Odyssey Teachers

Name
Position
Email
Teacher Grades K-2
Teacher Grades K-2
Teacher Grades K-2
Teacher Grades 3-5
Teacher Grades 3-5
Teacher Grades 6-8
Teacher Grades 6-8
Teacher Grade 8 Spanish
  • The K12 CLUSTER TEAM

    Kate Wilebski
    I joined the Odyssey family in 2008. I have taught in multiple clusters and have enjoyed growing and learning as an educator with each experience and passing year. Born and raised in Portland Or I am a true native. I attended college in Ashland Or where I fell in love with hiking, skiing and all things outdoors. I have a wonderful family, extended family and Odyssey family. I love being a teacher.

    Edie Howard
    Edie graduated from CSU Sacramento with my BS Degree in Recreation and Parks. No job openings for Park Rangers so then I enrolled in the Roston Montessori Teacher Training Institute and taught in Montessori schools for ten years. 

    Married and had two wonderful children. When they were both were old enough I went back to school and received my teaching license from the University of Portland. After graduation, my love for the natural world lead me to take a 2 week summer course, “Teachers on the Leading Edge”. We traveled in a school bus to the coast and then crossing back across the state to the Snake River Canyon, learning about the geology of Oregon all along the way. I just love rocks!

    I live in SE Portland with my  husband Richard, son James and my Yorkie named Sansa. Our daughter, Dagnie just graduated OHSU Medical School and is now doing her residency in Tucson at the U of Arizona Medical School. 

    I have been working in PPS since 2004 and joined the Odyssey K-1-2 team in 2012. I enjoy camping in my new trailer, crafting and quilting. I especially love working with such a wonderful community here at Odyssey.


    Sue Gregoire

    I was born in Pennsylvania and was raised on the east coast. I graduated with a degree in Elementary Education from the University of Richmond in Virginia where I started my teaching career. I came to Oregon in 1992 where I taught Kindergarten in West Linn Wilsonville as well as getting a Masters of Arts in Teaching at Lewis and Clark before being a stay at home mom for a few years. I am the proud mom of 3 girls. My youngest daughter Erin attends Columbia University. Emma is a Senior at Azusa Pacific and my oldest daughter Hayley has just begun her professional career at Nike. I got back into teaching in the preschool setting before coming to the Odyssey program in 2014. I have always felt the most passionate about teaching young children. I am recently enjoying learning to play the guitar so I can bring some music into my classroom. I am so thankful to be in such a wonderful community of educators and families and be part of an amazing program!

    In my free time I enjoy playing USTA team tennis, cooking, outdoor recreation and reading. I love to run, ski and spend time with my daughters.

    The 345 CLUSTER TEAM

    Dawn Furstenberg
    Dawn Furstenberg is beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to begin her teaching career here at Odyssey. Dawn moved to Portland in 2012 from Southern California in search of the perfect cup of coffee and a fresh new start for her life.  She was drawn to Portland because of all of the beautiful trees, the thriving art scene, and of course, the numerous coffee shops! She is a professional artist who studied art in college among the Redwoods at UC Santa Cruz and in the desert heat of the San Fernando Valley at CSU Northridge.  Dawn went to graduate school in 2017 to obtain her Master of Arts in Teaching, in order to finally realize her childhood dream of becoming an elementary school teacher. Besides teaching, Dawn has a passion for yoga and meditation, long meandering walks around the many parks of Portland, and drawing while enjoying a fresh hot cup of locally roasted coffee. Dawn and her partner Tom live in NE Portland with their two kittens; a brother and sister dynamic duo named Fred and Ginger.


    Heather Mankowski
    Heather is thrilled to rejoin the Odyssey crew! A native Oregonian, Heather received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Washington, and her master’s degree in education from the University of Illinois, oh so long ago. She has worked in many educational settings and with many different populations, from teaching children in Japan, to educating adults at a farm labor camp in NE Oregon.

    Heather sees herself as an educational facilitator, looking for ways to foster children’s innate spark for learning and sense of wonder. She especially enjoys Odyssey’s collaborative, team approach for students and teachers, and believes that we all learn better when we learn together.

    Heather lives in SW Portland with her son, Kyoo Hyun, and her husband and best friend, Eric. Recently, she began a new chapter in her life as a parent of a college student when her daughter, Mikaela, began studies at Western Washington University last fall.

