Rebecca ArcherEarly Intervention & Teacher of the Deaf
Rebecca was born with profound hearing loss, and was enrolled into Tucker Maxon’s early intervention program at about 7-8 months of age and fit with hearing aids. She fully mainstreamed in first grade with support from itinerant teachers of Tucker Maxon until high school.
Rebecca graduated from George Fox University in 1999 with a bachelor’s in elementary education, and then from Lewis and Clark College in 2003 with a master’s in deaf education. She received a cochlear implant in the spring of 2002, and is now able to talk on the phone and listen to the radio. It was one of the best decisions she had ever made!
She started working at Tucker Maxon in the fall of 2000 as an elementary teacher for a couple years before returning to school for her masters. After that, she worked with her dual certification as a classroom teacher, itinerant teacher, pull-out teacher, substitute teacher, and now as the early intervention teacher. Rebecca loves to teach! She also spent a year overseeing the process of the school being accredited with OPTION.
Rebecca’s husband, Chris Archer, is also a Tucker Maxon alum. They have 3 school-aged children with typical hearing, and their home is in Vancouver. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, bargain shopping, trying new recipes, and going for runs.
Sarah AtwillEducational Assistant
Sarah Atwill grew up in Phoenix, AZ and moved to the Pacific NW in 2012 to be closer to her sister (Tucker Maxon’s very own Dr. Shelby Atwill) and parents. She has her Bachelor’s Degree in History from Arizona State University and is currently working in the Aftercare program at Tucker Maxon. When she is not handing out snacks and stickers in aftercare, Sarah is a full time manager at a restaurant in NE Portland and has over 10 years of experience in the Food+Beverage industry. Sarah enjoys sending snail mail, relaxing with her boyfriend, Scott + dog, Cora. Sarah loves the contagious energy and excitement of the staff and kids at Tucker Maxon! Sarah didn’t realize you could be looking forward to going to work until she started at Tucker Maxon!
Shelby AtwillPediatric Audiologist
Dr. Shelby earned her Doctorate of Audiology (AuD) at the University of Washington in Seattle. She is a LEND Pediatric Audiology Fellow. She completed a full-time pediatric audiology externship at The Moog Center in St Louis. Dr. Shelby is also a member of the Oregon Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) team, and has taught at Portland State University, Western Oregon University and Pacific University. She specializes in all things pediatric: hearing assessment, hearing aids, and cochlear implants. Dr. Shelby bonds quickly with all children and their families, and loves being a part of their hearing loss journey.
Orhan BeldingMajor Gifts Officer
Orhan came to Tucker Maxon in April ,2018, recently arriving in Portland after many years in the east coast megapolis. He has worked in nonprofit development for over 10 years and is passionate about missions that create extraordinary personal transformation. His previous work includes managing leadership giving at Rails-to-Trails Conservancy in Washington, D.C., and working in major giving operations at Tufts University in Medford, MA, where he earned a graduate certificate in Management of Community Organizations. He also holds a certificate in Professional Fundraising from Boston University.
Samantha BouchillonTeacher of the Deaf, Preschool Teacher
Samantha is thrilled to be part of this incredible community. She is a recent transfer from Mississippi who has lived in Portland for two years. Samantha enjoys all things outdoors, including hiking, swimming, kayaking, camping, climbing, caving, and snorkeling. She loves to travel and has been very fortunate to visit almost all of the states in this beautiful country as well as several other amazing countries. She enjoys playing music, singing and seeing concerts. Samantha spends her quiet time reading, watching movies and trying to keep her plants alive. She received her degree in Deaf Education from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Jennifer CarverTeacher of the Deaf, Elementary Teacher
Jennifer Carver was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. She is the oldest of 4 sisters. She graduated from Portland State University with a BS in History. She started working at Tucker Maxon as an EA in December of 2000. She entered the Masters of Education program at Lewis and Clark College in 2002 and graduated with a Masters of Education, Deaf and Hard of Hearing in 2003. She did some of her studies, student teaching, and a mentorship at Tucker Maxon during her Masters Program. She married Scott Carver in September of 2004 and moved to Lacey, Washington for two years, where she taught children ages 2 to 18 with low vision, blindness, and hearing impairment. She and her husband then moved to Eugene, Oregon for a short time and Scott and Jennifer welcomed their first daughter Olivia.
