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Jenny Baber


Introduction: I am a certified teacher who has tutored privately and in a professional learning center for the past twenty years. I received my teaching degree for Indiana University and have taught in Indiana, Ohio, and Oregon school districts.

I have gained valuable experience from tutoring in learning centers and school districts. I incorporate my knowledge and and curriculum in my private tutoring/class sessions. Nothing can take the place of enrichment classes to give your child the extra edge he/she needs for school success.

I have experience with SAT/ACT, IOWA, OAKS, HSPT, SMARTER BALANCED and Cogat testing. I also edit student essays. Enrolling your student in enrichment classes is great way to maintain a student's positive outlook on his/her studies while at the same time improving specific skills.

Teaching Course(s):
SAT/PSAT/ACT: Reading, Writing, and Essay

Meredith Goddard


Introduction: Meredith Goddard has a decade of high school teaching experience in public and private schools. Most recently, Meredith spent five years at Catlin Gabel School where she started the school's economics program, created a new 9th grade social studies curriculum, directed Senior Projects, and founded Startup Camp, a weekend-long entrepreneurship challenge open to all Portland area high school students.

Meredith is passionate about breaking down the barriers between school and the world. She left the classroom to launch Five Years In, an educational initiative to prepare young people for the future of work. Meredith develops learning experiences and strategies to to provide young people with the skills, connections, experiences and online presence needed to thrive in the innovation economy.

Meredith is also a strategy coach for students to define and find success in the world outside of school. Her "In & Edge" coaching is designed to help students translate their academic successes to workplace needs, claim a mission statement, develop a powerful network, and own a compelling online identity that invites opportunities now and into the future. She is passionate about helping young people overcome the "experience gap" and preparing students to thrive in a freelance world.

Teaching Course(s):
The Founder's Edge: Strategic Entrepreneurship in an Era of Innovation
Innovation Workshop: Making Ideas Happen
The Side-Hustle for Students: Strategy and Income for the Freelance Future of Work

BHARATH NAMBOOTHIRY


Teaching Course(s):
Mathcounts/AMC 8

Kim Pruski-Dehnert


Introduction: Kim Pruski-Dehnert has been working with children for over 25 years in diverse educational, cultural and socioeconomic settings which have included Montessori Philosophy, Talented & Gifted, Waldorf Education, and teaching in Japan, Mexico, India and Nepal.

Kim strives to foster an educational environment rich in collaboration, creative expression and inquiry-based challenges which lead to exploration, self-empowerment and ownership of one's learning. Kim received her BS degree in Elementary Education from Illinois State University in '91 and continues to enrich her professional development through continuing higher education classes at Pacific University, Portland State and the Michael Institute.

When she is not teaching, Kim enjoys spending time with her 3 daughters. She devotes time to indulge in the expansive natural wonder here in the Pacific NW, including hiking, yoga, the fine arts, live music performances, community-based enrichment and multi-cultural events.

Teaching Course(s):
Creative Writing 5-6-7

Zhikui Ren

Education: M.S. Electrical Engineering

Introduction: I have been working as a software engineer for high tech company for 20 years. I coached and mentored Lego team for 5 years.

Teaching Course(s):
Math League Contest 6th Grade
Math League Contest 5th Grade
Algebra Readiness
MATH CHALLENGE I-A
MATH CHALLENGE I-B
MATH CHALLENGE I-C

Oregon Hope Chinese School


Introduction: Oregon Hope Chinese School (OHCS) is an Oregon state and IRS-recognized public benefit nonprofit organization that was founded by a group of professional educators and parents in 2005.

Our mission is to teach the community about Chinese language (Mandarin, using Pinyin and simplified characters), culture, and heritage, without discriminating based on race, color, religion, or national origin. Children as young as two and half years old can enroll and learn Chinese. Gifted, dedicated educators make learning Chinese Mandarin fun and entertaining, and educational for your child.

Anna Sell

Introduction: Armed with a BA in Theater Arts as well as a Professional Training Program Certification from the Dell'arte International School of Physical Theater, Anna Sell has set out to change the minds of youth through teaching. Although theater is Sell's primary discipline, she finds that the art form encompasses more than just performance.

