Earl Boyles Staff

Meet our wonderful staff!

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Mrs. Guynes, Principal of Earl Boyles Elementary

Mrs. Guynes, Principal

It is my pleasure to be the principal of a school with terrific students, involved families, and a dedicated staff.   One of our goals is for students, parents, families and staff is to feel at home when they enter the doors of Earl Boyles.  I love working in such a fine school with outstanding staff members, great families, and wonderful kids.  When I am not at school I like to spend time with my family and in my garden.  I feel extremely privileged to be a part of the Earl Boyles community and I am looking forward to another great year!

Rubi Mejia, Secretary of Earl Boyles Elementary

Rubi Mejia, Head Secretary

Carlie Perez, Secretary of Earl Boyles Elementary

Carlie Perez, Records Secretary


Chris McHone, Counselor of Earl Boyles Elementary

Chris McHone, Counselor

Hello Bulldog community!  I am in my 14th year as the Licensed School Counselor at Earl Boyles.  My role at Earl Boyles is to teach classroom guidance lessons in the areas of Personal/Social Development, Career Development and Academic Development.  In addition, I work with small groups.  Another focus area of mine is attendance.

When I am not at work, I love spending time with my two children, husband and dog.  As a graduate of David Douglas High School, I am thrilled to be working in the community that helped raise me.  Thank you for letting me be a part of your child’s education. Go Bulldogs!

Linday DeFazio, Student Achievement Specialist of Earl Boyles Elementary

Lindsay DeFazio, Student Achievement Specialist

Maria Adams, Language Development Specialist at Earl Boyles

Maria Adams, Language Development Specialist

I am so thankful to be a part of the Earl Boyles family!  I love the diversity and community that Earl Boyles offers.  This is my sixteenth year of teaching and my twenty-second year of working in a public school; I can’t think of a better place to be!  As a classroom teacher I’ve taught Kindergarten, 1st, 5th, 6th grade and college as well as Kindergarten through 5th grade English as a Second Language (ESL).  For the last six years I’ve worked as a Language Development Specialist and Instructional Coach.  I enjoy working with all of our students (Preschool thru 5th grade) as well as our staff and our amazing families.  When I’m not enjoying our fantastic school community I love spending time with my family.  We enjoy all that Portland has to offer!  During the summertime we travel to different countries to experience life, culture, art, music and cuisines from all over the world. While we teach during the school year, we LEARN from everyone we meet every day!

Carrie Tercek, Student Behavior Specialist at Earl Boyles

Carrie Tercek, Student Behavior Specialist

Welcome back! I am excited to see all our students back at school. They are what make Earl Boyles such a joyous place to be. As Student Behavior Specialist I will be interacting with all students at Earl Boyles in various ways, including instructing in social/emotional lessons in classrooms and small groups such as Kelso Problem Solving, Bucket Filling, as well as our school’s B.A.R.K. expectations. I will see and interact with our student on the playground, in the cafeteria, in the hallways and in their classrooms. My job is to support students and teachers in creating a supportive, happy and safe environment were all students succeed and grow as learners and citizens. I look forward to a wonderful year.

Elaine Kristensen, Title 1 at Earl Boyles

Elaine Kristensen, Title 1

Over the last 27 years I have taught first through sixth grade, been a Reading Coach, and a Reading Specialist/Title I Teacher in David Douglas. Being the Reading Specialist means I get to work with students, families, and staff members building stronger readers at Earl Boyles. I enjoy sharing my love for reading with children and helping them see themselves as readers. When I’m not at school, I love to read, travel with my husband to visit our daughters, sons-in-law, and quilt. Most of all I love seeing children’s faces light up when they read and enjoy it. I am excited to begin a new school year at Earl Boyles.

Racheli Ross, Speech & Language Pathologist at Earl Boyles

Racheli Ross, Speech & Language Pathologist

Earl Boyles is a fantastic school and I am very proud to be part of this community. I enjoy working with students on various communication skills, and collaborating with our wonderful staff and great families. I mainly work with students in grades kindergarten to 2nd grade as well as with our life skills class.

