Teachers

Maggie Skyler
Teacher
Maggie Mae Skyler was born in Wisconsin and grew up in many states in the U.S.  She graduated from A.G. West Black Hills High School in Tumwater, Washington.  Mrs. Skyler received an AAOT degree from Central Oregon Community College in Bend, Oregon.  Earning her a Bachelor of Science in General Science with a minor in Spanish and Mathematics from University […]
Jennifer Sellers
Teacher
Jennifer was born and raised in the Chicago area where she grew up in a family of Chicago newspaper journalists and gained a strong appreciation for reading and writing. She has lived in Portland for the past 15 years. Jennifer earned a Master’s in Education, with a concentration in the Science of Reading from Mount St. Joseph University. Her training […]
Eric Gundel
Teacher
Eric Gundel was born in Charlotte, North Carolina and lived there until moving to Florida in High School.  While there he began working with kids in a before and after school program at a local elementary school.  He remained in Florida through college, attending St. Petersburg College and spent seven years in Denver, Colorado before moving back to Florida. Eric […]
Christine Allen
Teacher
Christine Allen grew up in Kirkland, Washington with her parents, twin sister and brother. She attended Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington where she earned her teaching degree and became an elementary classroom teacher for grades ranging from 1-6.  After a few years in Bellingham, she moved to the Hawaiian Island of Oahu where she continued her teaching career. After […]
Cliff Poage
Associate Head of School
Cliff Poage has spent his 20 year career in education in unique settings providing specialized support for students. After beginning his career as an Occupational Therapist working in neurological rehabilitation and mental health settings, Cliff served a teacher before helping start an alternative program in the North Clackamas School District where he taught Health, PE and Science. In 2007 Mr. Poage […]
Alex Davis
Alex Davis
Substitute Teacher
Alex Davis is an Oregon native with a strong connection to nature. The abundance of life found in Portland’s temperate rainforest, inspired a love of animal biology. This eventually led him to Oregon State University where his passion became his focus and earned a Bachelor’s of Science, in Zoology. Since then Mr. Davis has worked with several science museums, as […]
Katey Flack
Katey Flack
Administrative Coordinator
Katey joined Park Academy in 2021 as a part-time administrative assistant and aide. Mrs. Flack’s responsibilities include attendance, managing the front desk, and volunteer coordination. Katey is a native Oregonian and previously worked as a kindergarten teaching assistant at Catlin Gabel.  In her free time, she loves to read (she discovered the perfect pairing of the Libby app and kindle […]
Deirdre Plaster
Teacher
Deirdre Plaster was born in Spokane, Washington and loves calling the Pacific Northwest home.  She graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics Education with a minor in History. She has taught mathematics for over 25 years at all levels as a private educator for students with a wide range of learning abilities. This allowed her […]
Katharine Phelps
Teacher
Katharine was born in Puerto Rico, where her father was a visiting scholar at the University of Puerto Rico at the time, and then moved with her parents to Brazil and Lafayette, Indiana in the United States. Her two younger brothers came on board along the way, and when she was seven her family moved to Eswatini, a small country […]
Susan Shuford
Susan Shuford
Counselor
Susan Shuford is passionate about helping students nurture and grow their unique gifts and talents, work through personal challenges and fulfill their educational and career goals! Susan began her professional career as a Clinical Therapist, has been a Counselor and Director of Counseling at the university level, and for 12 years worked overseas as an International School Counselor in China […]