In 2008 the Carver family moved back to Portland and Jennifer returned to Tucker Maxon. She has taught in both the elementary and preschool programs. Jennifer now has two daughters; her second, Sophia was born in 2014. She is currently teaching 1st grade.
Jennifer loves spending time with her family, traveling, and reading and crafting.
Andrew FortMusic Teacher
Andrew Fort attended school in Whittier, California as the youngest of three children. He was active in music, theater, and writing in high school and later earned a degree from the UCLA school of Theater, Film, and Television, where he received the Jack K. Sauter award for his short films and was nominated for the James Kirkwood literary prize. He began teaching music after moving to Portland in 1998 and is currently Music Director at Augustana Lutheran Church in NE Portland as well as a private music instructor. His two children have both attended Tucker-Maxon, where he has been active as both a parent and a teacher for a decade.
Joe FyeEducational Assistant & Extended Care Co-Manager
Joe was introduced to Tucker Maxon in 2012 when he enrolled his daughter, Molly, into the preschool program where he quickly became a fan of the staff and students. Joe started working in Extended Care in 2014 and became Extended Care Director in 2015. Joe loves to have fun and enjoys playing with the kids on the playground, or helping students in the classroom.
Glen GilbertExecutive Director
Born and raised in Massachusetts, Glen has been a nonprofit executive, consultant and leader for nearly 20 years. He became Executive Director of Tucker-Maxon School on June 2, 2014.
Glen was Executive Director of the Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation and led a successful capital campaign to quadruple the number of school children screened for sight and hearing. During his tenure, the budget and staff size at the Foundation also doubled. He recently led the effort to merge the 72-year-old Museum of Contemporary Craft with the 100-year-old Pacific Northwest College of Art. Other clients have included Metro, Zero Waste Alliance, Tibetan Peace Center and the National Community Land Trust Network. Glen was Interim President and CEO of Nature Bridge (formerly Yosemite National Institutes), the largest environmental education organization in the country. He was the inaugural President and CEO of the Cascadia Region Green Building Council.
Prior to green building, Glen was President and CEO of the World Forestry Center, a nonprofit that includes a museum, a demonstration forest, and an international fellowship program. He led a $7 million campaign to reinvent the museum. Glen was inaugural Executive Director during the Berkeley Public Library Foundation’s $4.3 million capital campaign. Glen began his nonprofit career as Executive Director of the human rights organization Tibet Justice Center in the San Francisco Bay Area.
After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1989, Glen was an attorney, a human rights consultant to the Tibetan government-in-exile in India, an Assistant Professor of Law in Prague, and Legislative Counsel to the Pacific Island nation of Palau in Micronesia. His law school thesis on environmental dispute resolution was published in the Ecology Law Quarterly. Glen was also a journalist between college and law school and he backpacked around the world for over a year. Glen has also lived and worked abroad in India, Prague and the Republic of Palau. Glen is a film buff, scuba diver, photographer, avid reader and volleyball player. He lives in Irvington with his wife Tori and teenage children Marina and Matthew.
Linda GoodwinPrincipal & Teacher of the Deaf
Linda Cook Goodwin was born in Albany, New York. She is the oldest of 8 children. She grew up in Upper State New York where she eventually went to SUNY Plattsburgh. Before graduating with a degree in Communication Disorders, she meet her husband Rick and became a lifelong hockey fan. They were married in 1982 and they moved to his hometown in Montreal, Quebec. There she attended McGill University for 2 years and received her MSc degree in Auditory Oral Rehabilitation. While attending McGill she did internships at The NY League for the Hard of Hearing in New York City, The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa, Ontario, The Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC, and at Tucker-Maxon Oral School in Portland, OR.
