Earl Boyles Staff

Meet Our Wonderful Staff!

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Mrs. Guynes, Principal of Earl Boyles Elementary

Ericka 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

Christine McHone, Counselor

Hello Bulldog community!  I am in my 16th year as the Licensed School Counselor at Earl Boyles.  One of my roles at Earl Boyles is to teach classroom social emotional lessons in the area of Personal/Social Development, Career Development and Academic Development.  In addition, I work with small groups.  Another focus area of mine is attendance, behavior supports and helping families find community resources for clothing, housing and mental health. I also coordinate the Bulldog Ambassador program for 3rd-5th graders.

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!

Brittany Behrendt, Occupational Therapist

My name is Brittany Behrendt and I am the occupational therapist serving Earl Boyles this school year. This is my first year with David Douglas School District, but I have many years of experience in Seattle Public Schools and Chicago Public Schools. I’m a midwest native but have called the pacific northwest home for the last four years and couldn’t imagine being anywhere else. In my free time, I enjoy knitting, kayaking, camping, gardening, and enjoying a wide variety of music. I am passionate about service learning and volunteering, both locally and internationally. Ask me about my service work and nonprofit organization! I’m looking forward to serving this community.

Linday DeFazio, Student Achievement Specialist of Earl Boyles Elementary

Lindsay DeFazio, Student Achievement Specialist

I am beginning my sixteenth year of teaching in the David Douglas School District where I have taught Kindergarten, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th grades, Title I Reading at the middle and elementary levels and now I am the Student Achievement Specialist.  I received my undergraduate degrees from Oregon State University.  I earned my Masters of Arts in Teaching and my Reading Endorsement from Concordia University.  My job is to support teachers with classroom instruction that meets the needs of all students.  I feel VERY fortunate to work alongside each of our educators to open EVERY students’ eyes to the word of literacy and mathematics.  In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and my special pooches, Olivia, Sadie, and Scout, traveling, and cheering for the BEAVS!

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 eighteenth year of teaching and my twenty-fourth year of working in a public school; I can’t think of a better place to be!  As a teacher I’ve taught Kindergarten, 1st, 5th, 6th grade and college levels as well as Kindergarten through 5th grade ESL (English as a Second Language). This is my eighth year serving as a Language Development Specialist and Instructional Coach to support our unique language model. I enjoy working with all of our students (Preschool thru 5th grade) as well as our staff and amazing families. Outside this fantastic school community I love spending time with my family. We enjoy all that Portland has to offer! During the summer 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

I feel so blessed to be working my 11th year here at Earl Boyles.  This is the best staff, students and families in Oregon! It is amazing that this is my 17th year as an educator. I have taught as a classroom teacher, as special education teacher, and currently I am a “teacher on special assignment,” as the Student Behavior Specialist, or SBS.  I have the privilege of interacting with all students at Earl Boyles in various ways, including problem solving, supporting behavior needs, instructing in social/emotional lessons in small groups, advocating for students, and working along side teachers and parents to make school successful for all students. I will see and interact with our students 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 where all students succeed and grow as learners and citizens.

I love this school and community so much that now my two children are also students at Earl Boyles, in Kindergarten and Third grade. When I am not giving my heart to your children, I am enjoying my own. We like to spend time outdoors, read, play, go for bike rides and spend time with our family/cousins. I have a personal goal this year to get back into sewing or knitting, we will see which wins. I look forward to a wonderful 2019-2020 school year.

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 kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd-grade students. 

I was born in Ashkelon, Israel, and moved to the United States about 19 years ago. I am married and we have two children (14 and 11). 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.

Sody Fearn, Title 1

My name is Sody Puth Fearn and I am so excited to be the new Reading Club teacher!  I can’t believe that I am starting my 23rd teaching year!  I just love being a teacher and watching students learn and grow.  My goal is to learn every child’s name and face by the end of the school year.  I work a lot, but when I am not working, I love to spend time with my family, read, cook and eat delicious food!


Megan Gard, School Nurse


Cindy Banh, Health Assistant

Classroom Teachers

Annemarie Reyes, P.E.

I am so excited to be back at this wonderful school! This is my ninth year working in Portland schools, fourth year at Earl Boyles, and first year as a certified teacher. I worked at Earl Boyles as the Playworks Program Coordinator and was known as Coach AM for two years. I left in 2017 to get my teaching license, and I taught Kindergarten and 4th grade at Laurelhurst School in PPS. Now, I go by Ms. Reyes, and I love getting to work with all PK-5th students as the Physical Education teacher. I teach because I believe in the transformative power of education. PE is a key component of a quality education. My goal this year is to help all students make growth in being physically literate individuals.

Outside of school, I enjoy cooking, baking, and spending time with my family. I also love to be active, and I often try out different activities like ballet, boxing, and gymnastics.

Here’s to a great year!

