Teacher Pathways Panel Discussion

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On November 2 we hosted an online panel discussion featuring five double alums from Lewis & Clark’s College of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School of Education and Counseling who shared their journey through the pathway and into the teaching profession. Please see below for the event recording.

Meet the Panelists

Kaye Blankenship

Theatre, BA ’12; Secondary Art Education, MAT ’18

Kaye Blankenship (they/them) is the art teacher at Parkrose High School in Portland. They are currently in their 4th year at PHS, and teach classes in drawing, painting, ceramics, crafts, and AP 2D Art and Design. Kaye also hosts a weekly art club, and the school’s GSA (Genders & Sexualities Alliance) Club called Spectrum. Their teaching focuses on fostering creativity and confidence in all students regardless of their previous artistic experiences.

Ashley Cena

Biology, BA ’17; Elementary Education, MAT ’19

Ashley Cena (pronounced s-ena), she/her, is a 4th grade teacher in the Beaverton School District. She earned her BA in Biology at Lewis & Clark College while playing softball before earning her MAT at Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling. She is passionate about providing students with inclusive, culturally responsive, anti bias anti racist curriculum.

Jason Flores

Psychology, BA ’19; Elementary Education, MAT ’20

Jason Flores (he/him) graduated from CAS in 2019 with a BA in psychology, and finished grad school in 2020 with a MAT & ESOL endorsement. After graduating, he started working as a sub in the Reynolds school district, and was hired to be a balanced-of-the-year teacher for a first grade class at Margaret Scott Elementary School. At the end of the school year he applied for both fourth- and fifth-grade positions in M. Scott, while he started teaching summer school at Alder Elementary in the same district. About two weeks after the last school year ended he was hired for the fifth-grade position for which he had applied, and that is where he is today. Jason is also on the Race & Equity team in his school, and meeting the challenges he faces each day with the confidence of knowing that LC did a solid job of preparing him.

Sophie Lee

History, BA ’16; Secondary Social Studies Education, MAT ’17

Sophie Lee (she/her) graduated from Lewis & Clark CAS with a degree in History and went on to earn an MAT in Secondary Education from Lewis & Clark GSEC in 2017. Sophie works at Evergreen High School in Vancouver, WA. Her pedagogy is heavily informed by her own experiences with project-based learning as a high school student. After teaching Social Studies for several years, Sophie now works with Freshman teachers who seek to improve our 9th-grade “on-track” rate.

Paige Peck

Math, BA ’18; Secondary Mathematics Education, MAT ’19

Paige Peck (she/her) is a third year math teacher at Monterey High School. Her main goal as a teacher is to find unique ways that all of her students can discover an appreciation for mathematics and find confidence in their abilities as mathematicians. Beyond the classroom, she hosts chess club for students, participates in her district’s math curriculum team, and serves as a site representative and organizing committee chair for her local teachers’ union.

 


What is Teacher Pathways?

In short, it is a partnership between Lewis & Clark’s College of Arts and Sciences and its Graduate School of Education and Counseling that is designed to support students in becoming teachers.

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