Teaching and Learning TOSAs
Alison Heath – K-12 TAG/Health/Social Studies TOSA
After graduating from Lewis & Clark college with a major in Sociology/Anthropology and a Masters in the Art of Teaching, Alison Heath started her career in public education in 2001. Her passion for language and culture inspired her to help establish the first elementary Dual Immersion program in the Hillsboro School District, where she earned her ESOL endorsement and taught 2nd grade for seven years.
In 2008 Alison moved to the Tigard-Tualatin School District, sharing her love of learning with second and third graders for the next 13 years at Tualatin Elementary School. During this time, Alison explored her leadership skills as she worked on district committees in the areas of Math, Writing, Digital Learning, Instructional Leadership, Culturally Responsive Teaching, and Erin’s Law (Health). Additionally, Alison became a New Teacher Mentor for TTSD staff as well as being a Cooperating Teacher for student teachers earning their Master’s Degree.
In 2021 Alison moved into an Instructional Coaching Position at Durham Elementary where she supported K-5 teachers in their practice as well as co-facilitated the roll-out of K-5 Comprehensive Human Sexuality Instruction for TTSD. This year Alison joins the Teaching and Learning Instructional Support TOSA Team. In her role as K-12 TAG, Health, and Social Sciences support TOSA, Alison is dedicated to serving the district’s students and staff in delivering rigorous and culturally responsive instruction in a warm and welcoming environment. Please contact Alison Heath at firstname.lastname@example.org
Elise Cohen – Math/Science TOSA
Elise has a passion for seeing people perform at their best while being inspired to learn and grow from those around her. Her path to education started with her studies in biology and environmental science at the University of Pennsylvania and secondary education at the University of Oregon. She has worked in public schools for over 20 years as a middle school math and science teacher, a new teacher mentor, and professional development specialist. Please contact Elise Cohen at email@example.com
Morgan Whitney – K-12 Literacy & RTI TOSA
Morgan (they/them) believes that access to effective literacy instruction is a civil right. They have a Masters of Science in Inclusive Elementary Education from PSU and a Masters of Arts in Science of Reading from Mount St. Joseph University. Morgan has taught, learned with, and advocated for children for over 20 years in many different roles including special education teacher, elementary school teacher, child advocate, preschool teacher, Instructional Coach/ Specialist, and P-3 TOSA.
Morgan is excited to join the amazing team in TTSD and dive into all things literacy. Please contact Morgan Whitney at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jen Devlin - ELD TOSA
“No significant learning can occur without a significant relationship.” ~ Dr. James Comer
Jen Devlin’s core beliefs are that every student can succeed and this happens by knowing your students and how to best instruct each and every child while working alongside their families.
Jen Devlin’s undergraduate degree is in Human Development & Family Sciences with options in Early Childhood Education and Child, Youth and Family Services, from Oregon State University. She went on to earn a Masters of Arts in Education (MAT) from Willamette University in tandem with an endorsement for teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). She is the first in her family to attend college and the first to earn a Bachelor's degree and a Master’s degree.
Jen taught in public schools in both Colorado and Oregon focusing on schools with the greatest needs; a desire to work in schools with families with similar life experiences is important to Jen Devlin. She spent 17 years in elementary schools as a classroom teacher (Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th grades), reading interventionist, and ESL teacher (co-teaching K-5 and in SPED SCC classrooms), before moving to TTSD 2 years ago.
Jen now serves as the K-12 ELD/Title III Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) for TTSD. She feels that her position continues her dedication to equitably serve, educate and promote success for all students. Please contact Jen Devlin at email@example.com
ELD/Title III TOSA areas of focus: ELD student identification and class placement, ODE & Federal policies for ELD & Title III, Co-Teaching, Partnering with K-12 ELD Specialists, Dual-Identified ELD/SPED students, TTSD Translation & Interpretation services, Migrant Education, ELD Curriculum and Instruction, ELD Student and families.
ELD = English Language Development - Multilingual students that qualify to receive additional instruction to learn the English language
Kasey Fernandez – District Library/Media Specialist
Kasey Fernandez (she/they) has a passion for lateral reading, inclusion, research, student-selected reading, machine learning, data analysis, gamification, intellectual freedom, social justice, design and creativity. Kasey leads TTSD’s Library Services team and trains and partners with building library staff to maintain and develop TTSD’s library collections and services. Kasey curates the district’s Sora collection and accepts requests for ebooks and audiobooks. She has also begun to advise and support the Art Literacy program in partnership with the District Art Literacy Coordinator and the Director of Teaching and Learning.
Kasey attended college at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa (MEd in Ed Tech) and Portland State University (School Library Media). Kasey has roots in Kaua’i, HI, where she met her partner and their three children were born. She likes to play konane and make lei, as she learned growing up, and appreciates opportunities to learn and share multicultural activities and knowledge. She loves to read SciFi, Suspense, and a wide variety of informative Non-Fiction texts. Please contact Kasey Fernandez at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pam Harrel – Two-Way Immersion TOSA
Pam currently serves TTSD by supporting the Two-Way Immersion Program. She draws on her experience as a Middle School and High School World Language teacher, as an English Language Development Specialist and as a Sheltered Instruction trainer to support our multilingual students and teachers. Pam assists in the long-term planning for TWI, in instructional coaching, course design, curriculum selection, assessment, student enrollment in TWI and inter-school communication. In addition, Pam coordinates testing opportunities for students applying for the Oregon State Seal of Biliteracy. Please contact Pam Harrel at email@example.com