Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. Chau Phan Mende

Ms. Phan grew up in Portland and continued her studies at Bryn Mawr College, completing her BA in chemistry and concentration in biochemistry. As soon as college ended, she returned home to the Pacific Northwest and her family. Post college was filled with additional science and art courses, research work at a biotech company, and soaking outdoor time rock climbing and mountaineering. As a lifelong learner, she later returned to study interior architecture at U of O. 

When her career path took a slight bend, a shift in purpose involved mothering, school projects, and life experiences that connected general systems (economic/social/local communities) to environmental systems. These years fueled a desire for social action, and starting in 2015, she began work in her children's elementary and middle schools to reduce lunchroom waste and focus on school-wide waste management systems. This direction led her to become a certified Master Recycler and carve an unconventional path to becoming a certified science teacher. She has a STEM/ESOL MAT from Pacific University.

She is looking forward to building connections with all her physics and chemistry students, repackaging science learning as a social enterprise that is accessible to all, and supporting students to discover themselves and their connection with the nature of science. She is excited about preparing students to become global citizens, engaged as conscientious and aware individuals with strong communication and scientific literacy. Furthermore, she hopes to instill the love of learning and become a steward of Earth, protecting human rights and all things living.

Ms. Phan lives with her three children and husband in Portland. She loves cooking, mushroom hunting, hiking/running, climbing, good reads, and eating with family and friends.


NGSS Physics 1-2 Syllabus

NGSS Chemistry 1-2 Syllabus