Sell's teaching career began over a decade ago. Since moving to Portland five years ago, she has taught at several PPS schools in their enrichment programs and is currently on staff at PHAME Academy, teaching a variety of music and theater classes. She is thrilled to be joining the teaching team at MiT as the public speaking and creative writing instructor. Sell aims to bring forth both seriousness and playfulness from her all her students.

Teaching Course(s):
Elementary School Public Speaking 2
Elementary School Public Speaking 1

Jason Shi


Teaching Course(s):
Middle School Public Debate & Mock Tournaments

John Spurgeon


Education: B.S. Computer Science

Introduction: John Spurgeon graduated from Purdue University with a degree in computer science. He worked as a computer programmer at Intel Corporation for twenty years and currently teaches AP Computer Science courses at Valley Catholic High School.

Teaching Course(s):
The Art of Computer Programming

Ali Wayne


Introduction: Ali Wayne is a career teacher who works with people of all ages to continue to learn and grow. With a start and extensive experience in early childhood education (ECE), her focus had been in helping people to reach their potential with continued education and support.

Ali believes that all children deserve the same opportunities to educate themselves and grow. The world depends on the generations of people younger than us. If we ignore them, they too will ignore us. If we teach them, they will learn to do better for themselves and the world around them.

Ali has worked in the ECE field collectively for 23 years. She brings with her the experiences of working with large corporations, non-profit childcare, and both public and private school systems. She uses this knowledge and experience to enhance the MiT schools education system and programs.

While Ali has received certificates, diplomas, and accreditations in the ECE field, she continues adding to her education with classes and training every year.

We welcome Ali as she joins MiT as our Director of Education.

Teaching Course(s):
After-School Program
Elementary School Public Speaking 2

Eric Winger


Introduction: Eric Winger is a noted Speech Teacher, Coach, and Engineer. He has been presenting and coaching for 8 years and has given hundreds of speeches, workshops, and presentations. Eric coaches students aged eight to eighty.

His speech teaching philosophy is that every student is a unique individual with special gifts to enhance and challenges to overcome. Eric understands that speaking is not something you can learn overnight; it takes instruction plus repeated practice to build effective habits which will result in confidence and improved communication skills. Perhaps most importantly, Eric's classes are fun!

Awards:
- 2012 District 7 Toastmasters Humorous Speech Contest Champion
- 2014 District 7 Toastmasters Evaluation Contest Champion
- 2013/14 Herb C. Stude Award for Educational Excellence
- 2016 Distinguished Toastmaster

Coaching Experience:
- Little Toasties youth speaking club founder and head coach
- Four year coach at Future Stars Toastmasters - A youth speaking club
- 2016/17 PTO President / ACMA School Beaverton, Oregon
- Destination Imagination team manager for 5 elementary and middle school teams
- Long-time judge for speech contests as well as debate competitions
- Sponsor of two winning students in annual Pamplin Media Group's Amazing Kid Award

Teaching Course(s):
Middle School Public Speech 1
Middle School Public Speech 2
Middle School Public Speech 3
Middle School Public Speech 1
Middle School Public Debate & Mock Tournaments

Weishan Xia


Education: M.S. Computer Science and Engineering

Introduction: I have been a software engineer with Intel for about 16 years. I love kids, math and end up with teaching kids math for the last 5 years. I enjoyed teaching kids and learned a lot from them too!

Teaching Course(s):
Math League Contest 6th Grade
Math League Contest 5th Grade
Cubing for Beginners
Algebra Readiness
MATH CHALLENGE I-A
MATH CHALLENGE I-B
MATH CHALLENGE I-C

Alec Xia



Teaching Course(s):
Middle School Public Debate & Mock Tournaments

Justin Xia


Education: Stoller Middle School

Introduction: Justin is currently a 6th grader at Stoller Middle School. He has attended many cubing competitions and his personal best for 3x3 is 13 seconds.

Teaching Course(s):
Cubing for Beginners

Qian Zhang


Education: M.S. Computer Science

Introduction: I have been a software engineer for over 20 years, currently working for Intel Security in Hillsboro.

I love science and sometimes math. I believe science education is vital to our children's future and should be fun and exciting.


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