Administrators

Patrice Mays
Interim Executive Director
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Patrice Mays is a native Oregonian, whose family has been here since the early 1920′s. She attended Portland State University, where she received a Bachelors in Social Science, and a Masters in Educational Leadership and Policy, with a focus in Adult Education. Her background includes advising PSU students at the Advising and Career Services Center, and coaching participants of the Community Works Project at finding jobs and keeping them. She has diverse and extensive experience in supporting individuals in setting and achieving their goals.

Patrice has been a part of the Trillium community for three years, most recently as a High School instructor and advisor, for the Health class and Internship cohort. She is the single-mother of an amazing high school student, and an equally amazing 4th grader. Trillium is fortunate to have someone with her passion for our students, families, staff, and teachers, during this critical transition period. She is excited to bring our community together.

Michael Koopman
Head of Lower School
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Michael Koopman attended the University of Oregon, where he received a Bachelors in Theatre Arts. Originally from La Grande, a small town in Eastern Oregon, nestled in the Blue Mountains, he settled in Portland, which had more opportunities for the aspiring actor. But, a part-time job working with children at the Kids Community Learning Center (in northwest Portland) changed everything. He found a profession that he cared about more than acting, and devoted his life to Education.

Michael attended Lewis & Clark University, where he received his education credentials, and has since worked in education for 10 years. He worked at KCLC for six years, and then landed at Trillium. Before entering his current role, Michael taught a 4th – 5th grade blend class for three years. Joining a school administration was part of his long-term plan, so he is thrilled to begin the journey at a school that he has gotten to know and love so well.

Darnetta Shaver
Head of Upper School
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Darnetta recently relocated to Battle Ground, WA from Lexington, KY, where she enjoyed a diverse career in Education, starting as a college Lab instructor, before spending the next ten years teaching middle school Math and Science. In the past five years, she has worked extensively in the International Baccalaureate (IB) and Gifted and Talented programs in her district. She holds degrees for Middle Grade Math and Science Curriculum and Instruction, with minors in Communication and American Sign Language; and a Masters of Teaching, with a concentration in Gifted Education and Environmental Education. Coming from a traditional school environment, she is looking forward to working in a democratic school, with its increased emphasis on community involvement. She believes that it takes a village to raise a child. In her personal time, Darnetta is raising her two children with her husband, and enjoys snowboarding Mt. Hood, and all of the outdoor recreational activities that the Pacific Northwest has to offer.

Isaiah Jackson-Ramirez
Student Support Specialist
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Isaiah was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. He attended Marylhurst University in Portland, where he earned a Bachelors degree in Literature and Creative Writing, and later went on to study Psychology and Somatics at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Here, his research centered on the power of play to address childhood trauma, build resilience, and develop social-emotional skills.

Isaiah began working with youth ten years ago, in a preschool setting, where he quickly realized that more goes on at school than learning how to read, write, and recite facts. Schools is a microcosm of the larger, complex world, its politics and social dimensions, in which students discover what kind of human they can be and, eventually, decide on essential aspects of their character.

As a progressive educator, Isaiah’s mission is to create school environments that reflect the change he wishes to see in the world. As an individual, his mission is to bring about healing in the world, through the care and enrichment of young lives. His life and callings are shaped by a multi-racial, queer identity, which has been curved and contoured by the waters of trauma and resilience

When he’s not working, Isaiah enjoys spending time with family and friends, making music, cooking meals, writing, and frolicking in the woods with his dog, Sam.

Sharon Mabaet
Office Manager
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Sharon Mabaet is a native North Carolinian (a real Southern Belle!), who moved to Portland in 1993 with her husband Virgilio, who is Philippine. They have one child, a daughter named Cipriana, and a Lhasa Apso named Charlie. She enjoys spending time with her family, camping, reading, volunteering with her church and Thespians at Milwaukie High School.

Sharon has an AS in Paralegal Studies, and has worked in diverse service positions, including four years at a bankruptcy firm, and two years at Freightliner. She was excited to begin serving students and families, when she took an office job with the Multnomah Education Service District, and now Trillium!

Kay Kennett
Community Liaison
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Kay Kennett attended Wheaton College (MA), where she earned a Bachelors degree in English Literature, with a concentration in Poetry, and Women’s Studies. Read her poetry here. Having grown up in a small town in New Hampshire, she decided to spend her first few years after college exploring the Great American Cities. Through participation in AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps VISTA, Kay has seen and served in Reno, Nevada; Austin, Texas; and Portland, Oregon.

In Portland, Kay was placed at Trillium, where she coordinated service learning and field trip opportunities, spearheaded a fundraising campaign for student-initiated campus beautification projects, and managed an afterschool tutoring service. In her current role, Kay provides marketing and communications support, to facilitate healthy relationships within our school community, and between Trillium and the community at-large. Additionally, she assists with events and event-based fundraising.

Preston Brennan 
School Chef
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Food is such a huge part of children’s development, and I am honored and thrilled to serve the Trillium Community in this role!

Eduardo Gonzales
Building Maintenance Coordinator

Eduardo Gonzales has built an extensive career in building maintenance. Prior to coming to Trillium, he was a project supervisor for many years. At Trillium, he works in the evenings, and could use volunteer support during his off hours. Please catch up with him after school to coordinate.

Eduardo has a son and daughter, with a wife who is an incredible cook, and keeps them all very happy with home-cooked meals everyday. He is an avid collector and gardener. Lately, he is focused on kites, and is especially proud of his kite collection.