New Staff Jay Breslow, Principal –Born in Bend, Oregon, Jay grew up in New Jersey and spent his formative years in Hillsboro, Oregon. He earned a doctorate in Education Studies in 2015 with a focus on teacher education, creativity and social justice. Jay strives to be a skilled facilitator, specifically in designing discussions to help schools create successful pathways for student graduation. In other words, Jay is a great guy, an eager listener, and wants to help TRCS students and staff meet their highest potential. Say “hi” when you see him at the school.
New Staff Shelby Allread, Administrative Assistant – Shelby grew up in Washington State and received her undergraduate degree at Western Washington University. Her strong interest in education and the outdoors has taken her many places, from studying abroad in Peru, to working as a Water Conservation Intern in California, to starting with Northwest Youth Corps as a Crew Leader upon moving to Eugene. Shelby is always looking for opportunities to learn new skills and grow, and is passionate about working with underserved populations. Some of her favorite activities include traveling as much as possible, backpacking, snowboarding, and taking it easy indoors playing pool or snuggling with her cat.
India John, Math Teacher – Born and raised in Nashville, TN, India has always had a passion for the outdoors. Her interest in catching any and all reptiles was soon overshadowed by her passion for rocks shaped liked countries, manifesting as a B.S. in Environmental Geology from Beloit College in southern Wisconsin. Upon graduation, India began her journey around the country, stopping first in in the Catskills in NY to lead teen trips and teach Environmental Education to 5th graders. Finding a passion for working with youth outdoors, India moved to Gig Harbor, WA where she spent two years teaching Outdoor Environmental Education on the Puget Sound before coming to Eugene and ODS. When not here at NYC, India enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee (go Disco Inferno!), biking, going on hikes, and dancing. She also plans to tan an animal hide by the end of the year.
Caleb Patrick, AmeriCorps Outdoor Educator –Caleb was born and raised in Eugene, Oregon. Aspiring to follow in the footsteps of great local runners, Caleb ran cross-country and track in high school and college. He graduated from University of Oregon in 2014, with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Psychology. Caleb was an assistant cross-country and track coach for Sheldon High School for the past few years, and has backpacked through the Wallowas, spent six weeks working with youth in Bolivia, and performed at the Hult Center. Caleb enjoys running, playing guitar, backpacking, and traveling.
Kristin Fisher , AmeriCorps Outdoor Educator -After spending time chasing monkeys in Costa Rica, and teaching middle school in West Oakland, Kristin joins Twin Rivers Charter School as our science instructor. When not experiencing the magic of learning with her students, you can find Kristin exploring the outdoors or printmaking on a Vandercook Press. Kristin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology and English Literature and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Science and Biology from the University of Michigan. She is excited to be a part of the process that brings confidence to our students’ unique voices, both in and out of the classroom.
Jordan Colon, AmeriCorps Outdoor Educator –Jordan was born and raised in Hollywood FL, then relocated to Ft. Myers for his middle and high school years. He was the first in his family to graduate with a college degree, which he received from Florida International University in 2014. Since then he has served with conservation corps in Minnesota, and now in Eugene! He is planning to study alternative medicine and ultimately plans to have an integrative care system to help serve others.
Dan Rousseau , Garden Coordinator – Dan was born and raised in the South Puget Sound region of western Washington where he learned to love tromping through the woods on rainy days. He then traveled across the country to western North Carolina, earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and Environmental Science from Warren Wilson College in the process. He has roamed all over the country, working as an environmental educator and wildlife technician in the Pacific Northwest and along the Gulf Coast and seeing the sights everywhere in between. When Dan isn’t teaching, he is still tromping through the woods on rainy days, playing music, and cooking delicious food.