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Meet Our Staff

Amanda McAdoo: ExecutiveDirector

Amanda McAdooAmanda joined the faculty at Southwest Charter in Fall 2010, was the Curriculum Coordinator in 2014/15, the Academic Director in 2015/16 and moves into her new role for the 2016/17 school year. After being away for 22 years, Amanda returned to her hometown of Portland to raise her two boys. Amanda received her Masters Degree in Education from the Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, California in 1992. With her degree in hand she has taught in a number of small alternative schools, designed a successful children’s clothing line using recycled materials and started her own Place based school in rural Montana. Amanda believes strongly in the power of Place Based Education and getting children out from behind their desks and into active, hands-on learning! She loves children and is enthusiastic about the outdoors, her community, family, cooking and crafts.

Ms. Marlene: Health, Information & Property Administrator

Miss MarleneMs. Marlene is the school’s Health, Information & Property Administrator and has been with SWCS since 2007. She has years of extensive business experience in a variety of capacities encompassing business management, marketing, accounting, school systems, desktop publishing and event coordination. She has hands-on expertise with boo-boos, whining, pouty or anxious behavior from staff or students, positive parental reinforcement and a marvelous flair for obtaining discounted or freebies for our school. In her spare time, Marlene likes to sleep or hunt down philanthropists.



Sarah Anderson: Fieldwork Coordinator

Sarah AndersonSarah Anderson, was previously our 7th/8th teacher specializing in language arts and social studies, was originally lured to Oregon by its waterfalls. She spent most of her childhood exploring rivers and forests near her rural Vermont home- experiences which provided inspiration for a passion for nature and all things wild. After graduating with a degree in American Studies from Bard College in New York, Sarah served as an AmeriCorps volunteer for Metro Parks and Greenspaces in Portland. Since then, she has worked as a crew leader at an educational farm in Vermont, a Teacher Naturalist in the California Redwoods and a Middle School Humanities teacher at The Key School in Annapolis, Maryland. Sarah received a Masters of Education from Antioch New England Graduate School, where she specialized in integrated and place-based education. In addition to exploring the local neighborhoods and environs with her zany middle schoolers, Sarah enjoys knitting, hiking, pickling, reading good books, and climbing waterfalls.


Kathy Price: Teacher’s Aide/BSE

Kathy PriceKathy Price, a former preschool teacher, has been working with SWCS since the opening in 2007. In addition to teaching preschool, Kathy has worked with Neighborhood House’s SUN program teaching after school classes to grades K-8. Kathy has a coached many sports over the years including soccer, basketball, gymnastics and dance. Outside of school, Kathy enjoys reading, hiking and long walks on the beach. Kathy has lived in Portland for most of her life and is proud to be bringing up her son in the same neighborhoods in which she grew up. Kathy has taken great joy in raising her teenage son and is grateful she gets to spend time with the amazing kids of SWCS.


Jonathan Swartout: Grants Manager/ Educational Assistant

Jonathan SwartoutOur After School Enrichment Coordinator is Jonathan Swartout. Joining the staff team in 2012, Jonathan completed his Bachelor’s degree in English at  PSU. As both an actor and director, he has worked extensively in and around the theater, and he has produced and directed several plays and musicals at SW Charter. He has also worked in many after school settings, including the Sun School program, Kingsley Pines Summer Camp & Boys and Girls clubs. “Jonathan is nice and understanding,” says Lucia D. age 10. “He’s goes to a lot of trouble to take care of us,” adds her Owen A., age 7.

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