After choosing Tucker-Maxon to start her career, Linda and her husband packed a van and a UHaul trailer and traveled across the US and Canada to Portland, OR. After working at Tucker for 2 years, Linda was awarded the Alexander Graham Bell Rookie Teacher of the Year Award. A few months later her son, Russell Richard was born and was followed three years later by his brother Jackson Lee. Linda has worked at Tucker for 29 years. She has worked with families in Early Intervention and taught preschool, elementary and done itinerant work with students in K – high school. She is currently the principal at Tucker.
Linda and her family enjoy camping, boating and traveling yearly to visit family in Sydney, BC and back east to Virginia, North Carolina and New York.
Jennifer HoofardGrant Writer
Jennifer Hoofard joined Tucker Maxon as grant writer in February, 2017 after serving as a Development Associate for Grants at the Portland Art Museum, as well as contract Grant Writer for Portland Playhouse. She also completed a competitive Development Apprenticeship at the Right Brain Initiative, the Arts Integration/Education arm of the Regional Arts and Culture Council, and has written grants and coordinated events for Le Monde French Immersion Public Charter School. Prior to transitioning into Development, she was an academic, teaching writing at PCC Sylvania, as well as a Delve Readers’ Seminar for Literary Arts on the poetry and drama of Lorca and Yeats. Before moving to the Northwest in 2009, she taught literature and composition at the University of San Francisco, The San Francisco Art Institute, and at Mills College (where she did her MA) as a Visiting Professor for 5 years, as well as at UC Davis. She earned her Ph.D. in English at UC Davis specializing in Literature by Women, 20th Century American Literature, Poetry and African American Literature. She is a single mom-by-choice to boy/girl twins; loves to sing, read, antique, and travel; and has studied and/or taught abroad in England; Florence, Italy; and Bordeaux, France, and traveled to over 30 countries.
Mel HordynskiDevelopment and Executive Assistant
Mel grew up in Southern California and attended college at the University of California, Santa Barbara where she studied Communication. After college, she worked in the legal field as an executive assistant and a file clerk before spending a year traveling in Kauai. Mel currently lives in Sellwood and enjoys a good mix of hiking, reading, playing with her dog, and trying all of Portland’s delicious food. She loves the energy Tucker Maxon students bring every day.
Marie JonesDevelopment Assistant
Marie was born in Portland, Oregon and spent her early childhood years there. During her school years, she grew up on ranches in Washington and Montana. She moved back to Portland after studying for two years at University of Montana and finished college at Portland State University with a BS in Psychology. Being a country girl at heart, she enjoys outdoor activities such as biking, hiking, jogging, water sports, photography & gardening. Interested in nutrition, yoga, recycling, renewable energy, and all things green.
Marie worked at First Interstate/Wells Fargo Bank for seven years, then at the Central Offices of Meier and Frank for two years. Marie came to Tucker Maxon in 2002 after the Meier & Frank central offices closed. She worked as Finance Assistant until February 2011 and has been the Development Assistant since.
Claire LeakeSpeech-Language Pathologist
Nicole LeeEducational Assistant
Nicole is a born & raised Portlander. She graduated from Warner Pacific College with a B.S. in Urban Studies and plans to pursue a Master’s in Deaf Education. Nicole has had the opportunity to experience all kinds of previous jobs, most notably working at a locally-owned bakery for a number of years, starting a tutoring company, and now working at Tucker Maxon since 2014! Her love language is food – she can often be found whipping up something yummy in the kitchen. She also enjoys reading, writing, being with family, friends and nature–especially fall with it’s crispy, colored leaves. Nicole and her husband adopted a fat cat named Gladys who sometimes acts like a dog. Her favorite year in school was first grade, and she loves reading Dr. Seuss, but her favorite author is Mo Willems. Nicole is happy to color & paint with her preschool class, and she’s always ready to go on a bear hunt with them.
