Inspiring thoughtful individual choices in learning and growth.

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

kim.decosta@armadillotech.org

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


Education:
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

jennifer.brinson@armadillotech.org

“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.

Education:
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

summer.brandon@armadillotech.org

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

-Tom Petty and the Heart breakers

              Education:

              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

tucker.davis@armadillotech.org

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

           Education:
            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

quin.haldane@armadillotech.org

“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

Education:

         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

lexie.miller@armadillotech.org

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

Education:

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

nathan.clinton@armadillotech.org

“All my heroes are literally, writers.”

Henry Rollins
 


Education:
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.