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Portland, Oregon

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9930 N. Smith St. | Portland, OR 97203
Phone: (503) 916-6277 | Fax: (503) 916-2673

Christine Campanella - 5th Grade Teacher


I am from Portland, OR, but I have also lived in Washington, Texas, and Michigan.  

I have been an educator for 4 years, all of which have been at Sitton. I was the Math Specialist for 2 years, prior to being hired as a 5th grade teacher for 2012-13.

I believe that through education we can effect change in our world by empowering our youth to become the great thinkers and leaders of tomorrow. Prior to becoming a teacher, I worked as a Camp Fire leader, volunteer, and math tutor, working with many children and adults for whom education had not been empowering, it had instead caused great pain and humiliation. I wanted to change that. Our children have amazing potential, but they first must learn to believe in themselves: to believe in the power of their own voice, to believe in their ability to learn, to believe in their importance in our world. This is why I chose to become an educator.

The best part of my job is when a student who believes they cannot do something discovers that they can, not to mention all the smiles, laughter, and hugs that are an everyday part of my job.

When I am not teaching I love spending time with my family, long walks, and digging in the dirt (also known as my attempts at gardening. :)