Graham Turner joins the “Primary Nest” classroom, co-teaching in the K-1st grade. In deciding to become a teacher, Graham will add another Masters degree to one he already holds in Counseling, Family, and Human services from the University of Oregon. He also brings eight years of therapy experience working with children and families, both in private practice and elementary schools. Before this first career, Graham studied at Macalester College, majoring in Womens, Gender and Sexuality Studies. He grew up in Beaverton.
Anna Mairs now co-teaches in the K-1st grade “Primary Den”. Originally from New York City, Anna ventured to Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada for her undergraduate studies. She brings a passion for and experience with facilitating place-based education and outdoor experiential learning with 1st graders in Sackville, New Brunswick. Anna also engaged in deep study of biology, geography and poetry—all important facets of life at Arbor School!
Leah Martin-Rosenthal joins the 2nd-3rd grade Junior Up team, having graduated from Oberlin College in Ohio this past January. While at Oberlin, Leah developed her own Education Theory and Practice major and coached her peers in ESOL teaching methods while studying language pedagogy and Spanish. She also ventured into local public schools to teach 2nd grade philosophy and Spanish classes.
Lydia Hoffman now co-teaches in the 2nd-3rd grade Junior Down classroom. She moves from Portland Waldorf School where she worked as an aftercare lead teacher, applying teaching practices gained from study toward a Waldorf Teaching Certificate and student teaching in 3rd-6th grade classrooms. Lydia grew up in Northern California and graduated from Sonoma State with broad preparation in Liberal Studies.
Ella Smoot joins the 4th-5th grade Intermediate team this year, moving south from Seattle where she worked as a Resident Teacher at the University Child Development School. Prior to that, Ella was a Senior Field Guide in Durango, Colorado, facilitating wilderness based therapeutic interventions for both adult and adolescent groups. In the midst of her studies in psychology at DePauw University, Ella ventured to South Africa and participated in a semester-long program at University of Cape Town. She brings backcountry leadership and naturalist’s experience to her work with children and to Arbor. Ella has enjoyed her first couple weeks of school getting to know the Intermediate routines and students. She looks forward to embarking on a journey alongside the students to explore ancient history, constellations, and the timeline of the universe!