I was born in Ashkelon, Israel, and moved to the United States about 16 years ago. I am married and we have two children (11 and 8). As a family, we love to ride bikes, hike, camp, travel, and play games together. I also enjoy listening to live music, going to the beach and reading good books.

I am looking forward to seeing how much your children grew over the summer and meeting new families this year.

Rachel Ludeman, Speech & Language Pathologist at Earl Boyles

Rachel Ludeman, Speech & Language Pathologist

I work here at Earl Boyles as a Speech Language Pathologist, primarily with 3rd-5th grade students. I enjoy working collaboratively with the amazing students, teachers and families in this community in order to help everyone feel successful. In my free time I love supporting the Oregon Ducks sports teams, spending time with family and friends, reading, eating at the many amazing Portland restaurants, and traveling whenever possible.

Jennifer Mazalook, Special Education Teacher at Earl Boyles

Jennifer Mazalook, ERC

I’m very excited to be starting my second year as EB’s Special Education teacher. My goal this year is the same as last year, which is to foster a love of learning and provide a safe environment for students to reach their full potential. I look forward to having a positive and profound impact on the students here at Earl Boyles.  In my free time, I have picked up the new hobby of canning and pickling to go with my love of baking. I continue to enjoy exploring Portland and Oregon.

Lindsay Caudle, School Nurse

Lindsay Caudle, School Nurse

Cindy Banh, Health Assistant

Classroom Teachers

Michael Darnell, Physical Education Teacher at Earl Boyles

Michael Darnell, P.E.

This will be my 5th year at Earl Boyles, and I’m starting my 18th year in David Douglas district.  Our school and community is a special place and I’m honored to be a part of it. I feel fortunate to be a Bulldog and am looking forward to many more great years!  

In my freetime, I enjoy spending time with my wife and 4 daughters and watching my favorite teams play.  They include the Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Mariners, Portland Trailblazers, Portland Timbers and Thorns.

Mari Shay, Music Teacher at Earl Boyles

Mari Shay, Music

Natalie Stemler, Preschool Teacher

Natalie Stemler, Preschool

I am excited and proud to begin another year as a Bulldog!

I have been an Early Childhood teacher for over 12 years, earning my Masters Degree in 2009.  I joined the Earl Boyles’ community in 2015 and feel fortunate to be surrounded by the many talented, dedicated, and inspiring group of educators, families, and students that make Earl Boyles the special place it is.  

The early childhood years are critical for learning social, language, and cognitive skills that produce both short and long-term effects on a child’s development.  It is my hope to be your partner as your child begins his/her education journey here at Earl Boyles.  I am confident that together we can foster a love for learning that will last a lifetime…

Katie Nordstrom, Preschool Teacher

Katie Nordstrom, Preschool

It is such a privilege to be joining the Earl Boyles team! I am proud to be a fourth-generation educator. Teaching young children with diverse needs has been my passion since I was 14, when I began providing in-home therapeutic services for children with autism under the guidance of my mom, an early childhood autism specialist.  In 2004, I began working in Early Childhood Special Education as an assistant, and in 2009 as an ECSE teacher. My philosophy is that young children learn best through play and natural routines; my role is to provide individualized supports to promote their development in the context of fun, functional activities.

I live in a house in the woods with my husband Nils and dog Tony, just down the road from my childhood home in Oregon City. I love to cook and preserve food from my family’s large garden, read, hike, and travel as often as I can.  I also teach yoga, and strive to balance an active lifestyle with an undeniable soft spot for chocolate and cheese, power naps, and Netflix marathons.

Andreina Velasco, Preschool Teacher

Andreina Velasco, Preschool

I am so excited to be a preschool teacher in the best school in Oregon! I am from Caracas, Venezuela, and my husband John is from Portland. I have a four year old daughter named Arianna. I speak Spanish to her and John speaks English to her. We love to go to the park and eat ice cream together!

