Global Kids Staff


Kate Cooper
Global Kids Extended-Day Program Manager

  • From upstate New York; Vancouver, Canada; and the San Francisco Bay Area
  • BA Community Studies, University of California Santa Cruz – Field Study in Nicaragua

I am so excited to be a part of a multi-lingual and multi-cultural school community that reflects the diversity within my own family! When I’m not at school I love hiking with my family, cooking nutritious meals, and breaking bread together.

J May
Global Kids Program Coordinator

Born and raised in the desert of Las Vegas, Nevada and just moved out to the Portland area (back for round II), because I oddly enjoy the seasonal weather. I have attended the University of Oregon (Go Ducks!) and Portland State with a BS in Communications and minor in Child Development looming for next fall. I have loads of experience having been an after-school enrichment teacher and recess coordinator just up the road at Ainsworth Elementary for 4+ years, a seasonal site director at Steve & Kate’s Camp at All Saints School in Northeast PDX for a few summers, and just recently a kids’ programs supervisor at Life Time Athletic in Las Vegas.

I am ecstatic at the opportunity to join the amazing International School family. I aim to provide an entertaining, educational, friendly, and safe environment for all. Let’s get started! Go Owls!

Global Kids Group Leaders

Ariel Jutkowitz
Global Kids Group Leader

I was born and raised on the east coast but moved to the west coast after graduating from The Culinary Institute of America. (Yes, I’ll share recipes!) I worked in the food industry for over 10 years, and have recently started to pivot my career into working with kids. I currently work for Portland Public Schools, in Nutrition Services, making school lunches. I have enjoyed working with kids in the school gardens and working with the Growing Gardens community. I help keep Portland green with my home garden, commuting on my bike, or taking public transportation. I enjoy puzzles of all kinds, and work on the New York Times daily crossword. I also am a dog sitter and enjoy running around Mt. Tabor, especially on the clear days, for the nice views.

Daisy Batiz
Global Kids Group Leader

I was born and raised in Ponce, Puerto Rico. I obtained a Bachelor of Art in Special Education with a minor in Autism. I have another minor in Special Education in the Deaf and Partially Deaf and thirty credits in a Master’s Degree in Special Education (Mild Disabilities).  

I possess more than 3 years of progressive experience in the teacher special education field. My professional history includes positions such as teaching special education at The Department of Education in Puerto Rico as well as teaching/tutoring at a program called GEAR UP and also at The Center for Academic Development Inc. Both programs contributed to the strengthening of my skills and I gained a greater understanding of the areas in which students experience difficulties.

I am currently in the middle of my second year here in Portland as a Spanish teacher for a Preschool. During my time here, I have been able to see the benefits that immersion programs can offer. During the summer I worked at The International School, I had the best experience seeing the students want to learn about different languages and to explore different cultures. I loved how my influence encouraged them to learn Spanish. I felt really proud to be doing my job. I am excited to be teaching at the Global Kids Extended-day Program at The International School!

Ellen O’Dell
Global Kids Group Leader

I just graduated from the University of Portland in May 2018 with my major in Spanish and a minor in Elementary Education. I am from Oregon City and I’ve lived in Portland for the last five years. I worked as a classroom volunteer throughout college, where I helped students with reading, writing, and math. I hope to get my master’s degree in Spanish. I’m grateful to be a part of the community at the International School – it’s amazing to participate in these full immersion classrooms. I am learning so much everyday from the staff and students alike.

Stephanie Meikle
Global Kids Program Assistant

I’m originally from Massachusetts but  have lived in many places across the US and internationally, including Paris as an au pair and Lima as a English and yoga teacher. Currently I’m working on my degree at PCC in Environmental Science and minoring in Spanish with the eventual goal of getting a Master’s in Elementary Education to be able to teach environmental conservation in the U.S. and abroad. I enjoy experimenting with cooking, reading and had my first ever vegetable garden last spring!

I’m very excited to be apart of such a diverse group at TIS with Global kids as I not only have a passion working with kids but learning about all types of cultures from students, parents and teachers!

Ahren Lucchini
Global Kids Group Leader

  • From Orlando, FL
  • BA in Liberal Studies with a focus in Urban Policy and Japanese Studies

Having lived in the Portland area since I was four years old, I feel like a Portlander and am proud of the culture we have. I have always enjoyed connecting with people and having the opportunity to work in the school system has allowed me to turn something I enjoy into something I can be passionate about.

I’ve played the guitar since college, and began playing the drums more recently. Being self-taught, I hope to teach students how much fun music can be and how it is a creative form of communication. I’m also always on the lookout for some fresh Portland Jazz. (If you need any recommendations in Portland’s music scene, I would be more than happy to share!). Outside of music, I enjoy online gaming.

I am grateful to be part of such a great international community in Portland. I hope to use my proficiency in Japanese to help students further their language learning and to support them in becoming global leaders.

Taylor Hoffman

I was born and raised in Alaska, living in various areas during my youth. I studied Japanese extensively through college, culminating in a Master’s Degree of Arts in Japanese Literature from Portland State University. From there, I taught English in Hachinohe, Japan as a part of the JET Programme for two years before returning to Portland.

I believe strongly in diversity, multiculturalism and international goodwill, so I am excited to be a part of The International School. I look forward to working with the children get them excited about becoming Global Citizens.

Sarah Baker

I am originally from Northern California and have been living in the PNW for about two years now. I graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Biological Sciences emphasizing in Evolution, Ecology and Biodiversity, and soon after moved to Hawaii where I completed an internship in Permaculture Farming that fueled my passion for food sovereignty, gardening, and sustainability. My hobbies include growing, cooking , and eating plants, yoga, reading, and hiking/camping/exploring Oregon with my Australian Cattle Dog rescue pup!

In August 2019 I became an Enrichment Educator for TIS and I’m so excited to spark the students’ interest in a multitude of topics, from gardening and nutrition to celebrating diversity and culture. I feel fortunate to work in an environment that values community and promotes curiosity, and I can’t wait to see what this year brings.

Mako Barmon 

Bio coming soon!