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Alex Addy
Alex Addy is a drummer with Homowa African Arts & Cultures where he works with Obo Addy to bring the rich drumming and dance traditions of Ghana, West Africa to school children throughout Portland. (African Drumming: Communicating Through Sound)

Theresa Alexander
Theresa Alexander has a BS in physics and computer science from Carnegie Mellon University and an MS in computer science. She worked for Intel as a software engineer for over 10 years. (Lego Robotics: Mission Mars)

Andy Clap
Andrew Clapp has a degree in mathematics from Portland State University. He is a Unix System Administrator with considerable work in web systems, databases, systems administration, and programming for both Unix and Windows platforms. As owner of Aeonic Enterprises, he builds video games, apps, and gadgets. (Math: Macro to Micro)

Caren Graham
Caren Graham, a prior recipient of the Drammy Award, is a freelance vocal and acting instructor. She has worked for Saturday Academy, Earth Arts, and Young Audiences, in many areas of arts integrated curriculum. She has taught at University of Portland, Mt. Hood Community College, Concordia University, and worked as a theater and vocal coach for most of the professional theaters in Portland. Ms. Graham received her MFA in Theater from the University of Washington's Professional Acting Training Program. (Acting: Solar Scenes)

Richard Harris
Rich Harris has been a professional graphic designer and illustrator for 20 years. He is a college-level computer graphics instructor. (Puzzles, Games and Codes)

Soenke Hollstein
Mr. Hollstein has a BS in physics, a BS in mathematics, and an MS in nuclear physics from Westfaelische Wilhelms-Universitaet in Muenster, Germany. He taught extensively in Germany in subjects including physics, math, chemistry, geography, languages, Chinese cooking, and music. In Portland he has taught in the science labs at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. (Transportaion; What’s Next?; Engineering: Alternative Energy)

Paul Kennison
Paul Kennison, AB in philosophy from Princeton University, teaches a diverse range of subjects to all ages. (Critical Thinking: Harry’s Discovery)

Barbara Kerr
Barbara Kerr, with a masters degree in education, is a certified math teacher and a math tutor for 5th – 12th grade students. (Math in Science Fiction; Math: The View from Space)

Amy Konsterlie
Amy Konsterlie is a professional artist and has created many architectural illustrations for various clientele. She earned her masters in education from Portland State University and has 20 years teaching experience. She continues to show and sell her work. (Painting the Planets and Beyond)

Jen LaMastra
Jen LaMastra is the lead teacher at Junk to Funk, a collective of artists and social innovators that use Trashion as art for social change to inspire individuals toward mindful consumerism, creative re-use, and conscientious disposal. She has a B.F.A in design and technical theater, as well as being a licensed cosmetologist, and graduate of Dell' Arte School of Physical Theater. (Space Junk to Fashion Funk)

Ray Luongo
Ray Luongo has a second Degree Black Belt in Taekwon-Do. He has worked with children in K-12 settings for almost ten years, and owned and managed a Taekwon-Do studio in Wisconsin where he worked with hundreds of young people. (The World of Martial Arts)

Susan Magnin
Susan Mangin is an adjunct professor of AutoCAD at Clark College, and teaches architecture at Benson High School. She has served as project architect for several projects in Washington and taught for 10 years. (Architecture on Mars)

Sheyla Mattos
Sheyla Mattos was raised in Brazil and came to the northwest to teach creative dance in Vancouver, WA. She performs with the renowned Lions of Batucada Samba Percussion Ensemble and teaches samba and Makelele throughout the Portland area. (Let’s Do the Cosmic Dance)

Jim Mattingly
Jim Mattingly has a BA in technology in music and related arts from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He is a composer and plays percussion with several groups in Portland. He has been making music with FL Studio since 2003.

Doug McCarty
Doug McCarty, a Professor of Astronomy at the Science Integration Institute, was the Planetarium Director and an Astronomy instructor at Mt. Hood Community College from 1983 - 2010. He has taught astronomy and cosmology at Lewis & Clark College, PSU, Marylhurst University, PCC and PPS and has led Astronomy tours all over the world. (Astronomy: Navigating the Universe; Biomes and Mapping)

Molly Murphey
Molly Murphy has a masters in Education and over 10 years teaching experience including 5 years in China. (Extinction)

Katie Schneider
Katie Schneider is a published novelist and has worked with children since 1991. She currently teaches in Portland area schools through Community of Writers. Her debut novel All We Know of Love was a Book-of-The-Month Club Main Selection. (Writing Science Fiction; Radio Waves)

Brandis Svendsen
Brandis Svendsen is a graduate of the University of Washington where three of her commissioned pieces are on campus. She has worked at Wastweet Studio and Viking Fire Foundry in Seattle. Her sculptures are in galleries throughout Washington State. (Cosmic Sculpture)

Dia Varano
Dia Varano has a BA in Theatre and Anthropology from Hampshire College. She's worked with youth in Arts Education since 2003. Here in Portland, she's worked as a professional puppeteer with Tears of Joy Theatre and Mudeye Puppet Company - developing scripts, performing, and directing. She learned stop motion animation from the amazing Wil Vinton at the NW Film Center and has been busy experimenting ever since. (Space Puppets)

Santiago Vega
Santiago Vega has a masters in aquatic biosciences from Tokyo University of Fisheries and a masters of education from Portland State University. He has been a researcher at the Charles Darwin Research Station in the Galapagos Islands and Oregon Health & Science University and is a biology teacher at David Douglas High School. (Oceanography; Ecological Explorations)

Veronica Zonick
Veronica Zonick has a PhD in molecular biology. She has taught high school biology and developed curriculum and learning assessment products. (Evolution and the History of Life; Microbiology: Life in the Extremes)

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