I feel so lucky to be a teacher at Earl Boyles because of our amazing students, families, and community. I believe that you, families, are the first and most important teachers of your children. My job is not possible without your partnership!

I believe that all children can learn in a loving and safe environment. In preschool, we will focus on taking care of our classroom and each other. We will learn about our feelings and how to solve problems. We will develop our love for language, math, science, art, and the world around us!

Vickie Saula, Kindergarten Teacher

Vickie Saula, Kindergarten

My name is Vickie Saula. I have been in the David Douglas school district as a student or a teacher since I was in the third grade. The year 2016 marked 25 years of teaching here.  I have a passion for teaching early childhood. Most of my experience has been in kindergarten. I really enjoy working with the families at Earl Boyles. I believe that by partnering together we can help children in reaching their full potential. I strive to create a calm, caring, and respectful learning environment for students to thrive. I am committed to student growth and I am concerned with meeting the needs of each individual child where they are. When I am not teaching I enjoy spending time camping with my husband and playing with my grandchildren.  Every summer I go to visit with my two grown sons who live in Miami.

Cynthia Casteel, Kindergarten Teacher

Cynthia Casteel, Kindergarten

Hello Earl Boyles families!  This will be my 12th year teaching Kindergarten at Earl Boyles.  Kindergarten is such an important year in kids’ lives.  They are building a foundation for learning.  Kindergarteners are creative and imaginative and love to have fun.  I am honored to lead them through combining play and academics, while fostering independence and creativity and developing a love of learning.  When I’m not at school, I enjoy traveling and spending time with my husband and 2 boys.

Crystal Legallo, Kindergarten Teacher

Crystal Legallo, Kindergarten

I love teaching at Earl Boyles. I really enjoy the fun and excitement of kindergarten. I love our school and district both as a David Douglas parent and educator.

I have a daughter who is an avid swimmer and animal lover. Our happy home would not be complete without our sweet pets. As a family we love swim team, backyard barbecues, planting flowers, and camping with our two dogs Lucky and Sparky.

Heather Gerritz, 1st Grade Teacher

Heather Gerritz, First Grade

Karen McDonald, First Grade Teacher

Karen McDonald, First Grade

Ever since I can remember, I have wanted to work with children.  I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, got my Teaching License, and a Master’s Degree in education.  I was the first in my family to go to college.  For 22 years I have taught Kindergarten and First Grade.  I believe all children can learn.  Every child is unique and special.  I want to help them be successful learners and foster a love of reading and learning.

Megan Larson, 2nd Grade Teacher

 Megan Larson, 2nd Grade

I am so excited to be returning to second grade! This will be my ninth year of teaching. I started my career teaching second grade, I have spent the last five years teaching preschool and kindergarten and now I’m back in second grade where I started my teaching journey. I did my undergraduate work at Oregon State and my graduate work at Concordia University. I am so blessed to work with the amazing staff at Earl Boyles and to be part of this outstanding community! When I’m not teaching, I love spending time with my kids who are 3 and 1 and my husband, who teaches next door at Ron Russell. We love spending time exploring Portland, gardening in our backyard and playing with our dog Charlie.

Heidi Buckner, 2nd Grade Teacher

Heidi Buckner, 2nd Grade

Matt Marlia, 2nd Grade Teacher

Matt Marlia, Second Grade

I am so excited to start the 2016-17 school year! This will be my 15th year teaching. I have taught 6th, 4th and 2nd grade in the David Douglas School District. I love to read, run, hike and spending time with my family. I hope to strengthen your child’s academic skills and achieve his or her goals by the end of the school year. Thank you for letting me be part of their lives!

