public high school and community college in Portland, and diverse groups of learners in Istanbul, Turkey, Bangkok, Thailand and Kitui, Kenya. His concern for global causes has taken him to India to perform rural language assessment for the organization Room to Read, to Sierra Leone with the nonprofit group Compassion First and to South Africa as faculty-in-residence for Teach With Africa. Mr. Weaver earned a B.S. in Secondary Education from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and a M.S. in Secondary Education from Portland State University.
Rowan joined the Edison staff as a Biology teacher in 2019. She graduated from the University of Salford in the UK with a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences and from the University of Manchester with a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. Rowan taught Biology and Science for 16 years, in both public and private schools in the UK and South Africa, serving students with a diverse range of abilities and backgrounds. She appreciates that the small class sizes at Edison will allow her to focus on establishing strong relationships and delivering individualized instruction to her students. Rowan’s passions outside the classroom include reading, baking and spending time with her two children and husband while they explore the Pacific Northwest.
Jason joined the Edison team as our Assistant Director in 2013 and became Principal in 2018. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Oregon State in 1993, and he started teaching in 1995 in a day treatment setting for students with social and emotional deficits. In 2000, Jason earned a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Lewis and Clark. He then worked with Clackamas Education Service District, helping public schools start and sustain self-contained classroom programs. In 2007, Jason earned Administrative Licensure from Lewis and Clark and became Vice Principal at Lakeridge High School. After 6 years as a high school administrator in Lake Oswego, he is excited to be working with the students, staff, and parents at Edison.
Kiwi is a 6-pound miniature poodle and comes to school on most Fridays with Ms. Halpin. She has passed puppy, basic, intermediate, and advanced obedience training, the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test, therapy dog training, and the Therapy Dog Test. Kiwi began working at Edison in 2016, and has also done support work for ASD events, support groups, and in childcare programs.
Located in Portland, Oregon, Edison High School is a private school dedicated to meeting the special education needs of Learning Disabled teens (LD teens). Our students' learning differences include dyslexia, ADD, ADHD, Asperger syndrome, Tourette syndrome, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, auditory processing, visual processing, communication disorders, executive functioning weakness and nonverbal learning disorders.