Lincoln High School is pleased to introduce new staff for Fall 2018.
Welcome to our newest Cards!
Jeremy Johnson - Head Football Coach and Math Teacher
Jeremy Johnson is a lifelong learner and coach. He teaches high school mathematics and a Freshmen Leadership course at Lincoln. He has taught High School Mathematics, Computer Science and Informational Technology courses at Pacific Grove HS (CA) and ACCESS Academy (OR). Problem-solving and determining solutions are some of the reasons he loves teaching the courses he has taught.
This year begins his 13th year coaching high school football: 1 at his alma mater, Shadle Park HS (Spokane, WA), 7 at Pacific Grove HS (Pacific Grove, CA), and 4 at Oregon City HS. As a 4-year player at Willamette University (Salem, OR), where he majored in Chemistry (Biochemistry), Jeremy played both Tight End and Offensive Tackle. Teaching teamwork, trust, and integrity through the ultimate team sport of football are some of the reasons why Coach Johnson loves to coach and teach.
He enjoys spending time with his family outdoors and being active playing a wide variety of sports. Reading about new technologies, child development and learning, and complex math theories are more interests for Mr. Johnson.
Matthew Reed - Social Studies
Matt grew up among the almond orchards in the Central Valley of California, where he began cultivating his love of learning. Matt received his bachelors degree in International Studies from the University of Washington, focusing on international political economy, economic development, and social inequality. Upon graduation, he became a union organizer and took part in initiatives to raise living standards for workers across the Portland metro area and nationally. Deciding his passion for learning had not yet been satisfied, Matt completed his Masters in Teaching from Lewis and Clark College in 2016, and spent the previous two years teaching Global Studies, American Studies, Economics, and AVID at Westview High School in Beaverton. He could not be more thrilled to join Lincoln High School’s dynamic and innovative staff as a Social Studies and American Sign Language educator.
Matt’s inspiration to teach starts with his own experiences as a Child of Deaf Adults (CODA) and draws upon the lessons learned through his studies, travels, and organizing. For him, to teach is to have a profound belief and hope in the future. He believes that in order to create a more just and equitable future, our students need teachers who are willing to provide the critical skills needed today so that they are ready for the task.
When he is not teaching, Matt loves spending time with his partner, traveling to visit friends and new places, nerding out on nonfiction books, writing, cooking, bike touring, running, and sharing afternoon cups of coffee with friends. He is currently working toward a certificate in the Teaching of Writing from the Oregon Writing Project.
Neomi Navarro - Counselor
Neomi is a Portland native and attended school in PPS for her K-12 education.
She is a mother of two daughters and has been a mentor, a student advisor, a Head Start home visitor and finally decided to commit her time to High School students as a School Counselor.
She received her B.A. from PSU and her M.Ed from Lewis & Clark College.
Neomi loves the outdoors and makes it point to get out in nature as much as possible.
Anne Wolfstone - English
Yousef Yousfi - Math/Physics
A Northern California native, Yousef earned a Bachelor's of Science in Geology from San Francisco State University. Shortly after, he moved to Portland working in the environmental remediation industry, where his duties varied from climbing one hundred foot tall smoke stacks at factories to collect air emission samples, to cleaning up sites with contaminated soil and groundwater. Though the geology work was fulfilling, Yousef has known since he was in high school that he wanted to be a teacher, which can be attributed to the amazing teachers that made a positive impact in his life, as well as coming from a family of educators. He earned his Masters of Arts in Teaching from Concordia University in Portland with endorsements in physics and advanced math, and his student teaching experience was completed at Lincoln High School, so he is already familiar with the fun and inviting environment of Lincoln. This, combined with his professional experience and his passion for teaching, will be a tremendous asset to his patterns physics and AVID classes he will be teaching.
When Yousef is not teaching or planning instruction for his classes, you will find him enjoying the many activities that Portland has to offer, as well as going to the movies at least once a month, the comic book shop, or enjoying a Portland Timbers game
Melanie Hammerickson - Culinary Arts
Rebecca Eisenberg - Social Studies
Rebecca Eisenberg is originally from Oregon, but is coming to Lincoln from northern Virginia. She is a graduate of Beaverton High School, has a bachelor's in History and Political Science from Oregon, a master's in Teaching from Pacific, and a master's in History from Portland State. She is currently working towards her PhD in International Education from George Mason University. Rebecca is excited to begin her 16th year of teaching Social Studies. She loves engaging students in lively debates, promoting civic responsibility, and helping students find meaning in history. Rebecca will be teaching IB History 3/4, U.S. History, and Inquiry and Leadership. In her free time, Rebecca likes to spend time with her family and friends, run, travel, and read.
