Christy is a native of Hood River who taught high school math for 7 years and founded an educationally-focused toy store before returning to the Gorge. She is especially motivated to make sure all students feel that STEM careers are an option for them: as a top high school math and science student, she avoided STEM professions because the only engineers she knew were men. Christy hopes to break down those stereotypes for today's students, including her son.
Christy holds a B.S. from Cornell University, a M.A. in Education from Stanford University, and an MBA from Boston University.
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Columbia Gorge STEM Hub Director
As a Klickitat County parent who grew up in White Salmon, Lisa understands some of the challenges rural families face. She is excited to use her skills to make STEM more accessible for all students in the Columbia Gorge.
Lisa earned a B.A. in Professional & Creative Writing and Sociology from Central Washington University, and holds a certificate in Nonprofit Management.
Communication & Project Assistant
Kathryn will lead the STEM Hub during a temporary parental leave for Christy. Kathryn is a current science and CS teacher at Hood River Valley High School. She also serves as a Chief Science Officer advisor, started Hood River's STEM Nights, and was a finalist for 2018 Gorge STEM Educator of the Year.
Acting STEM Hub Director during August - October, 2020
Courtney Middleton, Teacher at Dry Hollow Elementary
Susan McCourt, Teacher at Chenowith Elementary and former software engineer
Courtney and Susan will lead the Elementary STEAM Leaders project, working with a select cohort of Gorge teachers to bring more STEM and science into elementary classrooms.