Inspiring thoughtful individual choices in learning and growth.

 Summer Brandon|Executive Director

summer.brandon@armadillotech.org   

“I don’t know but I’ve been told, you never slow down, you never get 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 – 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

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. 

  

Will Shapiro | Mathematics Teacher

will.shapiro@armadillotech.org

 541-708-1456.

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

 
Education:
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

angelica.marbain@armadillotech.org

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”
-Albert Einstein
 
Education: 
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.

 

Kaitlyn Adams | Administrative Assistant/Registrar

office@armadillotech.org

 

“How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”

– Winnie the Pooh

Education:

Depth of Study, Child Development, BA Liberal Studies Elementary Education Humboldt State University 2016