Inspiring thoughtful individual choices in learning and growth.

kim 2Kim De Costa | Executive Director, Co-Founder

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
– Nelson Mandela

Master’s degree in Career Development, Department of Management, John F. Kennedy University
BFA in Art Therapy, California College of Art
AA in Graphic Design, City College San Francisco

Subjects Taught:
Career Development, Personal Finance, Graphic Design, PowerPoint, Photoshop, Strategic games, and Physical Education

Teaching Experience:
Educator, counseling and program administration since 1994.

Why did I become a teacher?
I became a teacher because I enjoy helping people discover the power of knowledge.

 cleavlandJen Brinson | Assistant Director/Teacher

“If you don’t eat yer meat, you can’t have any pudding! How can you have any pudding if you don’t eat yer meat?”
– Pink Floyd, Another Brick in the Wall Part 2.

Minor, Women’s Studies, BS Sociology Southern Oregon University 2002
MAT Southern Oregon University 2008

Subjects Taught:
Oregon: Middle School Multiple Subjects, HS Language Arts and Social Studies.

Teaching Experience:
2008 to present in Oregon and Idaho.

Why did I become a teacher?
I was exposed to teaching as a high school student when I volunteered to teach sixth grade students science for Multnomah County Outdoor School and loved it. It’s been my focus ever since.

Summer Brandon | Science Teacher

“I don’t know but I’ve been told, you never slow down, you never grow old.”

-Tom Petty and the Heart breakers


              Portland State University: Bachelors of Science – Integrated Science, Minor in geology

              Western New Mexico University: Masters of Arts in Teaching
             Subjects Taught:
             High School Integrated Science, Middle School Science
            Teaching Experience:
             2005-2010 – 4th-9th grade science and all subjects, New Mexico
             2011-2012 – Science Methods, Arizona State University – Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College
             2012-2016 – Informal Science & Technology, Inquiry Exploration, ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum
             2016 – Present – Middle & High School Science, ATI
           Why did I become a teacher?
            It’s the best thing I can do with my days, and it’s a hoot! I started teaching when I was 14 years old and a                         Student Leader at Outdoor School in Portland, OR and I’ve been hooked ever since. 

Tucker Davis | Language Arts/Social Studies Teacher

“A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they shall never sit it.” -Greek Proverb 

            BS Elementary Education 2015

           MAT Elementary Education 2017

          Subjects Taught:

           Middle School Multiple Subjects, High School Language Arts and Social Studies

          Teaching Experience:

           First Year Teacher

          Why did I become a teacher?
          When I was young, I promised myself that I would do everything in my power to make things safe, equitable,                and  enjoyable for kids. Being a teacher is one of the best ways that I’ve found to deliver on this promise. 

Quin Haldane | Business, Social Studies Teacher

“Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.”  Franklin D. Roosevlet


         High School: Ashland High School class of 1993
         Bachelors Degree: Dual major in History, Political Science, and nearly a minor in Economics from Southern                  Oregon University
         Masters: MAT from Southern Oregon University 
Teaching Experience:
        Highly Qualified in Social Studies, Language Arts, Marketing (CTE), Finance (CTE), and Construction                           Technologies (CTE). 
Why Did I became a teacher?
Having owned my own construction company for ten years and having worked in the field for over 16 I found that I taught people the skills required for the industry for a long time, and that I was good at it. When my son started playing football in third grade I started coaching his teams and found that I really liked working with kids and teaching them new things. In 2008 I decided to go back to school and finish my degree to work towards changing my career to education. I love teaching and believe that having worked in the private field I have a good understanding of what students need to not just be successful in school but to also be successful in their professional lives after they graduate. 

Lexie Miller | Spanish Teacher

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. “


University of Guanajuato, Mexico 
Southern Oregon University BS Anthropology Magna Cum Laude
Master of Arts in Teaching SOU
Subjects Taught:
PE/Health Spanish, Anthropolgy, Leadership
Teaching Experience:
ATI since 2015
Student Teaching: Hedrick, Grants Pass High School
Basketball coach Chester High School 
Why did I become a teacher? 
To empower students to live a life they love

Nathan T. Clinton |Special Education Teacher

“All my heroes are literally, writers.”

Henry Rollins

Master’s in Teacher, Southern Oregon University

BA in Fine Arts, Indiana University

Subjects Taught:
Visual Arts, Computer Programming & Language Arts

Teaching Experience:
Educator since 2011

Why did I become a teacher?
I became a teacher because of my passion for helping not just students, but people succeed at their desires.