Courtney LoveElementary Teacher
Courtney grew up in the Portland area, received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon (go Ducks!) and studied abroad in Argentina for a semester where she learned to speak Spanish and eat great food. She is a proud mom to Claire, who is currently in first grade at Tucker Maxon School. In June of 2013, Courtney earned her Master’s of Arts in Teaching from Concordia University in Portland before beginning her role as the Upper Primary teacher at Tucker Maxon School. Her experiences at the school have motivated her to be the most effective teacher possible for her students. Courtney has coached the FIRST LEGO League robotics team at Tucker Maxon the past four years, and loves teaching students through hands-on learning experiences. She feels extremely lucky to be a part of the Tucker Maxon family!
Nina MalikElementary Teacher
Nina Malik has always loved all types of games and owns hundreds of games which she plays with her family and friends. She grew up in a military family and has lived in many states including Maine, Arizona, Connecticut, and Oklahoma. She also spent almost three years living in Iceland. She struck out on her own after high school, first attending school in Philadelphia for her AS in Business Administration before moving to Oregon to switch majors and finish her BA in Child and Family Studies at Portland State University. At PSU, she focused in elementary education, then received her MAT from the University of Southern California in 2012. Nina loves to play in many ways and volunteer her time in the community. Outside of the classroom some of her favorite activities are bike rides, roller coasters, and board games. She and her wife live with their teenage son and young daughter. The family likes to go camping, take road trips, explore new places, and find the unusual places and oddities in the world.
Mariah MorrisEducational Assistant
Mariah was born and raised in Brookings, Oregon, a small town on the border of California and Oregon. In 2015, after working various jobs in the food and clothing industries, Mariah decided to move to Portland to be closer to her siblings and pursue a job in a bakery. On the first day of her new job she met her husband, Matthew. She and Matthew were married in May of 2016 shortly after purchasing a home together. The couple has a cat named June, described as “an angel with paws”, and a Beagle named Thomas who is said to have too much personality for one dog. Mariah enjoys spending time outdoors as well as playing music, photography, disc golfing and spending time in the kitchen.
Tracie MoyerPreschool Teacher
Tracie Moyer was born and raised in the Portland, Oregon area. She had a wonderful childhood with her three older sisters. She graduated with a Masters in Early and Elementary Education from Concordia University in 2007 and was teaching in public schools for most of her teaching career. For the past three years, she has been teaching a small preschool class at her farm in Damascus, Oregon. She is married to Brett Moyer and has two young daughters. On her farm, she has two old horses, two dogs, and a barn kitty. She is so excited to be part of the Tucker Maxon Family and looks forward to working with her students and staff.
Laura PierceEducational Assistant
Laura grew up in Northern California and has lived in NE Portland for the past two years. She worked for Portland Public Schools as a substitute special education assistant teacher for the past year. While it was a fun experience, she felt ready to settle down at a school and she is very happy to be here. Laura received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon in Communication Disorders and Sciences. Her long term goal is to pursue speech pathology and continue to work with kids. She studied abroad in France in 2012 and traveled in Europe for a few months. She hopes to travel again and possibly take her speech pathology career abroad. She has worked at numerous summer camps and loves being in a creative and warm environment. In her free time, she loves to draw, paint, go to concerts and hike.
Michelle ProctorTeacher of the Deaf, Preschool Teacher
Michelle started at Tucker Maxon in August 2005. She has worked in the Preschool and the Elementary departments.
Michelle is the mother of two beautiful girls, Destiny 15 and Savannah 11, and one adorable Chorkie, Dewy. She has been married to her husband for 18 years. Michelle married her high school sweetheart and had children early in life. It wasn’t until she had children and was a stay at home mom that she decided she wanted to work with young children. She attend Clackamas Community college and received her AA in Early Childhood Education. She worked for Head Start for 2 years before starting at Tucker-Maxon. She worked at Tucker-Maxon for 2 years before she started back to school at Warner Pacific for her BS in Human Development with a minor in Child Development. She then went on to a master’s program to become a Teacher of the Deaf. After graduating with her master’s degree in oral deaf education she started teaching in the elementary department where she has taught 1st and 2nd graders for 3 years. She is overjoyed to be back in the preschool department.