Holly Loew, Second Grade Teacher

Holly Loew, Second Grade

I am elated to return for my eleventh year at Earl Boyles and my sixteenth year of teaching.  Since our school re-opened in 2002, it has continued to evolve as a progressive, community-based school where great work is completed daily by students, families, staff, and community members.  I am proud to be a teacher on this extraordinary team.  Second grade is an especially exciting year where students mature as readers and writers by pulling together all the skills they have mastered in early elementary school.   As a teacher I strive to challenge students of all abilities while keeping school a fun and exciting experience.  Teamwork, community building, high quality read alouds, the arts, and movement are all important to me.  When I’m not at school, I enjoy playing sports, baking, reading, and traveling/exploring/playing with my husband and sons.  I look forward to the upcoming school year.  Thank you for sharing your wonderful children with me!

Deb McGowan, Third Grade Teacher

Deb McGowan, Third Grade

Hi! My name is Deb McGowan; I am one of four 3rd grade teachers at Earl Boyles. After 11 years of teaching 2nd grade, I have transitioned to 3rd grade, and I must say I am excited to be part of such a wonderful staff at Earl Boyles Elementary School, it truly is a magical place! I love working with your children each and everyday, it gives me great joy to see them grow and mature academically as the year unfolds. I have a strong passion for teaching and want to bring out the best in your child. I look at each child and circumstance as a “unique situation.” Please feel free to come and introduce yourself to me, I look forward to meeting you this school year. When I am not at school I am home with my family either hiking, camping, quilting or reading a good mystery.

Linda Long, 3rd Grade Teacher

Linda Long, Third Grade

My philosophy on teaching is that every child has the right to a quality education. Students should feel comfortable, respected and safe in their environment. My role as a teacher is to assist students as they develop their full potential while keeping school an inspiring and fun experience. My goal is for each student to feel treasured, respected, empowered, and capable of success. Students will learn how to set goals and that making mistakes and developing perseverance are essential to the learning process. When I’m not at school, I enjoy spending time with my family, bicycle riding, reading, and gardening. I look forward to partnering with you in your child’s education!

Nicole & Melissa, 3rd Grade Teachers

Nicole Rauch (pictured left), Third Grade

I have had the pleasure of teaching at Earl Boyles for 13 years.  It is a very special place and is definitely my home away from home.  I have taught 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades.  This year I am very excited to team-teach with Melissa Burch who started in the district 13 years ago as well.  When I am not at school, I enjoy spending time with my 2 year old son, 7 year old twin daughters, and my husband.  We love exploring nature, hanging out at the lake, riding bikes, and playing at the park.I truly believe teaching is one of the most important jobs in the world.   Your kids are the future and the future looks bright.

Melissa Burch (pictured right), Third Grade

I have been teaching in various elementary schools around David Douglas for the past 13 years.  I could not be happier that I landed at Earl Boyles this year!  I absolutely love sharing my days with children, reading, writing, problem solving, and being creative! This year I have the pleasure of teaching 3rd grade with Mrs. Rauch.  I believe and feel very fortunate that sharing a classroom with another teacher allows me to be fully committed to your students while balancing my role as a mother.   I am a mom to my 7 year-old little girl named Maren and 4 year-old son Owen.  My husband, Maren, Owen and our dog Barkley, and I love to spend time being outside canoeing, jogging, camping, riding bikes, gardening, and cooking together.  I am really looking forward to serving at Earl Boyles and getting to know each of you and your families this year!

Fanny Bretsch, 4th Grade Teacher

Fanny Bretsch, Fourth Grade                

I moved to Oregon just over three years ago from New York and once licensed began looking for my new home (school). Earl Boyles was a no-brainer when offered a permanent fourth grade position this year. I am very blessed to be apart of the Earl Boyles family and community. The students and families warm my heart and my colleagues challenge me to be a better teacher. I strive to make a warm, welcome and respectful community for the learners in my classroom. I believe that education is a right for all and students deserve to be met at their learning level. I vow to partner with families in the best interest of their child, and to give every student my all, every day. I hope my passion for reading is contagious and it inspires a love of literature in my students this year. My husband and I spend our spare time outdoors exploring the Seven Wonders of Oregon. We are especially fond of the Oregon Coast and Bend and spent many weekends sitting on the beach reading and enjoying the beautiful scenery.

