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Mr. Paul Bubl



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Mr. Ian Camp

Mr. Camp is a graduate of Sunset High (though his wife went to Wilson). Before teaching, he founded Stoneworks Climbing Gym in 1993 and worked for 10 years as a copywriter at a Portland ad agency. In idle moments, he dreams of strumming a guitar in a western swing band.



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Mrs. Stephanie Cranley

Mrs. Cranley joined the RGMS community in 2019. She began teaching middle school in 2002 in San Francisco, California. Mrs. Cranley earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art from the University of Minnesota, a post-bachelor teaching certificate from Colorado State University, and a Master’s Degree in School Administration from Portland State University. When not teaching, she loves to travel, spend time with her kids, hang out at the beach, read books, and practice yoga.



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Mrs. Elisabeth Early

Mrs. Early teaches sixth grade Language Arts. She joined RGMS in 2020 from Rieke Elementary. She and her family live, work and attend school in the Hillsdale community. When not working she can be found traveling, gardening and walking her dogs.


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Mr. Ryan Hook

Mr. Hook teaches 8th grade integrated science. "I love helping students build things and solve problems," he says enthusiastically. A graduate of both U of O and OSU, Mr. Hook is an unabashed platypus (an egg-laying mammal). In his free time, he enjoys camping, fly fishing for steelhead, hanging out with his kids, and biking uphill to work.



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Mr. Nick Kapranos

Mr. Kapranos teaches Social Sciences 7.  He earned a BA from the University of Notre Dame and MAT from the University of Portland.



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Ms. Michelle Lefevre

Michelle Lefevre is the Health Teacher at Robert Gray Middle School for 6th, 7th and 8th grade classes. Ms. Lefevre teaches concepts related to physical, emotional and mental health alongside the K-12 health skills which are taught at every grade level. The K-12 health skills practiced and learned include decision-making, goal-setting, advocacy, interpersonal communication, self-management, analyzing influences and accessing valid information. The middle school health concepts that span over the 3 year program include alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention, comprehensive growth development and secuality education, child sexual abuse prevention and violence prevention. A favorite saying of Ms. Lefevre for health students is, “Getting an “A” in health is not about getting an “A” in a class. It is about getting an “A“ in life.”



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Mr. CJ Mead

Greetings! After working for youth development programs in schools for over ten years, I joined Robert Gray in 2013 teaching Social Sciences. I have a Bachelors in History from Portland State University and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Lewis and Clark. When I am not teaching I am spending time outdoors with my wife and two children, writing and playing music (guitar, mandolin, ukulele, singing), and watching Blazers, Timbers, and Chicago Cubs games. I love teaching Social Sciences here at Robert Gray. It is my most favorite thing in the world!



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Mr. Jacob Jonas-Closs

Mr. Jonas-Closs grew up in Boston but has lived in Portland for over a decade. His time in Portland began with him getting his Masters in teaching from Lewis & Clark. He has taught in Portland Public Schools for over five years, but has also done work as a substitute teacher and a part time-mental health counselor. Being a true Social Sciences/Language Arts teacher two of his favorite things are reading, and studying history. When he is not in the classroom, or reading, he is often gardening, hiking, watching the New England Patriots play football, or spending time with both his adorable orange cat, Atticus, and friendly Red Heeler Rusty.



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Mr. Sean Nowland

I cut my teeth as a student teacher at Robert Gray and taught my first year at ACCESS Academy. I graduated from PSU with a BA in Chinese and received an MAT from Concordia University.

I spent most of my adult life as a professional musician, and therefore as a painter and construction worker. I am a martial arts instructor; I have a black belt in Chinese kungfu and a yellow belt in Braziliian jiujitsu. I plan to incorporate as much filmmaking, music production, and art as possible into the curriculum. I love to ride my bike up Mount Tabor and I have a big fat fluffy orange cat named Summie Bear.



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Ms. Melissa Sabga

Ms. Sabga is a geologist turned math and science teacher. She is excited to join the RGMS team as a 6th grade math teacher. She loves teaching 6th grade and is especially excited to be at her neighborhood school.

Outside of the classroom, Ms. Sabga gets her geology fix by traveling to places that have volcanoes with her family. She also enjoys playing ice hockey, photographing owls in the neighborhood, and hanging out with her cats.


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Mrs. Tanya Spring

I am a 7th grade math teacher at Robert Gray and the school wide TAG facilitator. My bachelor’s degree is in education from Western Oregon University and master’s degree is in administrative policies from Portland State University. I was born and raised in Oregon. I currently live in Fairview, Oregon with my youngest daughter Megan who is a sophomore at Reynolds High School. My son Kaelin is a senior at Oregon State University, and my middle is a freshman at MSU Denver. We love the outdoor adventure especially in the summertime when we can go camping, hiking, paddle boarding, and boating.


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Mr. Michael Street

Mr. Street teaches 8th grade math. He joined RGMS in 2021-2022. He earned his undergraduate degree from U of O and his MAT from University of Portland. In his free time, he loves doing anything outside.



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Mr. David Wages

David Wages has taught in elementary, middle school language arts, math and science, and high school math and science. He brings this experience into his science classroom teaching across the science curriculum with strong writing and math elements.

David and his wife, Melissa, moved from So. Cal., to Alaska for an adventure and enjoyed the subsistence lifestyle for 13 years. They then moved to Portland, so Melissa could specialize in Pediatric Dentistry and they fell in love with our SW communities and Robert Gray. Their two children attended Robert Gray and are thrilled with Wilson for high school.

Mr. Wages is currently engaged in a doctoral program focused on teacher development and very much enjoys working with student teachers as they develop toward excellence.