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Elise Huggins

Vice Principal

I love my job! I get to work in support of amazing students and alongside dedicated, compassionate, and caring staff. I know all students can be successful if provided with the right learning environment. Reconnection Services connects students to schools that provide creative and supportive learning environments - places where students experience success.

“Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down.”
- Charles F. Kettering

 


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Jessica Montas-Mendoza

Outreach Coordinator

I am a Portland native and a graduate of Lincoln High School. I have worked for PPS for over 12 years, in a variety of roles, and have been an Outreach Coordinator since the spring of 2018. What I love about my current role with Reconnection Services is that I get to work one-on-one with students and support them in moving forward in reaching their educational goals. This work is important to me because I believe all students should have a voice in school choice and in what they want or need from their educational experiences. I know that all students can accomplish their goals when their voices are lifted, heard, respected, and honored.

“Outreach Coordinators have the privilege of working with the most intelligent, resilient, and determined students in PPS. It is an honor to be able to help lift up their voices so that others may see their brilliance.”


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Rashad Taylor

Outreach Coordinator

As a proud graduate of US Grant High School, I understand the impact that a community of positive adults can have on a student's success. I love working with students because it's an opportunity to help mold young minds and personalities. Something I know to be true is that all students have a gift and when surrounded by caring adults they can realize their full potential and do their part to change the world that they live in.

“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is the little extra.”


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Sharde Dennis

Sharde Dennis

Outreach Coordinator

I am a native of Portland, OR and attended all PPS schools and graduated from Lincoln High School. I come from a long line of educators and have seen how education has transformed lives: both professionally and personally. I am happy to serve and advocate on behalf of our next generation of leaders. Being an Outreach Coordinator has brought me joy in being able to assist students in their path of success.

“Keep reaching towards success.”


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Redstone Rodolfo Serna

Outreach Coordinator

I grew up in Chicago facing a lot of the same struggles as our students do today so my work is my way of healing the community including myself. To see the students' potential revealed and the joy on their faces when they succeed is a big reason why I do this work. I know that students can accomplish their goals if we support them in their efforts.

“Without our elders  to show us the mistakes of the past there can be no future for the children.”


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Taneisha Manning-Granville

Outreach Coordinator

I was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. Within my family, I am a second generation Portland Public School student and one of four who graduated from Jefferson High School. I love being able to work directly with students because they remind me of myself and all the questions that I had when I was their age. My experience working with students spans 20 years; with students from early education to college. In my current role as a Reconnection Services Outreach Coordinator, I enjoy assisting students  with navigating the academic system and introducing them to the unique school choice options available to PPS students.  I do this work because it is a way for me to plant into the next generation and it gives me an opportunity to encourage young adults to become their highest selves. I believe that all students have a gift and can be successful when given time to develop and when given the mentoring that often challenges them to go past their own self-perceived limitations.

“It is easier to build strong children than repair broken men."  - Frederick Douglas