    On weekends, you can find Heather on a trail in search of wildflowers, on the river kayaking, or in the barn with her beloved horse, Peaches. She loves books and great literature, and always takes time to read when she travels. In fact, you will find a copy of Jane Austen in Heather’s backpack wherever she goes.


    DeDe Marron

    DeDe Marron first fell in love with the Odyssey Program during the 2011-2012 school year, when she stepped in for Kate Wilebski who was on maternity leave. After that, DeDe was hooked and instantly felt connected to the students, staff, school community, and Odyssey's core values. She continued to be a "go to substitute" for our school until she was hired as a part time core support teacher to the 2nd grade team at Mary Rieke Elementary. Prior to that, DeDe had been working as a substitute teacher for Portland Public Schools for five years. DeDe attended Portland State University, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Fine Arts with a concentration in painting and her Masters of Education Degree. 

    DeDe lives in Milwaukie with her husband, Chris, daughter, Harper, and their funny pointer-boxer mix, Stanley. On the weekends, you can find DeDe working on home improvement projects with her husband, puddle jumping with her daughter, and keeping her dog from eating all of their daughter's snacks. Together as a family, they enjoy visiting the National Parks during the summer and have a goal to visit all of them one day. 

     


    The 678 CLUSTER TEAM

    Alan Damon
    Alan Damon began at Odyssey in 2003 and has over 30 years teaching experience in the Portland Public Schools. From the beginning, Alan has embraced the core values of the Odyssey Program by team teaching with Marion Grassley and Susan Anderson (founders of The Odyssey Program), using cooperative learning, differentiated instructional practices, integration, and other Odyssey essentials, for eleven years at Chapman Elementary. For four years, Alan took on the challenging and rewarding task of teaching mathematics to Jackson Middle School students. For the 2003-04 school year, he returned to Chapman to assist with the work of expanding Odyssey to its current configuration as a K-8 program at Hayhurst. Since then Alan has been focused on developing curriculum and teaching in the Odyssey 678 program. He is very excited that we now have our own school building at East Sylvan. 

    Kristina Rothwell
    Kristina began her studies of English Literature with a minor in drama, from Middlesex University in London, where she lived for almost 10 years. Odyssey students regularly benefit greatly from her rich performance background! After returning to Portland, Kristina worked in customer service for the Hanna Anderson’s children’s clothing company and as a paralegal for a criminal defense lawyer. She returned to school in 2002 earning a Masters Degree in teaching from the University of Portland. After teaching reading and Language Arts at Kellogg Middle School for one year, Kristina worked as a sub before joining the Odyssey staff. In Summer 2019, Kristina attended the National Endowment for Humanities Summer Teacher Institute in New York City where she studied women in the American Revolution and Civil War. A fun fact is that Ms. Rothwell’s two children have both attended Odyssey’s 678.

    Harmony Brinks
    Harmony is from Las Vegas, Nevada, where she attended University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She followed in her mother's footsteps by becoming a teacher (though her mother eventually became an elementary school principal). During her undergraduate studies of math and secondary education at UNLV, she student taught in Galway, Ireland. She began her teaching career as a high school math teacher in Las Vegas, but then moved to Portland to start a life with her now-husband Judah. She came to Odyssey in 2010 to teach advanced math and then quickly became the science teacher and a literature teacher for the 678 cluster. While teaching at Odyssey, Harmony earned her Masters of Science in Curriculum and Instruction from Portland State University. In Summer 2019, Harmony attended the National Endowment for Humanities Summer Teacher Institute in Lowell, Massachusetts where she studied social movements and reform during the American Industrial Revolution. She currently lives in Southeast Portland with her husband Judah and dog Archie. She loves films, podcasts, music, traveling, and occasional crafting.

    Jack Rainey
    After 5 years teaching within Portland Public Schools and 7 years with San Francisco schools (and many years in business in between), Jack came to Odyssey 7 years ago to offer Spanish 1-2 to students of the 8th grade Odyssey program. The majority of his day is at Jackson Middle School where he teaches classes of 1st and 2nd year Spanish to 7th and 8th graders; then moves to Hayhurst for the mid-afternoon class.

    He has collaborated with Wilson High School teachers of Spanish and administration to enable his 1-2 and 3-4 program students an opportunity to achieve a full 1 credit (for each course) toward the 2-credit high school foreign language graduation requirement. His Hayhurst 8th grade students will have the opportunity to receive 1 credit toward the foreign language requirements for graduation.

     

    These bios were revised Sept. 30, 2019