17630 SE Main Street, Portland, OR 97233 • Phone 503-762-3202 • Fax 503-760-1651

Centennial Park School

A place to belong. A way to achieve. - Centennial School District

Donna Brent, Day Program

Picture of a group of people on top of a mountain

(Colleagues, family, and friends atop Mt St, Helens.  I am in the middle with a blue coat and no sunglasses.)


Teaching at CPS since 1997 had been a privilege and a pleasure. For many years I taught a combined 7th and 8th grade class.  However, in the fall of 2015 I transitioned to teaching 9th-12th graders.  I enjoy working with students in our culinary arts program, helping students learn algebra, encouraging students to be physical in P.E., and developing  their skills as a reader.  Students and I also engage in service learning at the local food bank, and explore the environment of Portland and the Columbia River Gorge.

I am a native of Portland, but have traveled throughout the U.S., Asia, and Europe. My alma mater is the University of Puget Sound where I received a Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies, and a minor in religion. Later, I attended Portland State University, where I received my teaching endorsement.

Away from school, I spend time outdoors, practice yoga, read, and enjoy the company of family and friends.