Anna (Spanish Instructor)
Anna has spent the last 15 years working with children of all ages, backgrounds, and special needs. For 12 years she was a lead teacher for Albina Head Start. For the last 4 years she worked as a Spanish teacher for Portland Early Learning Project teaching after school classes and summer camps. It is through these experiences she has immersed herself in a variety of best practice teaching techniques and methods. Through these practices Anna provides an individualized, experimental, creative and fun learning environment for all children. Similar to her students, her Spanish began at an early age as part of her academic studies. Anna continued her studies in Spanish at University of Barcelona, Spain and Portland State University, earning a Bachelors of Arts in Early Childhood and Family Studies and a minor in Spanish.
Erika (First Aid/CPR, Wilderness Survival, Disaster Preparedness)
Erika, originally from Colorado, has worked as an EMT, on a Search and Rescue Team, a Disaster Responder and Instructor for the American Red Cross and a trainer for the City of Portland Neighborhood Emergency Teams. So basically, she’s prepared for anything! She understands that people have their own learning styles and she loves teaching and empowering people to be “good in an emergency.” She has a Degree in Patient Advocacy from Cleveland State University.
Erin (Yoga, Strength and Stretch)
Erin Nova is from from Lafayette, Louisiana, and lives and works in Northeast Portland and beyond. Erin is a yoga instructor, personal trainer, and specialist in women’s fitness, balance, and flexibility. Coming from a track running background, she turned to yoga in college when she broke her leg running. She loves teaching and training in groups or one-on-one, focusing on how breathing deeply and well can change the way you feel and live. Erin believes that if you can breathe and move, you can do yoga and get stronger than you ever imagined!
Gabby (Spanish Instructor)
I am a native Spanish speaker from Argentina. I graduated as a Spanish teacher and also had a degree as a Social Worker. Teaching is my calling and I know that. This is what I am supposed to do, specifically teaching in Spanish language classes. I can say from professional experience that being fluent in Spanish has opened many doors for me. Learning a new language not only allows you to communicate with others, but it also unlocks a deeper level of critical thinking. I am very excited to have the opportunity to work with the preschool students in the immersion program. I look forward to helping them develop their Spanish language skills among the other great things they will learn in the program. I LOVE working with children.
George (CPR/First Aid, Wilderness Medicine, Martial Arts)
George has been practicing emergency medicine for about 13 years in the Portland area. He spends all his free time with his young family. He is a certified CPR/First Aid instructor through the Red Cross. He has also trained in various martial arts such as Brazilian Jujitsu and Kickboxing for over 20 years.
Gina (Martial Arts, Dance)
From the age of 5, Gina’s father has introduced her to Okinawa Shuri-Te Karate. Nicknamed ‘Sensei’s daughter’ in the dojo, Gina soaked up teaching techniques and has instructed all ages as well as held women’s self defense workshops. She trained under Anita Sanford as company member of Dance Northwest in Eugene Oregon and is currently a member of FreshVibe, a dance company. She has a B.S. in Environmental Studies with 5 years of experience as a Park Ranger.
Heather (Kids and Family Yoga)
Heather completed her Next Generation Yoga for Kids Teacher certification in 2015 and 2016, and had the joy of teaching yoga to over 200 children in her first year. Since completing a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher training in 2016, she has pursued additional training through Yoga Calm (Levels 1-3), Trauma-Informed, Brain-Sensitive Yoga Teacher Training through the DAYA Foundation, Street Yoga, Living Yoga, and Yoga 4 Teens.
Heather has supported kids and families in Portland for over 20 years, and now uses yoga, mindfulness, storytelling, and writing to help kids and families build self-care and compassionate communication.
John (Wilderness Medicine)
John's all over the place. He works as a paramedic on a medevac helicopter, Captain and sailor, and Executive Director for Back Country Medical Guides. Not sure if he sleeps often. He's worked as an EMT and Paramedic for 16 years in Santa Cruz, Seattle, Jackson Hole, and Bozeman, MT in a variety of contexts- from the ambulance to ski patrol to helicopter. John has degrees in Neuroscience and Biochemistry from Montana State University.
Judy (Barre, Yoga, Movement)
Judy, movement educator, was born in San Francisco, CA where her dance training began at the age of 16. During her teen years performing on stage, she was awarded best choreographer and was nominated to showcase a contemporary dance piece at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She also competed in swimming and rowing which led her to pursue a degree in Kinesiology and Dance in 2009. Upon graduating from SJSU, she has taught private and group fitness to all age levels 3-82. She understands the importance of adjusting the class when appropriate so everyone can have a safe, educational, and fun time exercising. With her background with teaching Barre, Yoga Trapeze, Pilates, Bootcamp, and TRX she is passionate about teaching you how to sustain a healthy, strong body!
Megan Gross (Gymnastic/Tumbling)
Megan Gross is an accomplished dance/gymnastics instructor with over twelve years’ experience with a strong background in children’s gymnastics, hip hop and contemporary dance techniques. Megan also has experience teaching a wide range of styles also including ballet and stretch & strength to students of all ages from 3 years old to adult seniors.
Mike (Wilderness Medicine)
After growing up exploring the beautiful Northwest, it's not surprising Mike's path led him to Bozeman, MT where his real exploration of the backcountry began. Pursuing a passion, his journey continued to medical school after two years of adventure traveling through the South Pacific and Europe. Mike spent the next chunk of his life skiing the Wasatch and biking the Utah desert while training in Emergency and Wilderness Medicine. He now works as an ER physician in Portland, OR and ski doc at Mt. Hood.
Moki Barragán Cajigal is an RYT-200 and has been teaching since 2014. She was a very resistant yogi in the beginning, and even used to sneak out before savasana because she just didn’t know what she was missing! The anatomy and physiology of yoga was what first struck Moki and she noticed the benefits immediately in her running and soccer matches. Her classes are always based on medicine and science and she takes continuing education in both the university and yoga settings to inform her teaching. This extra education helps her to work with people with physical limitations and injuries, something she really loves to do. She is the mother of two- a darling little two-year-old girl and a handsome 20-year-old at FSU. She loves to work with “inflexible” people and athletes and believes in the power and magnificence of the body. Her dream is that you will walk away from her class knowing and accepting yourself just a little bit more.
Taylor Baker graduated from Pacific University Oregon in ‘17 with a BA in Dance. Her choreography, based on the human experience, was presented at the American College Dance Association Northwest conference in 2016 & 2017. Since moving to Portland, Taylor has had opportunities to choreograph and perform. She was part of Pacific Dance Ensemble & 11:Dance Co. She has worked with artists Emma Portner, Ching Ching Wong, James Healey, Mary Hunt & others. She trained, performed & choreographed in the professional company at Polaris Dance Theatre in 2017. Taylor currently teaches & choreographs in the Portland area- In 2018 her work received numerous awards & placed overall at several competitions, in group and solo works. She enjoys sharing her passion for movement with young aspiring dancers.