Cascades Academy Independent School PK-12

Staff Bios

Meet the Camp CREATE 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, IDEA Lab 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.


Amy Meadow, Art Teacher

Amy Meadow has a Bachelor's degree in Animation and Illustration from Columbia College in Chicago as well as her teaching certification in Art Education from San Francisco State University. She has taught art from kindergarten through twelfth grade throughout the Bay Area and Santa Cruz, California as well as at the Art Station here in Bend. It is Amy's mission to inspire her students to look more closely at the world around them, discover their individual voices, and find joy, beauty, and fun in the creative process. Amy is also a published children's book illustrator, jewelry designer, painter and dabbler in anything artistic and/or crafty. She is responsible for organizing Bend's first Street Painting Festival, which is held annually in the Old Mill and features the work of local professional and student artists who participate in the spirit of community, creativity, and philanthropy. As part of the Cascades Academy team, Amy appreciates the warm and welcoming atmosphere and support from staff, parents and students, and is always looking forward to new and exciting ways to inspire and add artistic flair throughout the halls of CACO.

When Amy is not in "artist/teacher" mode, she is in "mommy" mode with her two girls, Chloe and Kaia, both the lights of her life and the reason why other activities such as yoga, dance, travel, and skiing could be categorized under "things Amy used to do regularly but now only occasionally" (though she still manages to find time for cooking, gardening, hiking, and dancing here and there!)