New Staff Bios!
Dr. Jason Breaker - Counselor - Dr. Breaker grew up in SW Washington and graduated from Ridgefield High School (home of the Spudders). 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 Ida B. Wells High School (previously Wilson High School) in 2002 as a school counselor. Since that first position at Ida B. Wells High School, he has worked at several PPS schools as both a school counselor and school administrator. Additionally, Dr. Breaker has experience as a district office administrator overseeing student services in PPS and the Renton School District, which is located south of Seattle. Dr. Breaker comes to Lincoln with a strong background in mental health and supporting all students. When not working, Dr. Breaker enjoys spending time outdoors engaging in climbing/mountaineering, canyoneering, hiking, cycling - oftentimes with his dog Baker by his side.
Alex Park - Counselor - Alex was born and raised in SW Portland, and graduated from the “other” SW Portland high school, Ida B. Wells. He headed to the midwest for college, graduating from North Park University in Chicago with a BA in History and Secondary Education. After college, Alex served as an Americorps volunteer at Woodlawn Elementary in NE Portland, before heading back to Chicago to take a job as a middle school English teacher. The mountains and forests of Oregon eventually drew him back to his hometown, and he spent 12 years teaching history at a middle school in NE Portland before deciding to get his Masters in School Counseling from Lewis and Clark College. Most recently, Alex was working as a counselor at Scappoose High School. Alex is really excited about joining the Lincoln community and to be working in PPS, the district where his own journey in education began.
Outside of work, Alex loves riding bikes on gravel roads, camping, fishing, listening to music, watching Blazer games, and most importantly, spending time outside with his wife and two daughters.
Kayleigh Rose - Mathematics - Kayleigh Rose is a lifelong New Yorker (time spent in the country, suburbs, and city) who is excited to relocate and begin a new teaching adventure at Lincoln High School. She is passionate about inquiry-based learning, making meaningful connections, social justice, and believes nothing beats an “Aha!” math learning moment.
Kayleigh studied mathematics and education at Ithaca College, earning both her Bachelors of Arts and Masters in the Art of Teaching. From there she moved to Brooklyn, where she taught math and computer science for the past thirteen years. She engaged herself in multiple learning opportunities while teaching, including coursework at Teachers College, participating as a Master Teacher with Math for America, and spending a few summers with the Park City Mathematics Institute.
Outside of school, Kayleigh enjoys being active by biking around the city, hiking, and going to the gym. In her downtime, she enjoys getting lost in podcasts, music, fiction, and theater.
David Valenzuela - Science - David has been in education for the last 10 years in various positions and roles. Before moving to Lincoln High School, he served as a Vice Principal at Roosevelt High School for the past two years. Although he enjoyed administration, Dave wanted to make the jump back into the classroom where he felt his true passion- teaching and learning. Before administration, Dave taught at McDaniel High School as a Biomedical CTE teacher and won numerous awards including Oregon OnPoint Teacher of the Year in 2017 and was the recipient of the Murdock Charitable Trust Partners in Science grant. He feels very fortunate to have found educational success and wants to continue his passion for authentic research in the classroom at Lincoln where he will be teaching Patterns Physics and Biology.
Dave hails from New Jersey and obtained his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Neuroscience from NYU and Brown University, respectively. He also holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Education. In his free time, Dave enjoys hiking, running and spending time with his wife and two young kids. Go Cards!
Beth Bundy - Art/CTE - Beth Bundy is excited to be joining the Visual Arts and CTE departments as a Photography and Graphic Design teacher.
Beth has been teaching art since earning her fine arts degree from Birmingham-Southern College (Birmingham, Alabama) in 1998. Before finding her home in Portland, she lived and taught in many special locations including Samoa, Sun Valley, Idaho and Quito, Ecuador. Although she has experience with many art forms, her interest in digital arts has recently led her to teach photography and graphic design at Oregon Connections Academy and Franklin High School.
Beth believes that teenagers are in an especially creative time in their lives. She enjoys teaching the design process and technical skills to support students in formulating and expressing their ideas. She also incorporates mindfulness into the practice of art making. She hopes to inspire all students to envision how they can also use these skills in their future lives.
When not in the classroom, you can find Beth exploring Portland and the Pacific Northwest with a camera in hand and her 8-year-old son and husband by her side. She loves to experiment in the garden and the kitchen, create art using a laser cutter and stays healthy through yoga, running and swimming.
Jacob Hockett - PE/Health - Raised in Salem, Oregon. Jacob graduated from Western Oregon University with a BS in Exercise Science and a minor in Public Health. He then attended Willamette University and obtained a MAT in Teaching. In 2017, Jacob completed the Leading for Racial Equity certificate program from the University of Portland. He started his teaching career in 2013 at Lane Middle School and then worked at Ida B. Wells for the last seven years. At the conclusion of the 2017-2018 school year, Coach Hockett was awarded as the PIL Assistant Coach of the Year. Jacob will be joining the Baseball coaching staff in the spring.
In his free time, Jacob enjoys weightlifting, cycling, reading, cooking, and long walks in nature.
Andrew Jehle - Mathematics - Andrew is joining the Lincoln High School Math department this year after student teaching here last year.
Andrew has spent most of his life on the East Coast: growing up in Vermont, receiving his BA in Mathematics in New York, and teaching for 3 years in Massachusetts. He made Portland his home nearly two years ago, and is currently finishing up his Master’s degree at Portland State.
When he is not teaching, you can usually find Andrew exploring the outdoors via running, skiing, hiking, etc.
Heather Seely-Roberts - Physical Education - Heather Seely-Roberts is a long time educator and Oregonian native. She was born and raised in Corvallis and went to her beloved Oregon State where she graduated with a masters in Home-Economics Education and a PE endorsement. She has taught and coached at high schools around the state including David Douglas, Ashland, Lakeridge, Canby and Sprague. She spent four years as the head Women’s basketball coach at Southern Virginia University when she decided she wanted to return to Oregon and coach boys basketball. She was most recently at Yamhill Carlton High School as head boys coach and Dean of Students at the middle school.She is married to Jason with five children - two of which will be attending Lincoln with her - Moroni and Malachi. She loves to hike, socialize, teach group exercise classes and take care of her chickens (she has 16 and one rooster) along with her cat.Bozena Barton - Speech Language Pathologist -D. Bozena Barton is a nationally credentialed Bilingual Speech Language Pathologist starting her eight year as a school-based therapist. She received a BA degree from Northern Arizona University, completed her post BA-education in Communication Disorders and her Master's degree in Speech Language Pathology from California State University. Bozena was born and raised in Europe and learned English after relocating to the US as a 3rd grade student. Her experience as a Speech Language Pathologist includes working on multidisciplinary teams in public and non-public schools as well as pediatric rehabilitation clinics. She is a graduate of the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities from Children's Hospital Los Angeles, certified in Social Thinking curriculum, PROMPT articulation therapy, AAC as well as language intervention services rooted in serving culturally and linguistically diverse students.Bozena lives in North Portland with her partner, 2 crabby cats and neurotic rescue dog where they hike, bike, garden and travel every chance they get. She's also a ceramicist so most nights she can be found elbow-deep in mud throwing clay in her home studio.