Info Sessions 2018

Meet Our Staff

Amanda McAdoo: Executive Director

Amanda McAdooAmanda joined the faculty at The Cottonwood School of Civics and Science (formerly Southwest Charter) in Fall 2010, was the Curriculum Coordinator in 2014/15, the Academic Director in 2015/16 and moves into her new role for the 2016/17 school year. After being away for 22 years, Amanda returned to her hometown of Portland to raise her two boys. Amanda received her Masters Degree in Education from the Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, California in 1992. With her degree in hand she has taught in a number of small alternative schools, designed a successful children’s clothing line using recycled materials and started her own Place based school in rural Montana. Amanda believes strongly in the power of Place Based Education and getting children out from behind their desks and into active, hands-on learning! She loves children and is enthusiastic about the outdoors, her community, family, cooking and crafts.


Sarah Anderson: Fieldwork Coordinator

Sarah AndersonSarah Anderson, was previously our 7th/8th teacher specializing in language arts and social studies, was originally lured to Oregon by its waterfalls. She spent most of her childhood exploring rivers and forests near her rural Vermont home- experiences which provided inspiration for a passion for nature and all things wild. After graduating with a degree in American Studies from Bard College in New York, Sarah served as an AmeriCorps volunteer for Metro Parks and Greenspaces in Portland. Since then, she has worked as a crew leader at an educational farm in Vermont, a Teacher Naturalist in the California Redwoods and a Middle School Humanities teacher at The Key School in Annapolis, Maryland. Sarah received a Masters of Education from Antioch New England Graduate School, where she specialized in integrated and place-based education. In addition to exploring the local neighborhoods and environs with her zany middle schoolers, Sarah enjoys knitting, hiking, pickling, reading good books, and climbing waterfalls.


Miller,CourtneyCourtney Miller, Curriculum Coordinator

More to come…








Kathy Price: Teacher’s Aide/BSE, Community Life

Kathy PriceKathy Price, a former preschool teacher, has been working with CSCS since the opening in 2007 (as Southwest Charter School). In addition to teaching preschool, Kathy has worked with Neighborhood House’s SUN program teaching after school classes to grades K-8. Kathy has a coached many sports over the years including soccer, basketball, gymnastics and dance. Outside of school, Kathy enjoys reading, hiking and long walks on the beach. Kathy has lived in Portland for most of her life and is proud to be bringing up her son in the same neighborhoods in which she grew up. Kathy has taken great joy in raising her teenage son and is grateful she gets to spend time with the amazing kids of CSCS.


Karen Bennett, Accounting Administrator

Karen Bennett







Bruce Thom, Business Administrator


Jenny Crain, School Secretary


Santigie Fofana-Dura, Teacher’s Aide


McKenzie McCann, Aftercare Assistant



Meet Our Teachers