High School Teachers

Jeff Van Vickle
High School Language Arts
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Colin Virshup                                         Photo and Bio coming soon!
High School Math
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Christina Aucutt
High School Science
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Not born but raised in Wisconsin, I attended the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and majored in Archaeology. That degree brought me to the Pacific Northwest where I worked as a research scientist in field archeology for 13 years. As an archeologist I travelled the entire northwest, seeing some of the most beautiful country in the world.

As a student, I struggled as a kid with ADHD in school. My passion for science and a few caring teachers made all the difference and I decided to pay that gift forwards. I then earned my graduate school teaching credentials from Portland State. Endorsed in social studies, integrated science, and biology, I intimately understand the struggles kids with learning disabilities face.

I see the world is an enormous science lab! I provide an integrated approach to science, make class hands on, and provide students opportunities to explore their own interests.
My free time is spent with my husband, son, and my dog Ira. We love to ski, hike, backpack, and travel. On Sunday’s you’ll find my watching the Greenbay Packers!

My claims to fame are meeting heroine Jane Goodall, Bill Nye the Science Guy, and meeting Fred Armisen when I was an extra on Portlandia.

Patrick Magee-Jenks
High School Social Studies
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Patrick brings to Trillium a vision of a school without walls, where learning happens out in the community. Patrick is drawn to creative tinkering—inspired by a range experiences from Burning Man to primitive bushcraft and homesteading skills— to provide learning opportunities where students tinker with materials and ideas freely, with a focus on process, not product, but also where learning is tangible and relevant.  A native of Denver, Colorado and raised mostly in the outdoors, Patrick likes to share opportunities for exploration and creativity, where the principles of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Social Studies are learned as side effects of integrated constructivism. Patrick’s interdisciplinary gaze is responsive to emergent student interests and passions. His teaching has been largely shaped by experiences in traditional and non-traditional Outdoor and Wilderness education, Montessori elementary teaching, international travel, urban dwelling, youth mental health activism and sociological inquiry. “Young people are part of the world,” says Patrick, “they are agents within it, and we empower them as community members and agents of positive change.”

When he’s not teaching, he can be usually found spending time outdoors with his dog Lyra, or surrounded by the mess of some in-progress creative endeavor.

Eva Perello
High School Spanish
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Originally from Venezuela, Eva received her Masters degree in Spanish in 2016, and has been teaching Spanish classes at the Middle School, High School, and College levels since. In addition to her role as the Spanish Teacher, Eva is a High School Adviser and provides English Language Learning support throughout the school.

Eva loves to read, watch and analyze films, spend time with family and friends, organize for social justice, and dance to all sorts of music.



Lauryl Grimes                                       Photo and Bio coming soon!
High School Health
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