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Centennial Park School

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

Mike Bell, Day Program

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I have been teaching at Centennial Park since 2002.  I’ve been the math teacher for a few years now, and I really enjoy it.  I also think I’m pretty good at it.  But I was not always the math teacher.  I was hired to do electives, so I’ve done lots of art & PE and other creative things.  I’ve also been an Options teacher (meaning I’ve taught everything) and I’ve helped manage volunteers in the school.

Outside of school I like to listen to music and collect records, I collect and polish rocks, I build and fix things kind of like in my “Making Stuff from Stuff” class, and I’m a pretty good cook.  Mostly however, I just hang out and stay busy with my wife and my son.

I grew up in Maryland, but I went to college at Macalester College, in St. Paul Minnesota.  When I graduated I worked for a while as a brewer, and I worked in a restaurant or two, but I have been doing education-related stuff for a long time, since I got my teaching certificate through St .Michael’s College, in Colchester, Vermont.

As you can tell, I’ve lived a lot of places, but I really love Portland, and I have considered it my home since I first moved here. Which is pretty much how I feel about CPS.