Middle School Teachers



Farrah Anderson
Middle School Social Studies
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Having spent most of her life in Northeast Portland, Farrah chose Portland State University for her undergraduate education in Art History. While at PSU, she worked on an archaeological dig in Tunisia, excavating Leptiminus, an ancient Roman village.

Then, she attended the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN, where she received a Masters degree in Art History, with a focus in Hindu art. She recently completed a second Masters degree, in Teaching, with a focus on secondary social studies and art.

Since graduation, Farrah has been substitute teaching in Portland, trying to find her “favorite school to sub at.” It was Trillium! Here, she discovered a love for progressive, alternative education. The crux of her educational philosophy is that learning should not be painful. Challenging, at times, but fun at the core. A self-proclaimed history nerd, she is especially committed to making history fun, and always comes prepared with fun facts on Star Wars, coffee, 80s music, and the sacred chickens of Rome.

Jacob Pincus
Middle School Language Arts
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Jacob was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, where he attended Arizona State University, earning a Bachelors degree in Urban/Environmental Planning and Sustainability. Soon after graduation, he developed an interest in Education and began to build up his teaching experience. He started as an Instructional Assistant at a preparatory school in Downtown Phoenix, where he later assumed a long-term sub position, which turned into a full time position. For two years, Jacob taught 7th and 8th grade Social Studies, and led students in the Yearbook Club, and the National Junior Honors Society. During this time, he also taught English in the summer term.

In 2016, he relocated to Portland, where he had secured an office job at Simple, a financial tech company. Although it was a great job, he missed being in the classroom. This led him to start substitute teaching again, which led him to Trillium. In Fall 2017, Jacob was Trillium’s long-term sub for Mindful Movement, and recently took over for Adam, Trillium’s former Middle School Language Arts Teacher.

In his free time, Jacob enjoy traveling with his fiance and two dogs, hiking, camping, reading (mostly non-fiction), and playing video games. He developed his thirst for travel in childhood, when his mother would take the family on road trips, in an attempt to escape the Phoenix summers. Then, some of his favorite places to visit are Northern Arizona, his aunt’s ranch in South Dakota, and Puerto Peñasco. Here in Oregon, he loves going to the coast, Cape Kiwanda, and Cape Disappointment.

Neil Nobel

HS and MS Math/ Math Specialist K-12

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Corey Whitcomb

HS and MS Science

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