2012 teachers & assistants
Shelly Frey graduated from the University of Oregon with a bachelors degree in history. She then obtained her masters in secondary education, with an endorsement in language arts and social studies. She began her teaching career at a middle school in Eugene where she taught language arts and social studies. Through that experience she discovered her passion for technology, and has been teaching technology to middle school students for the past four years. To further her expertise in the field, she decided to obtain a masters in information technology, and will graduate this Fall. When she is not working or studying she stays busy with her two teenage daughters and new puppy. She enjoys doing anything outdoors, especially running and hiking.
Deanna Blem has taught for over two decades in the Hillsboro School District, teaching 6th graders at Jackson and Imlay Elementary schools. Over the years, science has always been her favorite subject to teach, so when the chance came to teach science at South Meadows Middle School, she jumped at the chance! Some would say it takes a special kind of person to work with 13-year-olds all day, especially in the science classroom, but there is no better place for her.
When she isn't teaching, you can find Mrs. Blem walking her yellow lab, watching soccer, reading historical fiction, playing word games on her iPad, or sewing. She is married with three children; two grown and one graduating from Hillsboro High School next year. Always a life-long learner, Mrs. Blem looks forward to getting to know more about computers and more about this summer's campers in the very near future.
Laura Ruffner has been teaching 7th grade science and gardening for the past 4 years in the Forest Grove middle school. Her passion is to help students overcome their personal and societal barriers to success, and be a part of the team of adults who help students find joy and engagement in learning. She has been specifically focused on making sure that science is accessible to underrepresented populations, namely female science students and students of color. In her free time, Laura loves to garden, bike ride, read, and enjoy time with friends!
Caitlin Nichols graduated with her Bachelors in field biology and ecology from George Fox University. She recently graduated from Pacific University with a Master's of Art in Teaching with a biology endorsement. She student taught in both a middle school and high school in Woodburn, Oregon. She has accepted a position at Ontario Middle School and will be teaching 8th grade physical science/chemistry. Other plans for the summer besides working for G2CS include getting married on August 4th. She enjoys being outdoors and looks forward to spending a lot of her summer outside.
Maria Violeta Blando
Undergraduate Administrative Assistant