Lincoln High School is pleased to introduce new staff for Fall 2017.
Welcome to our newest Cards!
Mary RechnerMary Rechner grew up on Long Island going to the beach and exploring New York City. She graduated from Swarthmore College with a degree in English Literature and Women’s Studies, completed her teaching certification at the University of New Mexico, and earned her MFA in Creative Writing at Antioch University, Los Angeles. She’s taught middle and high school Language Arts as well as writing classes at Portland State University, the University of Portland, and Portland Community College. Mary’s reviews and essays have appeared in publications such as The Believer, Propeller, Oregon Humanities, and the Oregonian. She’s the author of story collection Nine Simple Patterns for Complicated Women and her fiction has appeared in the Harvard Review, Gettysburg Review, Kenyon Review, and the New England Review. Most recently she’s been the Director of Youth Programs at Literary Arts where she helped to promote youth voice and writing through Writers in the Schools, the Verselandia Youth Poetry Slam, the Wordstock Book Festival, and in print and online student publications. At Lincoln Mary will be teaching Intro and Advanced Communications as well as Urban Exploration. When she isn’t reading or writing, Mary likes to go to galleries, museums, and plays. She also loves swimming in rivers, lakes, and oceans, but will settle for laps at the gym.
Born and raised in Oregon, Ellie Virlouvet earned her undergraduate degree in Paris, France, where she studied French and Literature. Ellie taught English for two years during this time, working with a wide range of French students. After living in France for five years, Ellie moved back to Oregon to begin her Master of Arts in Teaching at Marylhurst University. During the 2016-2017 school year, she had the fantastic opportunity to be a full-time student teacher at Lincoln High School in English and French. This fall, she is ecstatic to be back at Lincoln, teaching 9th grade English, French 1/2 and French 3/4. Ellie loves spending time with her family and dog, hiking, running, reading, and eating good food.
Melody Walker is excited to be joining the wonderful math department at Lincoln this year. Originally from Vancouver, BC, she finished high school in Canby, OR, but has spent most of her adult life in Portland. After working in escrow Melody decided to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a teacher. She graduated from Concordia University with a B.A. in Secondary Education and an Advanced Math endorsement. The first in her family to graduate from a four-year university or college, Melody is passionate about seeing all students consider the opportunities that college can open for them. Prior to coming to Lincoln, Melody taught Algebra 1-2, Geometry, and Algebra 3-4 at Grant High School. In her free time she enjoys reading math blogs, watching sci-fi with her husband, organizing, cooking, hiking, or just relaxing with family and friends.