Wilson High School is pleased to introduce new staff for Fall 2018. Welcome!
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Keith James Early
Keith James Early earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon and a Masters of Arts from Western Washington University. He is in is 20th year as a speech pathologist and has served in several different roles at PPS:
Autism Consultant, District Behavior Support Team member, and Early Intervention Evaluator. His wife Betsy works at Rieke, his Daughter Adelle attends Robert Gray Middle School, and his new dog is named Ozzy.
Born to a pair of psychiatrists in Oceanside, California, Ben quickly adjusted and then moved to North Carolina before the age of one. He spent his childhood there, in Chapel Hill, where he became a lifelong Tar Heel fan before moving to Albuquerque, New Mexico, for his adolescent years. After attending college at Rice University in Houston, Texas, he ultimately moved across the country to settle in Portland with Amanda, his wife since 1995. Before becoming a teacher, he spent two decades in bookselling, including sixteen years working for Powell’s Books. He was employed by Powell’s Books in various capacities—as a manager, as a used book buyer, as the European book coordinator (for two years, while living abroad in the UK), and as rare book specialist—before leaving retail altogether, returning to school at Portland State University and pursuing a higher vocation in education. He has spent the past six years teaching at Sheridan High School in rural Sheridan, Oregon, where he served as the AVID Site Coordinator and an AVID elective teacher in addition to teaching numerous language arts classes, including college-level writing (121 and 122) courses. Ben has made student advocacy and social justice the cornerstones of his teaching practice. His (latest) vision statement: “Through my words and my actions, I will consistently foster inquiry, integrity, and kindness in all students.” In his downtime, he dotes on his heroic (and heroically patient) wife, plays around with his dog and cats, and tries to squeeze in as much reading time as he can.
Alexa grew up in SW Portland and attended Stephenson Elementary, Jackson Middle School, and Wilson High School. She graduated from Portland State with a degree in Math and Science and a minor in Mathematics for Middle School Teachers. Alexa received her MAT with an Advanced Math endorsement from Lewis & Clark College. For the past three years she has taught math at Jason Lee K-8. Alexa is excited back at Wilson and part of the community again.
English Language Arts
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Nabilah grew up in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and attended Hollywood Hills High School where she was inspired to become an educator herself. She then studied Secondary English Education at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton and obtained her Bachelor’s degree. Before Wilson High School she worked as a preschool assistant, and a second grade teacher. She was also an English teacher at Port St. Lucie High School for two years and has taught English I, English IV, ESOL English and AP English Language & Composition. She moved to Oregon for the rainy weather, waterfalls, and bookstores and thinks coffee is a basic food group.
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Emily grew up in SW Portland and received her education at Oregon schools. She graduated from Wilson HS in 2013. She then graduated from the University of Portland with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry followed by a Master of Arts in Teaching from University of Portland (Go Pilots!). She is excited to be returning to her alma mater teaching Sophomore Chemistry. When she’s not in the classroom, you can find her backpacking in the woods, working on her latest knitting project or performing around town.
Ms. Satoorian grew up in sunny Southern California and graduated from Crescenta Valley High School in Los Angeles. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, a Master of Arts in Education from Concordia University, and specializes in working with English Language Learners. She started her career in education at the same middle school she attended and has been a science teacher ever since. This will be her tenth year in education and she has taught in a variety of grade levels and schools both in California and here in Portland. Stephanie loves helping students discover that science can really help build skills that can be used both in class and in the real world. She is thrilled to be joining the Wilson Trojans!
In her free time, Stephanie loves being active and outdoors with her dog always by her side. She has a passion for baking sweet treats for friends and family, loves to read, crochet, and explore the beauties of the Pacific Northwest.
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Amelia Unsicker grew up in SW Portland, and attended Mary Rieke Elementary, Robert Gray Middle, and Wilson High School. She received her professional ballet training from Pacific Festival Ballet and the School of Oregon Ballet Theatre. In 2011, Amelia earned her B.S. in biology with a minor in dance from the University of Oregon. While studying science at UO, she performed as a soloist with Ballet Fantastique for four seasons. After graduating from UO, Amelia chose to follow her passion and continue dancing professionally in Portland, where she has worked with many renowned movement artists. In 2016, Amelia earned her M.F.A. in dance from the University of California, Irvine, and became a certified Pilates instructor through Studio du Corps in Orange County. Amelia is currently a freelance dancer and choreographer, and teaches dance and Pilates throughout the Portland Metro Area.
Amelia is thrilled to teach dance at her alma mater!
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Jessica grew up in Ohio and received a Bachelor’s degree in Communication. She began her career at the National Center for Higher Education in Washington, DC. She later earned her MA at the University of Colorado-Boulder and taught Communication, Writing & Rhetoric. Jessica moved to SW Portland 13 years ago and recently directed the Community Engagement and Service office at Linfield College.
Jessica is passionate about creating transformative experiential learning opportunities to help students discover their interests and pursue their life goals. When she’s not working with students, Jessica can be found hiking and camping with her family, dancing, or volunteering.
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Rayne is originally from Fresno, California, but has lived in Santa Cruz, Monterey, and for the past 12 years, Portland. She received her Bachelors of Science in Mathematics with a Minor in Sustainable Urban Development from Portland State and her MAT from Concordia. Rayne is excited to be joining Wilson as a fourth-year teacher. She previously taught at Jefferson High School and Laurelhurst K8. When she is not teaching math, she enjoys hiking, biking, swimming, and exploring with her friends and family.