Patrick Farinholt, 4th Grade Teacher

Patrick Farinholt, Fourth Grade

I love being a part of the Earl Boyles Elementary community.  This school is a special place, and it is exciting and rewarding for me to work with loving parents and my fellow hard-working and caring colleagues to help our children grow and learn.  Each day, together, we all create a safe, supportive space where every child can discover the joys of reading, writing, math, science, and all the other fun topics we explore in fourth grade.  When I am not here at the school, I enjoy hiking, camping, playing my guitar, reading a good book, and being with my family.  I’m feeling energized and ready to start a new year long journey with another great group of students!

Kim Graham, 5th Grade Teacher

Kim Graham, Fifth Grade

I love teaching fifth grade at Earl Boyles! Two of my passions are literature and writing. I urge all of my students to discover their own passions and actively pursue their own learning. In this important fifth grade year, we practice being role models within our amazing EB community while supporting and encouraging one another as we prepare for the transition to middle school.

Kayla Thomas, Fifth Grade Teacher

Kayla Thomas, Fifth Grade

Jen DiFrances, 4th Grade Teacher

Jen DiFrances, Fourth Grade

I am so proud to be a part of the Earl Boyles family! This year, I am very excited to be teaching 4th grade this year. Preparing students for success in middle school and beyond is so critical. I hope to strengthen not only students academic skills, but also to help increase their personal responsibility and organizational skills as they become independent learners.

Support & Classified Staff

Gabriel Minnieweather, Head Custodian

Gabriel Minnieweather, Head Custodian

Stella Maltseva, Night Custodian

Stella Maltseva, Night Custodian

Diane Schiavone, Cook

Diane Schiavone, Cook

Olga, Cook

Olga, Cook

Lisa Cramer, Food Service Cashier

Lisa Cramer, Food Service Cashier

Adam Reich, Library Media Instructor

Adam Reich, Library Media Instructor

I am very excited to be back with the team at Earl Boyles this year!  In any spare moment that I have, chances are you will find me buried in a book of some kind, especially history.  I love reading and talking about books with everyone that I meet.  Before joining the amazing staff here at Earl Boyles, I worked for AVID, a program that promotes college readiness in students of all backgrounds.

Megan Adamcin, Computer Lab Assistant

Bio to follow shortly.

Becky Butterfield, Sped Instructional Assistant

Becky Akana, Sped IA

Desirae Montiel, Sped IA

Brianne Aguilar-Lopez , Bilingual IA & Build IA

Brianne Aguilar-Lopez , Bilingual IA & Build IA

Tina Kiang, Building IA

My name is Tina Kiang.  I’m a Title 1/Building Instructional Assistant and Pre School Bus Monitor (ride the bus with students to and from school).  Earl Boyles provides a great environment for students, staff, and families to learn, grow, and thrive together as a community.  I feel lucky to be a part of this community here at Earl Boyles.  During my free time away from work I enjoy spending time with family and friends, going to the beach and hiking, doing home improvement projects and TRYING to keep my plants alive!  Here’s to a successful school year.

Teresa DeMars, Building IA

Teresa DeMars, Building IA

Margaret Rommel, Building IA

Margaret Rommel, Building IA

Laura Cooper, Building IA

Laura Cooper, Building IA

I am really excited to be starting my fourth year as an instructional assistant at EB. I love being part of such an energetic and enthusiastic school community where families and school staff work together as a team to do what’s best for children. My goal every day is to make sure students feel smart, successful and safe at school. I always encourage them to have high expectations for themselves. When I’m not at school, I love to be outside gardening, hiking or running. When I can’t be outside I enjoy crossword puzzles and baking. I also love pets! I’m looking forward to another fantastic school year.

