Preschool / Kindergarten Teacher Christine Pasquali Calkins Christine and her family moved to our coastal area ten years ago. She and her husband have one sixteen year-old son, one dog, and one cat. Christine has been teaching in the area since 2009. She enjoys reading and gardening, and running and hiking on the local beaches and trails. She is most happy when the whole family is out paddle boarding, even the dog! (but not the cat!) She is very excited to be working with our awesome group of preschoolers and kindergarteners.
Elementary Class Teacher John Reseland John joins us after teaching for years in Washington State, where he earned his Masters in Education from Antioch. John and his wife and sweet dog love the North Coast, and hiking our beautiful natural areas. Among his many talents John brings his math skills, curiosity, and love for music and nature into his teaching approach. We are thrilled to have him in our community!
Governance Director Katie Voelke Katie Voelke was raised in a home under oak trees where she spent many hours collecting bugs, making mud pies with her sister, and camping and hiking with her parents in the summers. She is sure that this life-long exposure to the natural world is what led her on a path to study biology in school. Katie settled on Oregon’s north coast with her husband Scott in 2003 and spent time doing field work with the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife before she finally found her calling: working in land conservation with NCLC. In 2008 she took the helm as Executive Director. Although her job at NCLC keeps her very busy, her passion for Place Based Education and her commitment for her two boys to experience Fire Mountain has brought Katie's talents here. We are fortunate to have Katie as our Board Governance Director, bringing long lasting process and foundation to our community.