Cascades Academy Independent School PK-12

Staff Bios

Meet the Camp C.R.E.A.T.E. Staff

Colette Boylan, Summer Program Director
Colette Boylan is excited to begin another year as the Camp C.R.E.A.T.E. program director! Colette has a degree in Film and Media Arts from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA with a focus on media education and community arts. At the same time she worked with children through various after school and community development programs. Her experience with those programs revealed a passion for working with children as an educator and youth development professional, and she shifted her focus to youth recreation and experiential education.

For three years, Colette worked as an educator at High Trails Outdoor Science School in Big Bear, CA, where she taught environmental science to fifth and sixth graders. After living in a national forest during her time as an outdoor educator, Colette wanted to move to a community dedicated to outdoor activities and healthy living. She is excited by the endless opportunities in Bend and the vibrant community. She hopes to inspire kids to be equally excited by the opportunities around them, and to become involved in their community as much as possible.

Sarah Nichols, Maker Space Coordinator and Math Teacher

Sarah Nichols has been teaching since 2003, and has experiencing teaching a variety of math and maker space classes to students in grades 6-12. She is also the teacher for the lower school after school maker space program and led the STEAM Makers camp at Camp C.R.E.A.T.E. last summer. She started at Cascades Academy in the fall of 2014 after relocating with her family to Bend. Previously she taught at an independent school in Los Angeles for 7 years. She and her family have been enjoying getting to know the area through hiking, kayaking, and (recently!) skiing.

After growing up in a small suburb of Houston, Sarah earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia, on a full Army ROTC scholarship. When a medical discharge from the military left her wondering what to do with her life, she decided to go back to when science and math were fun for her....teaching middle school! She has played (and coached) competitive volleyball since she was 10 years old, and enjoys coaching the Middle School Girls Volleyball team.

Paul Snape, Robotics, Science, and Math Teacher

Paul teaches science and mathematics in the Upper School and brings a wide array of experiences to the classroom. In addition to five years teaching science and mathematics in California, he has worked as an academic researcher, food chemist and pharmaceutical chemist. Though not a native Oregonian, he considers Oregon his home, having grown up in Portland after emigrating from England with his family.

After receiving a B.A. in Chemistry from Pomona College, he taught chemistry, calculus and physics at a private all-girls school in Los Angeles. In addition to his classroom teaching, Paul also coached the Middle and Upper School cross-country teams, led outdoor education trips and coached the robotics team. Of course, as you might expect, he was also a member of the school’s Harry Potter club. His favorite part of this teaching experience was facilitating the relationship between the robotics students and professional engineers and watching students get excited about the applications of science and technology as they learned the robotics craft from mentors. Paul then returned to Oregon, where he worked as a wine chemist in the Willamette Valley before moving to Bend in 2007 to accept a job as a pharmaceutical chemist. Working as a chemist in Bend, he studied chemicals that can potentially leach out of plastic materials and into pharmaceutical products during the manufacturing process.

Paul enjoys most out-of-door pastimes, although his abilities vary wildly depending on the particular activity from “it’s a miracle he doesn’t tip over” to “capable." Hiking, camping, trail maintenance and gardening are his summer favorites, while winter is a time for all varieties of skiing. Year-round you’ll find him playing ultimate frisbee, trying out the latest board games or in the kitchen cooking, baking and canning up a storm.

Dr. Anne-Marie Eklund, Science Teacher

Dr. Anne-Marie Eklund teaches lower and middle school science and is the advisor to the 7th grade. She moved to Bend in August 2007 to start a new life far away from the big city of Miami, Florida, where she spent 17 years as a fishery biologist for NOAA-Fisheries and Everglades National Park. She grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, but headed for the white sandy beaches of Florida's Gulf Coast for school at Eckerd College where she studied marine biology - a natural choice at a college with over a mile of coast-line. Directly after getting her B.S. in Biology, she attended the University of Delaware College of Marine Studies and received her M.S. in Marine Biology and Biochemistry. After three years up north, she longed for Florida again, and started working at Everglades National Park as a research fishery biologist. Her best memories of that job are flying in helicopters and riding air boats to get to remote sample sites in the marsh.

Longing for bigger fish and saltier waters, she transferred to NOAA-Fisheries and began a long career studying reef fish ecology and grouper population biology. During that time, she completed her Ph.D. at the University of Miami. Her dissertation was on the effect of reef habitat complexity on predation and survival of juvenile reef fish. She spent many years studying the recovery of over fished grouper populations in the Gulf of Mexico, the Florida Keys and the Bahamas.

Although she enjoyed her career aboard ships and small boats, fishing and SCUBA diving, she has found that her true passion is teaching. She taught middle school science at Cushman School in Miami before relocating to Bend. One goal in moving away from the big city was to give her twin daughters more opportunities to roam in the wide-open spaces and natural beauty of Central Oregon. She and her family enjoy traveling, camping and skiing. She never tires of looking at or being in the mountains, so much so that she doesn't even miss the ocean.