Michelle grew up in northern California just south of Lake Tahoe. She moved to Oregon in 1996 and absolutely loves it. Michelle enjoys attending her daughter’s sporting and other extracurricular activities. When she has free time she lives for getting lost in a great book, crafting, baking and visiting friends. Michelle also loves to spend time outside hiking, camping and exploring the coast. Recently she has been learning to kayak.
Dawn PutmanEducational Assistant & Extended Care Co-Manager
Dawn Putman was born in Portland, Oregon. She graduated from Portland Adventist Academy and attended Clackamas Community College where she studied as an Administrative Assistant. In her spare time, Dawn enjoys gardening, reading, art, and watching movies. She also enjoys sharing experiences with her daughter, Emma. The thing she likes best about working at Tucker Maxon is getting to spend time with and enriching the lives of the children at school, they are her joy.
Jerry RoachPhysical Education Teacher
Jerry Roach is Tucker Maxon’s Physical Education teacher and helps with lunch and recess duties as well as being the chicken, garden and goat guy. He has three children who’ve attended Tucker and has been with us for almost two decades. Jerry has a Bachelors degree from Portland State University in Health Education and a Masters degree in Early Elementary, Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix. He enjoys bringing his hobbies and interest to Tucker to help create a unique and creative learning and play environment for our community.
Stacia RosenauElementary Teacher
Stacia Rosenau is currently an elementary teacher here at Tucker-Maxon, after teaching in the preschool for four years. Stacia loves the community feel here at Tucker. She loves seeing the kids come in every morning excited to be at a school that knows and cares about them. It’s especially fun to see the kids she knew in preschool grow up to be in elementary classes with her.
Stacia has always been fascinated with children’s development. When she was growing up in her mother’s home daycare, she would record the children learning how to talk on her tape recorder as a way of documenting their speech development. Later on, Stacia majored in psychology specializing in child development, and then got her masters in social work. She worked as a child and family therapist, specializing in play therapy with young children. This was rewarding and challenging work, and she learned a lot about working with families and children. However, after becoming a mom herself, her interests turned to teaching, and she pursued her masters of arts in teaching. She now blends these experiences to work and play with kids at Tucker, and be the best teacher she can be!
Stacia has three children – two daughters and a son – and a husband who also works in education. She has lived in Idaho, Oregon, West Virginia (which has fabulous hiking), upstate New York, and very upstate New York in the tiny town of Ticonderoga. She currently lives in Oregon City along with various pets and one large, hairy dog. Stacia spends her extra time cheering for her kids at various sports, doing home improvement projects, tries to get out to hike, has been known to camp, and finds sanctuary from a busy life in her flower garden.
Lynda ShafferKindergarten Teacher
Lynda grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and attended Arizona State University where she earned her teaching degree. She taught in Arizona and California before coming to Oregon. Lynda has over 20 years teaching experience working with preschool through 5th Grade. In 2002, she joined the Tucker-Maxon family. Lynda has enjoyed teaching kindergarten, her favorite classroom activity is doing the Hokey Pokey and guiding young minds in reading.
Outside of the classroom, Lynda loves spending time with her family; her husband and three children. She also likes taking sunny walks or hikes with friends and curling up with a good book. Lynda has quite the collection of vintage and antique schoolhouse accessories. She visits antique shops whenever she travels. When Lynda isn’t doing these things, she can frequently be seen with her small, spunky dog, Ginger.
Patty SmithOffice Manager & Enrollment Coordinator
Patty joined the Tucker-Maxon family when her youngest daughter (then 3 years old) was in preschool at Childswork (who partnered with us for many years). The long standing joke in her family is that Katie graduated but Patty is still there, sorting crayons.
