Inspiring thoughtful individual choices in learning and growth.

 Summer Brandon|Executive Director   

“I don’t know but I’ve been told, you never slow down, you never get 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 – 2017 – Middle & High School Science, ATI
             Present – Executive Director, 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 as a Student Leader at Outdoor School in Portland, OR and I’ve been hooked ever since. 

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Kim De Costa | Financial 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. 


Will Shapiro | Mathematics Teacher


“Do. Or do not. There is no try.” — Yoda

Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy
Masters of Arts in Teaching – Southern Oregon University
Subjects Taught:
Mathematics and Life
Teaching Experience:
Two years teaching Algebra and Geometry at Rogue River High School
Why did I become a teacher?
I became a teacher to help young people to learn how to think critically and to prepare themselves for life when they are done with school.

Angelica Marbain | Science

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”
-Albert Einstein
B.S. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UC Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz CA- M.A. in Education at Brooklyn College, Brooklyn NY
Subjects Taught: 
Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Science
Teaching Experience: 
6/7th grade science, Brooklyn NY 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th grade sciences in East Palo Alto CA
Why did I become a teacher?
I became a teacher to share my love of science and the outdoors. I love working with people and am constantly learning new things in the field of science.


Jennifer Schnell | Administrative Assistant/Registrar

“Your Highest Self only wants you to be at peace. It does not judge, compare, or demand that you defeat anyone or be better than anyone.” -Wayne Dyer


US Air Force veteran, X-ray tech, Licensed Massage Therapist, Mother of 5, Grandmother of 5, 30 years of medical and administrative experience.