Elizabeth Cannon - ESL Teacher
Liz Cannon grew up in Florida and Missouri but has lived and worked in Portland since 2004. She graduated with a B.A. in English and Spanish from Washington University in St. Louis. Following graduation, she taught school in Bangalore (Bengaluru), India. She then lived and worked in Oxford, England for two years before moving to Portland to attend the Master of Arts in Teaching program at Lewis and Clark. Liz taught English and English Language Development at Gresham High School and Hosford Middle School before joining the Lincoln faculty.
She hopes to offer emerging bilingual students at Lincoln a nurturing and stimulating environment in which to improve their English. She feels so honored to help welcome new students to Lincoln, Portland, and the United States.
When she is not teaching, she is spending time with her family--her husband, daughter, and son. She enjoys running, hiking, reading, knitting, cooking, spending time with friends, and watching the Thorns and Timbers play.
Chuck Slusher - Math
Erik Velasquez - Spanish
Erik was born in Medellín, Colombia. At twelve years old he began studying music, and continued along this path, receiving his Bachelors degree in cello performance from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia and his Masters degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. Erik was active as a professional musician in Colombia and Texas, as a teacher and orchestral musician. He played for eight years in the Orquesta Filarmónica de Cali, Colombia. While in Cali he also taught lessons at the Universidad del Valle, and Pentagrama, a youth music program. In 2015 he moved to Portland, where while continuing an active performing career, he is also pursuing a second Masters in education at PSU. He began working for Portland Public Schools in 2017 as a Spanish teacher, and in 2018 teaching Franklin high school teaching Spanish and AP Literature. He is excited to join the team at Lincoln High School this year!
Shamai Larsen - Counselor
Shamai’s first 18 years were spent in rural Dillingham, Alaska, the daughter of elementary school teachers. Her desire for an assured escape led her to enlist in the Army in 2003 as a dental assistant, being stationed in Germany, Tennessee, and Washington. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Health and Human Performance from Austin Peay State University, where she received high accolades as an ROTC Cadet and Division I Track and Field and Cross Country athlete. She commissioned as a Medical Service Corps Officer in 2010, and after her obligation and ten years of active duty service, decided to transition from the military and pursue her dream of working with young people. She received her Master’s in School Counseling from Seattle University in 2016 and worked for two years as a counselor at Gresham High School. Shamai still competes in long distance running events, often with her little dog Rosie, and enjoys exploring Portland and the surrounding areas, stand up paddle boarding, dinner parties and game nights
Kim Bliss - IB Coordinator
A graduate of Portland Public Schools and the University or Oregon, Kim briefly studied law before beginning his career as a public educator teaching US History and Spanish in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, NYC. In 2007 he returned to the Northwest to continue his career at Hillsboro High School, where he has been the IB Coordinator and TOK teacher for the past several years. In his summers Kim enjoys traveling, and has participated in several NEH and Fulbright study abroad programs for secondary educators that have taken him to South Africa, China, and the Galapagos. Kim brings “IB for all” results-oriented experiences, and a deep commitment to inquiry, international mindedness, and social justice with him to Lincoln. It has long been a professional goal of Kim’s to return to the Portland Public Schools, and he is incredibly excited to join the LHS community.
Lori Lieberman - Librarian
Lori Lieberman grew up in the wilds of Albany, OR where she rode her horse and raised bees through 4-H. A graduate of University of Oregon with a B.S. in journalism and political science, Lori went on to obtain a J.D. from University of San Francisco School of Law and a M.Ed. from Portland State University. Lori worked as a law librarian at large law firms in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Upon moving back to Oregon, she worked as a library assistant at Capitol Hill Elementary School and Jackson Middle School. For the past three years she has been the teacher-librarian at West Sylvan Middle School and da Vinci Arts Middle School.
Lori loves reading all types of books except thrillers because they scare her and then she can't go to sleep! She enjoys traveling to book conferences, meeting authors, and geeking out over books. Besides reading, Lori likes to travel, bake, sleep, and hang out with her family. She has recently installed a Little Free Library in front of her home and she likes stocking it with signed copies of new books that few of her neighbors seem to appreciate.