career advising

Our Teacher Residents come 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 Teacher Residents 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 Pacific University, we advise and support our Teacher Residents through the job-search process. 

Teacher Resident Backgrounds

Arbor Teacher Residents have attended the following colleges and universities:

  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • Bennington College
  • Carleton College
  • Claremont-McKenna College
  • Colorado College
  • DePauw University
  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Kenyon College
  • Lewis and Clark College
  • Macalester College
  • Mt. Allison University (New Brunswick)
  • New York University
  • Oberlin College
  • Oregon State University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Portland State University
  • Reed College
  • Sonoma State University
  • 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
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • 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)
  • Ventura Unified School District (Ventura, CA)
  • West Linn Wilsonville School District (West Linn, OR)