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Katie Pippel

Katie Pippel was born in Boise, Idaho, where she enjoyed camping, hiking, canoeing, and cooking with her family. She moved to Salem, Oregon to attend Willamette University, where she majored in English and headed several student organizations: a community service group, dance troupe, and a writers circle.

After graduating from Willamette, she began working as an Instructional Assistant at Barbara Roberts High School. RHS was the alternative program for the district, the student population was largely composed of ESOL students, neurodivergent learners, and students in danger of dropping out. She loved the small class sizes and diversity of the student body and found inspiration in their successes in the face of many challenges.

She moved to Lake Oswego so her husband could attend law school at Lewis and Clark. She worked as an artist, performer, and substitute Instructional Assistant in Oregon City, always gravitating toward small and alternative programs with students facing intersecting challenges.

She attended Marylhurst University for her Masters degree in the Art of Teaching and discovered the alternative school for the West Linn/Wilsonville school district: Arts and Technology High School. She completed her internship there, with notable success in her Poetry unit, which sparked a poetry slam and extracurricular poetry club. She was then hired on as faculty and taught Language Arts to 9-12 grade students.

Upon moving to Clackamas, Katie searched for another opportunity to work in an environment where she could work with neurodiverse learners and discovered Park Academy. She is excited to be a part of their program and has received a warm welcome to the team, as middle school Language Arts teacher.

Katie spends her free time doing art, writing, dance, and caring for her tortoiseshell cat, Matilda, and her black lab/aussie shepherd dog, Zelda.

Email: kpippel@parkacademy.org