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.

Adrianna Davis
Global Kids Program Coordinator

I was born and raised here in Portland, but have spent some years down in Corvallis and the LA area. I have a passion for social justice and youth development and am very excited to implement both of those ideologies into the work that I do here with Global Kids. I have two bachelor’s degrees, one in microbiology with a chemistry minor and a second in sociology with a crime and justice option.

Outside of social justice I have a passion for traveling and music. If you see me walking around it’s almost guaranteed I am listening to music. My favorite place I have ever traveled to so far is London. I am hoping my next big trip is to Amsterdam.

I am excited to see what the school year has in store for us!

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.

Nadia Rodela
Global Kids Group Leader

I was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. I recently graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelor’s degree in international and global studies with a minor in Spanish. I mainly focused on Latin America, and did a majority of my undergraduate research on Guatemala. I visited Guatemala in the Summer of 2018 and I cannot wait to return and visit more of Latin America.

After doing my senior capstone project on bilingual education, I was thrilled to receive a position here at TIS because if its promotion of the benefits and cultural values of multilingualism.

I hope to expand my global citizenship and intercultural communication not only through travel but by working in diverse communities such as the International School. I look forward to my work in the Global Kids department!

Stephanie Meikle

Global Kids Program Assistant

Originally I’m from Massachusetts but I 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 masters in elementary education to be able to teach in the U.S. and abroad, environmental conservation. 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!