Mari Shay, Music Teacher at Earl Boyles

Mari Schay, 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 part of 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 seven year old daughter named Arianna. I speak Spanish to her and John speaks English to her. We love to watch movies and eat pizza 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!

¡Estoy tan emocionada de ser maestra de preescolar en la mejor escuela de Oregón! Soy de Caracas, Venezuela, y mi esposo John es de Portland. Tengo una hija de siete años llamada Arianna. Yo le hablo español y John le habla inglés. ¡Nos encanta ver películas y comer pizza juntos!

Me siento muy afortunado de ser maestra en Earl Boyles debido a nuestros increíbles estudiantes, familias y comunidad. Creo que ustedes, las familias, son los primeros y más importantes maestros de sus hijos. ¡Mi trabajo no es posible sin su colaboración!

Creo que todos los niños tienen la capacidad de aprender en un ambiente amoroso y seguro. En preescolar, nos enfocaremos en cuidar nuestro aula y los unos a los otros. Aprenderemos sobre nuestros sentimientos y cómo resolver problemas. Desarrollaremos nuestro amor por el lenguaje, las matemáticas, las ciencias, el arte y el mundo que nos rodea.

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 and I really enjoy the fun and excitement of kindergarten. There is no place I’d rather be. I believe all of my students are capable of learning. I strive to create a safe, kind, and joyful learning community for all my students.

When not at EB I love spending time with my family. 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, water polo, and backyard barbecues with friends and family.

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.  I have taught 25 years in the David Douglas District, mostly as a first grade teacher.  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.


Sara Doherty, First Grade


Megan Larson, 2nd Grade Teacher

Megan Larsen, Second 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, Second Grade

I am so happy to be teaching 2nd grade again this year with Mrs. Larsen.  I’ve been teaching for 21 years and love kids, teaching and being a learner myself.  I have taught, Title 1, 3rd grade and 7th grade Social Studies.  I absolutely love working at Earl Boyles because of the wonderful families, students and staff.  I have twin second grade boys and my husband is a 4th grade teacher at West Powellhurst.  When I’m not teaching I enjoy running, reading and spending time exploring Oregon with my family.

Matt Marlia, Second Grade

I am so excited to start the 2019-20 school year! This will be my 18th year teaching. I have taught 6th, 4th and 2nd grade in the David Douglas School District. I love to read, run, hike and spend 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, Third Grade

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.  Third 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 three 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!

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 I was offered a permanent fourth grade position. 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!

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.

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

I’m so excited to be returning for my second year teaching 5th grade at Earl Boyles! This is an incredible community and I am truly honored to work with such passionate colleagues, students, and families. I’m particularly excited to support our 5th graders in preparing for middle school both academically and socially, through providing numerous leadership opportunities this year.

Support & Classified Staff

Gabriel Minnieweather, Head Custodian

Gabriel Minnieweather, Head Custodian

Stella Maltseva, Night Custodian

Stella Maltseva, Night Custodian


Mikhail Geshka, Custodian


Christina VanWormer, Head Cook

Olga, Cook

Olga Loktionov, 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.

Christopher Lee, Computer Lab Instructor

Hello everyone! I am Earl Boyles’ new Computer Lab teacher and assistant. I am a recent graduate from University of Portland and have an education degree. In the past, I was a teacher assistant for an elementary technology teacher and so I am very excited to be leading my own classes. When I’m not working with students and teachers, I enjoy spending time with my family and dog, watching shows, or playing video games.

Becky Butterfield, Sped Instructional Assistant

Becky Akana, Sped IA


Desirae Montiel, Sped 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 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

Michael Smith, Building IA

Linda Beacham, Building IA

Linda Beacham, Building IA

Daisy Corona, Building IA/Bilingual IA

Andrea Thorsnes, Preschool IA

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. My career with child development began after I started volunteering for my son’s head start program. However, teaching comes from the heart, and that will never change. I have three boys, ages 10, 8, and 6 they are attending at Earl Boyles. My passion is working with young children. My role as a teacher assistant is to be a facilitator and provide enriching activities so that children are supported as they learn about their strengths and work on their weaknesses. It is important for me that I keep a good working relationship with families, 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

Yanshan Chen, Preschool IA


Lilya Yevseyeva, Community Health Worker


Lizet Molina, Metropolitan Family Services 

Lizet Molina, Metropolitan Family Services

Erika Hernandez, SUN Coordinator

Hi! My name is Erika Hernandez, your new SUN Site Manager. I have worked in David Douglas School District the last 4 years and with the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization for 7 years in SUN Community Schools, Early Learning, Youth Mentoring Advocacy and Family Leadership. I am so honored to be serving at Earl Boyles this year. Outside of school I love to paint, dance, listen to music and spend quality time in my garden and with my cat chicken


Ralna Gable, Head Start Family Worker



TBA, Family Stability Specialist


Mr. Magleby, Volunteer in The Library

Mr. Magleby, Volunteer (Library)