Over the past 25 years, she has had lots of learning opportunities: as an EA in both preschool and elementary divisions, tutoring hearing impaired students, teaching summer programs and preschool classes, managing the library and directing the Extended Care program. Most recently she has transitioned into the office, working primarily with students and their families (now those students include two of her own grandchildren).
When not at school, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Tom and their family. Their 3 grown children all have families of their own and live close by, so the moments of quiet are rare. She is an avid Blazer fan, goes whitewater rafting in the summer and then to Mexico each winter for a warm and wonderful family reunion.
She finds that there is truly no end to learning and she enjoys the new challenges that life brings.
Anne SmythTeacher of the Deaf
Born and raised in Portland, Anne received a B.A. in government from Pomona College in Claremont, California. She spent six months in France during college, where she visited her French cousins each weekend and developed a love of the culture. After college, Anne worked at KINK Radio in Portland for 9 year as office manager and writer of an environmental feature, Subject: Earth. After her children, Colleen and Spencer, were born, Anne decided to stay home. She busied herself working in their classrooms, serving on PTAs, and lobbying Salem for more money for schools.
After her third child, Frances, was born with a profound hearing loss, which was identified at 7 months, Anne became immersed in a new subject: auditory/oral communication. She was fortunate enough to live just two miles from Tucker-Maxon, where her hearing children were attending preschool, and started Frances in their early intervention program right away. When Frances started kindergarten in the mainstream, Anne began work on a master’s in deaf education at Lewis & Clark. She has been a teacher of the deaf at Tucker-Maxon since graduating in 2005.
Anne was a presenter at two Oregon AG Bell conferences: Strategies for Developing Language in Children Who Wear Cochlear Implants, and Communication Options for Children with Hearing Loss. She also served on the board of the Oregon Chapter of AG Bell for four years and the Oregon Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Committee for four years. She testified in Salem in favor of passage of the Newborn Infant Hearing Screening law. She also helped create a video for deaf educators in Minnesota entitled Teaching Conversational Competence to Children with Hearing Loss. She received her Listening and Spoken Language Specialist certification in 2008.
In her free time, Anne enjoys fishing, hiking and kayaking at her family’s lake cabin in Washington, as well as running and walking her dog in her neighborhood. She also loves to read, work puzzles, cook, and knit.
Rick SorensenFinance Director
Rick Sorensen is almost a lifetime resident of Washington state. Rick has been the controller for two large non-profits in the Portland area: Mercy Corps and Medical Teams International. Rick received his accounting degree from Central Washington University in Ellensburg and passed the CPA exam a couple of years later. Rick began his non-profit accounting career as a finance manager based in Manila, Philippines for one year and then moved to Quetta, Pakistan for another year, both times with his family and while working for Mercy Corps. During his career Rick has been to 40 different countries, worked with and trained many accountants from various countries.
Rick and his wife, Janet (who is still his best friend) have 2 sons. Andy (and his wife Leah) are on an extended road trip across the US/Canada and Eric (and his wife Ellen) live in Portland. Rick likes to ride motorcycles, has a private pilot’s license, and loves to hike (with their 5 year old golden retriever), fish and camp.
Breanne ToneySpeech-Language Pathology Fellow
Emelia WesselArt Instructor
Emelia started her career at an early age, painting her way to better opportunities. After all, the scenery isn’t going to change itself. Eventually studying ceramics to keep her paint in, she learned the value of great color combinations and the delicate balance of chemicals needed to bring out the best colors needed to make her artwork shine.
Eventually she took up welding as an art form and built her first pair of scissors. While they wouldn’t cut, she got the bug of beauty and became a hairstylist. Emelia’s first real pair of scissors came from Paul Mitchell’s San Francisco Institute of Esthetics and Cosmetology. She sharpened those shears later in Portland at Bella Institute. When she isn’t being a stylist, commissioned artist, painting faces or doing make-up for events, she is working equally as hard and passionately to raise her beautiful 4 year old son Lucca.