Staffing Update

I wanted to share with you some staffing changes that have recently taken place.

In early July we received permission to add a 3rd kindergarten session. Ashley Rollins, who had been hired to teach our 2/3 classroom, will instead be teaching kindergarten in Room 4. This adjustment created a 2/3 opening and we posted that position. We had 167 applicants for the position and after interviewing several strong candidates, I am very happy to share with you that Mr. Mark Hansen will be joining our staff and will teach the 2/3 classroom.

Mark has most recently taught at Peninsula School, teaching a 3/4 classroom. Mark also serves as the Co-Director of the Oregon Writing Project at Lewis and Clark College. Mark brings his 13 years of experience to Lewis along with a strong desire to engage with his students and families. By way of an introduction, I asked Mark to share a bit about himself and you will find that below.

Please join me in welcoming Mr. Hansen to our school.

Mark Hansen – “Both of my parents were teachers, my partner, Katharine Johnson, is a teacher, and my son is a rising fourth grader.  So school is a big part of my life! My family moved a lot while I was growing up but I have called Portland home for 20 years. I started working for PPS in 1998,  as an assistant for students with special needs.  I got my Masters in Teaching from Lewis and Clark and have taught 2nd – 4th grade since 2001.  I am a co-Director of the Oregon Writing Project at Lewis and Clark, a teacher-led network that collects and spreads essential and promising practices for teaching writing.  I am a dedicated cyclist but am slightly daunted by my new longer commute to Lewis.  This summer I am volunteering at Street Roots newspaper, just to help out, but also with a mind to creating a classroom connection to their work.  I love to build, tinker, and explore wild places. I love to learn about and with my students, and try to create many pathways for families to take up the work of our classroom.  Above all, I am excited to meet and get to know the Lewis Elementary community.”