Wilson High School is pleased to introduce new staff for Fall 2017. Welcome!
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Dr. Breaker grew up in SW Washington, and graduated from Ridgefield High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Washington State University, a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Lewis & Clark College, and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Seattle University. He started his career in education at Wilson High School in 2002 as a school counselor. His first administrative position was also here at Wilson High School in 2005-06 as interim vice principal. He has worked in two districts as a central office director supporting student services and as an assistant principal at Mt. Tabor Middle School.
Barry grew up in SW Portland and received all of his formal education at Oregon schools. He attended West Sylvan, Lincoln HS and Willamette University School of Law. He is a graduate of Oregon Episcopal School, Portland State University (Political Science) and Lewis and Clark College (MAT). Before teaching, Barry spent more than four years in each of the following fields: merchant marines (tugboats), reconnaissance (USMC), neurobehavioral research (OHSU), and home restoration.
In addition to teaching, Barry has served PPS as a mentor teacher, Dean of Students, intern administrator and varsity tennis coach. At Wilson, he looks forward to teaching ninth grade and working at a school where he can commute by bike. If he's not in the classroom, you may find him on a stand-up paddleboard, doing house projects, or volunteering for the Citizens’ Climate Lobby.
"I was born in Mexico but have spent half of my life in the United States. Specifically, Mount Angel, Oregon. I have attended schools in both countries. I graduated high school in Mexico before moving to the United States. In the US, I obtained all of my college education.
"At Portland State University I earned a Bachelors degree in Social Science and a Masters degree in curriculum and instruction. At George Fox University I earned my administrator’s credentials and a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership. I taught Language Arts and Social Studies in a bilingual strand in Woodburn School District after earning my Bachelors. I also served as an administrator in the Portland Public Schools District. Prior to working at PPS I worked as an Assistant Principal and the Equity and Community Outreach Director at North Clackamas School District.
"I live in Tualatin. I have many things to be grateful for, primarily my three children: a Willamette University graduate, a senior at George Fox University, and a sophomore that attends Rensselear Polytechnic Institute in New York. Our family believes that the only equalizer in society is pursuing an education. It is because of this belief that I will always do everything I can to relate this message to the families I serve. I am honored to be part of the Wilson family and look forward to serving you as one of your vice principals as I get to experience 'The Wilson Way.'"
"I grew up in Happy Valley, Oregon. My family moved to southwest Portland the summer before my sophomore year and I graduated form Wilson in 2009. I played three years of baseball and was lucky enough to earn a baseball scholarship to Concordia University. After being injured I returned to Wilson to coach baseball for two years. I then went back to Concordia University to earn my Masters of Art in Teaching. Last year I taught at Franklin High School. I am really excited to be back at Wilson and a part of the community."
Cassie Lanzas is delighted to join Wilson as the new teacher librarian. Prior to Wilson, she was the teacher librarian at Robert Gray Middle School and Skyline K-8, where she focused on digital citizenship and reading engagement. Cassie started her career in education as a social studies teacher at Grant High School, where she spent over ten years and focussed on AP courses and small learning communities.
Cassie holds a Bachelor of Arts from Portland State University, a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Lewis & Clark College, a Reading Endorsement with a specialization in Young Adult Literature, and an Education Media Endorsement from Portland State University. She is focused on increasing and developing reading engagement for all students, digital citizenship, and research and inquiry skills. She is also the Oregon Battle of the Books team coach. She spends her time outside of school with her family enjoying the wide variety of activities the Pacific Northwest has to offer.