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Alex (Greaves) Christensen


Alex Greaves is a Portland native. She graduated from Wilson High School in Portland. After high school, she went to Brigham Young University where she got her Bachelor’s of Arts in History. After a few years of soul searching, she got a Masters of Arts in Teaching at Western Oregon University, with a focus on Social Studies education. Alex has been at RPA for two years and has 4 years of teaching experience in total. Alex believes in teaching Social Studies in fun and interesting ways, using technology (both old and new) to enrich her students’ experience. In her free…

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Brandy Alvarez


Brandy Alvarez is a Texas native but Oregon is familiar territory. She owned and operated a small organic farm outside of Eugene, OR for seven years. During this time, she earned her Bachelor’s of Science in General Science from the University of Oregon. After receiving her degree, she spent a year in Costa Rica enjoying her children. Following a year of rest, she moved home to Texas where she attained her science teaching endorsement. After six years of teaching middle school science and horticulture, Brandy devoted a year entirely to graduate school at the University of Texas at San Antonio…

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Cheryl Goodson

Student Success Coach

Mrs. Cheryl Goodson Student Success Coach. Cheryl was raised in a large family in the Midwest where her parents gave her a classical education without realizing it. Bedtime stories consisted of beautiful poetry and novels and she was a frequent visitor at the local library searching for more classical novels and biographies of the greats. Instead of bugs or rocks Cheryl had a word collection. In high school she chose to study Latin and loved learning etymology. She also started a British Literature reading group with her friends. Post high school she attended BYU-Idaho studying history, literature, and Latin. She…

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Lori McKinley


Lori McKinley is a native of Molalla and a  graduate of Molalla High School. She attended George Fox University in order to study mathematics, something she has had a passion for since early childhood. Lori began her teaching career 31 years ago as a math and science teacher at Country Christian School.   Her roles expanded over the years to include administration and she served as vice principal and high school counselor for 5 years before accepting a position at RPA. Her favorite part of her job, however, has always been the time spent with her students both in the classroom…

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Mata Kimmel

5th Grade

Mata Kimmel has been with RPA since it’s initial charter year (2010). She has lived in Clackamas County since childhood. Ms. Kimmel home-schooled her two children following the classical model of education. They were ready for college at a surprisingly early age. Since her kids were too young to attend Clackamas Community College on their own, she and her husband decided she would accompany them to school, not as a chaperone, but as a student! Thus began a new adventure. She earned her Bachelor’s of Arts in “Human Development.” Continuing her education through Warner-Pacific University, she attained a Master’s of…

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Peg Moore


Peg Moore started her teaching career in 1973. She taught at Redland and five different schools for Molalla River. She seemed to always teach multi-level classes. In fact, her first year teaching at Maple Grove (the site of the RPA campus), she had five grades (4th-8th) all in one room. Both her now grown children attended Maple Grove, so she has always had a soft spot for our little school. In her retired life she enjoys caring for her chickens and gardens. Her latest hobby is making tinctures and salves from herbs in the garden. There is always something new…

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