Erin Gardenhire 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. Prior to serving as the network facilitator, Erin taught grades 2-5 in David Douglas School District. Later, she was a new teacher mentor and the consortium program director for the East Columbia Collaborative. As the program director, she 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 also served as an adjunct professor.
Erin has been part of the education profession for over 20 years in various capacities. She is most proud to now be in a role that centers and elevates educator voices so that they may bring forward the voices and needs of the students they serve. In particular, she is passionate about being able to ensure that Oregon’s diverse representation of students receive equitable education and opportunity and is inclusive and affirming for people of all cultural or linguistic backgrounds, tribal affiliations, races classes, and/or sexual orientation. Erin currently lives in Gresham, Oregon with her husband and three daughters.
Design & Implementation Coach
Matt Jumago is a Design and Implementation Coach for the Multnomah-Clackamas Regional Educator Network (MCREN). 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. A life-long learner and advocate for continuous improvement, Matt has also worked for Oregon Education Association empowering teachers to address the systemic barriers to their students’ success.
Matt has worked in education for over ten years in South Korea, Oregon, and Washington. From serving as a guest lecturer at his undergraduate alma mater, Whitman College, to presenting on creativity in the classroom to fellow English-language teachers in the Gyeonggido Province, Matt brings a wide range of experiences to his coaching. With a foundation of racial equity training during his masters’ studies at George Fox, 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 a new baby on the way.
Design & Implementation Coach
Tai Said-Hall is one of the Implementation and Design Coaches for the Multnomah-Clackamas Regional Educators Network (MCREN). Tai believes 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. In this role, she supported the district in moving the equity work district wide. 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 has been a teacher for over 20 years. She has a passion to change the experience and predictable outcomes for students of color and marginalized students. With a focus on building relationships, implementing culturally responsive practices and utilizing a racial equity lens, Tai believes that all students and families will benefit.
Melanie Inns 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.