Teachers

Alisha Christiansen
Teacher
Alisha Christiansen brings her life-long love of teaching and learning to Park Academy. With a background in higher education theatre teaching, she enjoys working with students as they discover acting, voice and articulation, theatre appreciation, performance writing, directing, dramatic structure, and theatre history. She’s an active member of Portland Playwrights (PDXP) and will be co-producing one of her scripts with […]
Lucy Healey
Direct Support Staff
Lucy Healey grew up in Portland, graduating from Central Catholic High School – Go Rams!  She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Portland. She took many classes in education and discovered a passion for working with students in a classroom setting after volunteering as an educational assistant. Additionally, she has spent the past four summers working […]
Sofia Hussain
Teacher
Sofia Hussain grew up in Cupertino, California (the birthplace of Apple computers) and completed her undergraduate degree in Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley. She then moved to the University of South Florida to complete her Master’s degree by studying the molecular evolution of sea urchin genes and worked in an immunology lab at a Comprehensive Cancer Center. She met her […]
Mary Mollway
Assistant Head of School
Mary Mollway is a 24-year education veteran. She has served as a classroom teacher at the middle and high school levels, school site administrator, a district-level coordinator of curriculum and instruction, and as an adjunct faculty member at Ashford University in their education program. Her areas of expertise are intensive reading intervention for secondary students and second language acquisition, particularly […]
Susan Ramirez
Teacher
Susan Ramirez has a passion for implementing multisensory instruction coupled with the power of positive self talk as vehicles to empower students possessing language learning difficulties. Susan trained at The Blosser Center for Dyslexia Resources many years ago where she was mentored by Orton-Gillingham Founding Fellow Dorothy Blosser-Whitehead, Cathy Wyrick and Sharon Marsh. With a Master’s Degree in Reading and […]
Patti Voelker
Teacher
Patti Voelker graduated from the University of Portland with a Bachelor of Arts in Education, a minor in German, and a mathematics endorsement. Over the years, she obtained endorsements in Middle School Science, Social Studies, and English Language Arts. Patti began her career teaching 6th-grade Humanities and then transitioned into teaching middle school mathematics. She spent several years as a […]
Maddy Roach
Teacher
Mrs. Roach teaches Reading to all ages at Park Academy. Maddy grew up in a family with a focus on education. She married her high school sweetheart in 2007 and they now have two sons. Maddy attended Portland State University where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Family Studies. She continued her education at PSU and received her […]
Linda West
Counselor
Linda West has a passion for empowering students to develop their potential and fulfill their post-high school education and career goals. She began her career teaching English overseas and to immigrants in the U.S. She worked in the Beaverton School District as a guidance and college counselor.  Most recently, she worked in The Early College Program at Portland Community College, supporting […]
Sandy Nemer
Teacher
Sandy Nemer’s passion for teaching started while teaching English and German in Japan. She is a graduate of The University of Idaho with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, and a Masters Degree in Education and Psychology. She has been a primary K-8 teacher, Educational Coach and now specializes in Dyslexia. Sandy is a certified Associate in OG […]
Chris Morrison
Teacher
Mr. Morrison teaches high school history and has been at Park Academy for twelve years. Chris grew up in a variety of places, including Chicago, southern California, and Arizona. He attended the University of California Santa Barbara, Marymount Palos Verdes, and graduated from the University of Arizona where he completed his student teaching in secondary education. This is Mr. Morrison’s […]
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