Brenda Dickey, Building IA

Brenda Dickey, Building IA

Hello, my name is Brenda Dickey and I am an Instructional Assistant for the Title I, Reading Club Program her at Earl Boyles. I am so fortunate to be part of the EB family, where everyday the learning environment is safe, positive and nurturing.

My hope for this year is to inspire a joy of reading, encourage confidence and impart the knowledge and tools needed to enhance our students skills in reading fluency and comprehension.

In my spare time I thoroughly enjoy hiking and bird watching, cooking fabulous meals and relaxing in my beautifully serene garden.

Here’s to a great year!

Bulldogs! Bulldogs! Woof, Woof, Woof!

Meri Cullins, Building IA

Meri Cullins, Building IA

Rafael Lira-Alvarado, Building IA

Rafael Lira-Alvarado, Building IA

I am from Mexico, and it is my pleasure to work as an Instructional Assistant at Earl Boyles. This will be my second school year here, and I love working in a school with a wonderful and warm atmosphere. I enjoy spending time with my wife and family. My hobbies include reading biographies and listening to rock and roll music such as Elvis and The Beatles.

Linda Beacham, Building IA

Linda Beacham, Building IA

Andrea Thorsnes, Special Ed IA

Andrea Thorsnes, Special Ed IA

Full-Time Employee, Part-Time Student at Washington State University.  I am a one-on-one assistant to children who have special needs but wish to integrate into the general education classroom.  Most of my experience is with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  However, I also specialize in children with Anxiety and ADHD.  I love what I do, and I hope to one day be a Special Education Teacher.  My favorite activity is doing art projects and crafts with children.

Milton Flores, Preschool IA

Milton Flores, Preschool IA

Alganesh Indrias, Preschool IA

Alganesh Indrias, Preschool IA

Hello everyone my name is Alganesh, I’m from Eritrea, this will be my first year as a preschool assistant. My career with child development began after I started volunteering for my son head start program. However teaching comes from the heart, and that will never change. I have three boys, ages 10, 8, and 6 they both attending at Earl Boyles. My passion is working with young children. My role as a teacher assistant is to be facilitator and provide enriching activities so that children are supported as they learn about their strength and work on their weaknesses. It is important for me that I keep a good working relationship with family, children and staff members. Together we share our work give ideas and support one another. Working as a team player allows us to better reach the need of the children and their families. I’m glad to be part of the greatest school. I thank you so much for your warm welcome!

Ereny Nassif, Preschool IA

Ereny Nassif, Preschool IA

Judith Garfias, Preschool IA

Judith Garfias, Preschool IA

My name is Judith Garfias and I am one of the assistant teachers for room 9. I am 20 years old and this will be my second year as a prek assistant at Earl Boyles. So many great things will happen in our class! Our objectives this year are to help prepare your child for kindergarten emotionally, socially, and academically in a positive and nurturing environment. Through out this school year I will be working on earning my CDA ( Child Development Associate) Credential. The Credential  is awarded to competent caregivers and home visitors who have demonstrated their ability to meet the needs of children and parents on a daily basis. I am looking foward to this school year.

Mr. Rey, SUN Program Assistant

Mr. Rey, SUN Program Assistant

Maya Crone, Children's Institute

Maya Crone, Children’s Institute

Maya Crone is the Early Works Site Liaison from Children’s Institute. Maya is responsible for bringing community partners together to identify opportunities to improve kindergarten readiness and improve reading proficiency by the end of 3rd grade. She works to support initiatives in early learning, health and family engagement.

Rebeca Marquez, Community Health Worker

Lizet Molina, Metropolitan Family Services 

Lizet Molina, Metropolitan Family Services 

Josue Pena-Juarez, Housing/Family Advocate

Mr. Magleby, Volunteer in The Library

Mr. Magleby, Volunteer