Mel Lindsay

Phone: (503) 916-5737 x76057

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Mel Lindsay

 I'm so thrilled to be the K-5 Visual Art Specialist here at MLC.  I'm a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado with a BA in Visual Art Education and am currently completing my Master's at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, in Art Education, Studio Focus.  

 My joy is bringing the story of art, along with the tools, techniques, and my enthusiasm for making art, to young learners,  in order to inspire young artists (and all learners ARE artists!) to find their visual voice.  My goal is to create a welcoming, compelling classroom and curriculum that invites inquiry, discovery, and risk taking in a nurturing environment.  

Along with making art, I enjoy singing,  I sang professionally before returning to college, and still sometimes solo around town.  My personal goal is to SING MORE.  I also love swimming, the outdoors, travel, throwing dinner parties, and my beloved dogs. Oh, and of course, art making - especially printmaking and pastels.



 Avril Munro

Phone: (503) 916-5737 x76022

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Avril Munro

I have been teaching primary students  for PPS since 1995.  I have taught in a blended first and second-grade classroom for most of my career, including 13 years here at MLC.  This year I am excited to be embarking on my second year with our kindergarten students.  This change has been a rich and rewarding challenge in my life as a teacher.

 Teaching our youngest students continues to energize and challenge me. I was incredibly fortunate as a very young teacher, to have mentors who were deeply grounded in an understanding of child development, believed in the importance of active engagement, and modeled what it meant to observe and listen closely. These mentors continue to influence every decision I make.  

 I love the earnestness, curiosity, creativity, and sense of fun that come so easily to our youngest students.  I believe in their ability to solve problems and the inherent wisdom and kindness that they bring to our classroom. I believe that children learn by doing, through active engagement with one another and with our world. I believe that our children’s play IS their work in the world, and it is my job as a kindergarten teacher to provide an environment that is rich in possibility, inspiring children to wonder, ask questions, solve problems, and to learn to care deeply about themselves, others and the world we live in.

 I have found my school home here at MLC.  This is truly a place where people choose to come and to stay.  I am so appreciative of the hard work and commitment to children that I witness in our staff.  I am grateful to be part of a community of families that extends so much of themselves to our school. I have two grown sons, a beautiful daughter in law, and two wonderful grandsons.  I live in SE PDX with my soul-mate and two crazy cats.  I love to garden, be out in the wilds, dance, cook and be with the people I love.



 Anna Sapienza

Phone: (503) 916-5737 x76029

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Anna Sapienza

I have been caring for children for as long as I can remember.  I come from a big Oregon family and was naturally drawn to working with children.  My earliest education job was in outdoor education as a Program Leader at Outdoor School.  It was by far the most fun job that I have ever had!  I also spent several years working as an Educational Assistant for special education classrooms all over Multnomah County.  

 In between those jobs, and while I put myself through college, I also did a wide variety of jobs to pay the rent.  I sold fancy shoes, waited tables at a local brewery, and did customer service at a grocery store.  

 As a grad student at PSU I was lucky enough to land myself a student teaching spot at MLC.  That was 12 years ago!  With the exception of one crazy year teaching Kindergarten at Bridger Elementary, I have been here at MLC teaching third grade ever since!
Into this amazing learning environment, I bring my hard-work ethic, my innate curiosity, my passion for the natural world and the privilege of learning from all sorts of kiddos over the years.

Interests

 Travel! I wish every person could have the opportunity to travel to another country.  I have experienced lots of amazing places in our beautiful world...I can't wait to explore more!

Renovating old houses!  Yep, we're onto our second 100+ year old house.  Wish us luck!
Spanish- I have studied it for almost 8 years...now I just need more practice talking!
Reading- Oh the places my mind has been, thanks to reading.
Gardening-  I am a happy lady when I get to hang out amongst the flowers and dirt all day.



 John Walrod

Phone: Phone: 503-916-5737 x 76031

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John Walrod

I've been at MLC for 10 or 11 years now depending on how you count and consider this place to be my home.  I started out way back student teaching with Susan and took a job as the kx6 special education teacher.  After a few years, there was some reshuffling and I took my current 1x2 classroom spot.  
I LOVE primary age students - they love school and learning and are absolute sponges for what we present them.  I am very strongly rooted in Experiential Learning (EL) and believe that this quote by Kurt Hahn sums up my beliefs nicely:

"I regard it as the foremost task of education to insure the survival of these qualities: an enterprising curiosity, an undefeatable spirit, tenacity in pursuit, readiness for sensible self-denial, and above all, compassion."

Prior to my teaching life, I was a professional bicycle racer and lived a life of cause and effect and natural consequences.  The real world is a far better teacher than I could ever be, and so my goal is to enable my students to get those lessons from life.



 Sarah Walden

Phone: (503) 916-5737 x76032

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Sarah Walden