career advising

Our apprentices come to teaching from all kinds of prior experiences and have a variety of goals for their teaching careers.  Some come straight from liberal arts colleges; others join us later on to shift or hone their vocations. Prior to their teacher training, Arbor Apprentices have worked as Peace Corps and Americorps volunteers, counselors, outdoor education leaders, education policy specialists, health care professionals, and teachers in international schools.  They have studied fields such as biology, psychology, mathematics, environmental science, English literature, international relations, and history.  They all share an aptitude for extensive reading and reflective writing and a spirit of perseverance and dedication to bringing the best of themselves to their work with children. They go on to jobs in all kinds of schools—urban and rural, public and private, large and small. In collaboration with Marylhurst University, we advise and support our Apprentices through the job-search process. Even in the recently challenging job market, 100% of those who graduated from ACT with their MAT and Oregon licensure were employed in the field of education upon their graduation.  

Apprentice Backgrounds

Arbor Apprentices have attended the following colleges and universities:

  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • Bennington College
  • Carleton College
  • Claremont-McKenna College
  • Colorado College
  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Kenyon College
  • Lewis and Clark College
  • Macalester College
  • New York University
  • Oregon State University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Portland State University
  • Reed College
  • St. John’s College in Annapolis
  • St. Lawrence University
  • St. Michael’s University
  • University of California, San Luis Obispo
  • University of Indiana
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Tübingen, Germany
  • University of Utah
  • Whitman College
  • Yale University


Job Placement

ACT graduates work or have worked in the following independent, public charter and public schools:

  • Arbor School of Arts & Sciences (Tualatin, OR)
  • Aurora School (Oakland, CA)
  • Beaverton School District (Beaverton, OR)
  • Bellingham Cooperative School (Bellingham, WA)
  • Canby School District (Canby, OR)
  • Catlin Gabel School (Portland, OR)
  • Eastside Preparatory Academy (Kirkland, WA)
  • The Gardner School (Vancouver, WA)
  • Gresham-Barlow School District (Gresham, OR)
  • LeJardin Academy (Kailua, HI)
  • Maimonides Jewish Day School (Portland, OR)
  • Molalla River Academy (Molalla, OR)
  • Opal School (Portland, OR)
  • Oregon Trail School District (Sandy, OR)
  • Portland Public School District (Portland, OR)
  • Presidio Hill School (San Francisco, CA)
  • Renaissance School of Arts and Sciences (Portland, OR)
  • Santa Barbara Unified School Districts (Santa Barbara, CA)
  • Southwest Charter School (Portland, OR)
  • Springfield School District (Springfield, OR)
  • Torah Day School (Portland, OR)
  • Touchstone School (Lake Oswego, OR)
  • Trillium Public Charter School (Portland Public Schools)
  • West Linn Wilsonville School District (West Linn, OR)