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Erin Gardenhire

REN Coordinator

Erin Gardenhire (she/her/hers) is the REN Coordinator for the Multnomah-Clackamas Regional Educator Network (MCREN).

Erin believes that the key to sustainable change and greater student learning is supporting educators through networked improvement efforts, with a focus on equity, access and teacher voice. Previously, Erin taught grades 2-5 in David Douglas School District. She was also a new teacher mentor and the consortium program director for the East Columbia Collaborative where coordinated the mentor network for David Douglas SD, Gresham-Barlow SD and Columbia Gorge ESD. Erin was also part of the ODE Mentor Training facilitator team. Erin received her BS from Western Oregon University and her MAT from University of Portland. She also has a certificate for Elementary Mathematics Instructional Coaching from Portland State University where she was an adjunct professor.

Erin has been in education for over 20 years in various capacities. She is proud to be in a role that centers and elevates educator voices as advocates for the students they serve. She is passionate about ensuring that Oregon’s student population receives equitable education and opportunity for people of all cultural or linguistic backgrounds, tribal affiliations, racial classes, and/or sexual orientation. Erin currently lives in Gresham, Oregon with her husband and three daughters.

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Matt Jumago

Design & Implementation Coach

Matt Jumago (he/him/his) is a Design and Implementation Coach for the Multnomah-Clackamas Regional Educator Network (MCREN).

Matt has worked in education for over ten years in South Korea, Oregon, and Washington. He brings a wide range of experiences to his coaching. Matt is committed to collaborative problem solving and bringing teams together. Before joining the REN, Matt taught and coached in the Colton School District where he facilitated professional learning and multi-tiered systems of support. Matt has also worked for Oregon Education Association empowering teachers to address the systemic barriers to their students’ success.

Matt uses his position to speak for Oregon’s students and teachers who face an unfair system.  He lives near Portland with his wife, daughter, and new baby.

Tai Said-Hall
Tai Said-Hall

Design & Implementation Coach

Tai Said-Hall (she/her/hers) is one of the Implementation and Design Coaches for the Multnomah-Clackamas Regional Educators Network (MCREN).

Tai has been a teacher for over 20 years. Tai knows that being racially conscious and culturally responsive are key elements to sustainable change in the education system. Prior to being a Design Coach for the MCREN, Tai taught grades 4-8 in Portland Public School District. Later, she became an Equity TOSA with PPS, where she was an affiliate with Courageous Conversations about Race. Most recently, Tai worked in the Centennial School District as a Student Success Coach. Tai received her Bachelor’s in Education from Concordia University as well as her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction.

Tai is passionate about changing the negative experiences and predictable outcomes for students of color and marginalized students. She focuses on building relationships, implementing culturally responsive practices and utilizing a racial equity lens.

Melanie Inns

Executive Assistant

Melanie Inns (she/her/hers) is the MCREN Executive Assistant providing support and all things “behind the scenes” for the Multnomah-Clackamas Regional Educator Network.  

Melanie is thrilled to have the opportunity to support and learn from the MCREN Director and Coaches that are working to improve systems of support for educators while centering antiracist, culturally sustaining policies, and practices to co-create racially affirming environments for our BIPoC educators. 

Born and raised in Multnomah County, Melanie and her husband live in Gresham. They enjoy gardening, camping, and spending time with their two grown children and their families.

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Elise Christiansen

Research, Evaluation, and Data Consultant

Elise Christiansen (she/her/hers) is the Research, Evaluation, and Data Consultant for the Multnomah-Clackamas Regional Educator Network (MCREN).

Prior to being a consultant for the MCREN, Elise served as a research and evaluation consultant for Portland Public Schools. Before working as a consultant, Elise managed the Portland Public Schools internal research team where she collaborated on a project titled “Exploring Culturally Responsive Pedagogy and Practice in the Intersections of Closing the Achievement Gap and Equity work in Portland Public Schools.” Previously, Elise was also a Senior Research Analyst for a Harvard University institutional research team. She’s taught graduate and undergraduate courses at Boston College and Portland State. Her research and evaluation experience ranges from participatory community-based projects to national longitudinal studies. Elise received her Ph.D. in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology from Boston College. She completed her B.A. in psychology at the University of San Francisco.

Elise has worked in education for over fifteen years and is passionate about educational equity. She utilizes qualitative and quantitative methods to uncover patterns and learn best practices from educators.

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Tessa Franzese

Sr. Communications Specialist

Tessa Franzese (they/them/theirs) is one of the Senior Communications Specialists for the Multnomah-Clackamas Regional Educator Network.  

Tessa brings over ten years of graphic design, data and communication to the role, most recently providing communications support to the Northwest Carpenters Union. Tessa also served as the Associate Director of Communications at All Hands Raised, working alongside Portland nonprofits and school partners to help remove barriers to success for students of color and support racial equity in education.  

Tessa earned a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Syracuse University and holds certificates in Data Presentation and Storytelling. Outside of work, Tessa’s natural ability to relate to and embody toad energy lends nicely to activities such as gardening, hiking, biking and kayaking in the great Pacific Northwest. Tessa also enjoys utilizing the magical portkey of written word to explore the future possibilities of science.

Celine De Clercq
Celine De Clercq

Sr. Communications Specialist

Celine De Clercq (she/her/hers) is one of the Senior Communication Specialists for the Multnomah-Clackamas Regional Educator Network (MCREN).

Celine (she/her/hers) brings over six years of data and communications skills to the role, most recently as a Data Coordinator with Amplify Education. Celine has worked in schools, with local education startups and education technology applications like KinderTEK, a common-core aligned math program for iPads and tablets and was involved in the compilation of data and discussions that led to the creation of the Student Success Act. As a multi-ethnic person, equitable education is one of her passions.

Celine earned a Master’s Degree in Cognitive Neuroscience, Educational Leadership and Media Studies from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and minor in Spanish from Portland State University Honors College. An education enthusiast, Celine can be found conversing with and learning from her animal friends when she is not busy frolicking into the woods to be one with the trees.

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