Mr. Dorresteyn

I have lived in Southeast Portland for about seven years now. My roots go back to rural New York, where I was raised, and Indiana, where I attended a small college called Earlham. If you visited me at home, I would give you a tour of my gardens, chicken coop, and wood-shop.

I do like to spend time around the house working on projects and cooking healthy food, but I also love leaving the city and exploring our beautiful state. Lately, I have been learning to whitewater kayak on the Clackamas River.

I have been teaching fourth grade at Willamette Primary for six years now. Before that, I received my teaching certificate from Lewis and Clark College. Working with children has been a life long interest of mine. I started working at my first summer camp in rural New York in 1997, and I have worked with children or teenagers every year since then. One of my favorite jobs was leading backpacking, canoeing and rock climbing trips with teens in the mountains of Virginia. I also loved teaching middle schoolers about science at an outdoors school in the California redwoods.

As a teacher I put great effort into making learning meaningful for my class. I know that children learn best when they care about a subject. Some ways that I try to engage children are by making learning social, giving students challenges, bringing in stories or mysteries, connecting art with content, and offering hands-on projects.

If you have any questions about me or my classroom, please make a comment below, or email me.

36 Responses to Mr. Dorresteyn

  1. Jacob Groh says:

    Mr Dorrestyn you really have some awesome hobbies!!!

  2. Allyson Cannon says:

    hi mr.dorrestyn i loved being in your class and i hope you hade fun and also have fun this year although you gave homework and i DONT like homework but i did it happily and some times happily with friends and

    P.S. I LOVED YOU AS A TEACHER THANKS TO YOU I LIKE WRITING AND READING THANKS Mr.Dorrestyn.

  3. Micah Molden says:

    I love you.

  4. Rose Luna-Rosario says:

    YOU ARE THE BEST TEACHER EVER.

  5. Kaitlyn Melville says:

    your the best teacher ever thanks for being awesome

  6. Kaitlyn Melville says:

    hey this is Blaise McGuire i miss you so much but love middle school! You are such a great teacher don’t give up!

  7. Rose Luna-Rosario says:

    Your the BEST of the BEST .!!!!!!.!!!!.!!!!

    Go Mr.Dorresteyn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Lizeth Hernandez-Ramos says:

    YOU ARE THE BEST TECHER EVER

  9. Katherine Oswald says:

    thanks for being so nice and the best teacher ever

  10. Micah Molden says:

    iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiillllllllllllllllllllllllllllooooooooooooooovvvvvvvvvvvveeeeeeee. you

  11. Taylor Han says:

    You are the best teacher ever, in the world. THE BEST. You make school fun

  12. Rose Luna-Rosario says:

    you make me happy keep the good work and gite taller please????

  13. Cara Gamble says:

    Hi mr dorrestyn what’s your email? So I can email you the answers for your favorite book!

  14. Cara Gamble says:

    YOU MAKE SCHOOL amazing!! WE ARE SOOOOOOOOOO LUCKY TO HAVE YOU!!

  15. Rose Luna-Rosario says:

    You can make the world a better place go Mr.Dorresteyn!!!!!※

  16. Lizeth Hernandez-Ramos says:

    You are the best

  17. Rose Luna-Rosario says:

    I know right?

  18. Lizeth Hernandez-Ramos says:

    You make school amazing !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  19. Lizeth Hernandez-Ramos says:

    :)

  20. Octavio Partida says:

    You are a great teacher, Mr.D. You have such a great smile and a great look at life. You are the BEST TEACHER EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

    I’ll miss you when I leave. I hope I get the time to visit!!!!!!!!!

  21. Madelyn Tabor says:

    Hi mr. D!!!! You are a cool teacher! I’m am happy to be in the same class as you!!!!!!!!!!!
    -Maddy tabor

  22. Madelyn Tabor says:

    :) you make me WANT to go to school!!!!

  23. Carlos Andrade says:

    You are a really interesting and fun teacher.
    Carlos A ;)

  24. Johnny Li says:

    Thanks for being a nice teacher that has really interesting subjects. :)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Yay ;)

  25. Octavio Partida says:

    YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. Johnny Li says:

    Mr.D you are an excellent teacher who likes to smile and always be there for us.
    Thanks for letting us study the topics you chose for us and the awesome field trips we went to together as a class. After we graduate from this school, we would miss you and wish you to have fun! :)

  27. Madelyn Tabor says:

    BEST TEACHER EVER!!!! :) ;)

  28. Teddy Skyler says:

    Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars. Change the world Mr. Dorrestyn, change the world.

  29. Teddy Skyler says:

    I want to be you when I grow up Mr. Dorrestyn.

  30. Teddy Skyler says:

    So far, you’re my favorite teacher. Keep on growing, both knowledgeabledy and physicaly.

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