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Mrs. Allahverdian

I live in SE Portland with my husband, Shea, and our identical twin boys, Kaveh and Keenan.  They turned 6 this summer and are starting 1st grade this fall at Llewellyn Elementary, our neighborhood school.  We spent the majority of our summer days exploring Oregon, hiking, camping, berry picking, swimming at the local pool, and enjoying our backyard garden.  I’ve also been training this summer to climb Mount Adams. Hopefully as you read this, I’ll be making my way towards the summit and will have some stories to share with you about my journey!

A little more about me:

In my free time I love to run, play guitar or piano, garden, and read.  I also love being on the water in my kayak or rafting on a river.  I’ve traveled in many parts of the world including South & Central America, Thailand, Australia, and New Zealand.  Before the boys were born, Shea and I spent several summers in Alaska, where I was a sea kayak guide and had the opportunity to paddle with otters, orcas, and humpback whales.  I look forward to sharing some of those experiences with you when we study oceans and wildlife this year.

This summer I had the wonderful opportunity be trained in Denver, Colorado as a facilitator of “The World Peace Game,” a hands-on simulation where students explore the connectedness of the global community while solving crises.  I am excited to play the game with you this year and see how you tackle real issues that affect our world today.

In addition to the World Peace Game, we have so many  interesting projects to look forward to this year including a study of the Willamette Wetland, a hands-on chemistry unit, an exploration of American History, an economics unit that culminates with a trip to Biztown, and a two night adventure in the Opal Creek Wilderness.  We will start the year getting to know each other and developing a strong classroom community.  I’m also thrilled that our classroom will host a student teacher this year, named Brent Magnum.

Now that you know a little about me, I can’t wait to get to know each of you.  I know we will have a great year together!    Please e-mail me if you have any questions, comments or would just like to introduce yourself and your family. I love to hear from students before the year starts. I really look forward to meeting you!


Mrs. Allahverdian

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Mr. Mangum                                     brent

Greetings Students and Families!

I am pleased to be your 5th grade student teacher! My name is Mr. Mangum, and I will be working closely with Mrs. Allahverdian to ensure that all students receive an excellent education in their final year at Willamette. My mission is to make each student feel truly cared for and listened to. It will be a wonderful privilege to work with Mrs. Allahverdian and her class, and I can’t wait to get to know you all throughout the coming year!

A little about myself: I graduated from Oregon State University in 2012 with a degree in Chemistry and a focus in Biochemistry. I then spent the next five years working in scientific laboratories, first as an analytical chemist, then as a microbiologist. After many years working inside a laboratory, I have made the decision to never work in another lab again. I have always loved education; I carry a passion for storytelling, history, math, reading and science. I am excited to share those passions with the students I will be working with this year!

I have spent my summer running, reading and eating berries from farmer’s markets. This summer I completed my first marathons and 50K races. By next summer I hope to accomplish my first 50 mile race, and possibly a 100 mile race (yes I may be a little ambitious)! I am currently studying at Lewis and Clark University where I will receive my Master’s degree in education next spring.

Sincerely Yours,

Brent A Mangum


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