Anne Upczak Garcia
Anne Upczak Garcia has lived and worked in Latin America and in the United States for more than a decade with both children and adults learning two languages. She holds a Masters Degree in Multicultural, Bilingual and ESL Education from the University of Colorado. She recently authored a book with her colleague Brad Buhrow titled "Ladybugs, Tornadoes and Swirling Galaxies, English Language Learners Discover their World through Inquiry". You can learn more about the book HERE. Her passions are her family, writing fiction and traveling to anywhere.
Jeanette Scotti grew up outside of Seattle, Washington. She attended Oregon State University, home of the Fighting Beavers, where she received a degree in Business with an emphasis in Management Information Systems in 1996. Throughout her undergrad years she also played on the OSU women’s soccer team. After a stint in the business world, she returned to OSU in the summer of 1999 to obtain a Masters Degree in Teaching. During her masters program she also completed her English as a Second Language endorsement. Jeanette taught for one year in Portland, OR then decided it was time to venture away from the Northwest. She has now been at Columbine Elementary since 2002 and has found Columbine to be the perfect fit. Jeanette admires her principal and staff for the hard work they consistently put forth. She loves teaching all of her students and has learned some of her best life lessons from them. She feels fortunate that she has a strong team of colleagues to work with everyday. A few of Jeanette’s passions include eating, laughing, playing soccer, running or some sort of exercise that is fun, reading, traveling and hanging with her husband and son. She is an avid fan of any Oregon State Athletic team or former athlete.
Hello! This is my sixth year at Columbine. I have a Masters in education, and I've been teaching in various capacities for 15 years, including ESL, adult education, and Montessori elementary. I love being part of the team at Columbine, and I love the kids! I also love hanging out with my family, hiking, traveling, learning languages, and reading - anything.