Greg Brown

Greg is originally from the Boston area. He studied media arts at Emerson College and focused in audio production, film, video, photography, and design. After college, he immersed himself in the local Boston music scene. He played in a band, worked as a sound engineer, and sold audio equipment.

Eventually he decided to go back to school to become a special education teacher. After completing his masters program, he moved to Portland and started his teaching career. He taught as a special ed teacher for several years, and then he became a classroom teacher.

He has operated a few arts enrichment programs over the years. He currently owns and operates  Activate Day Camp, and in the late summer of 2018, he opened Activate Studio with the goal of offering arts and technology enrichment year-round.

Greg also is passionate about literacy instruction, so Activate Studio also offers high quality, multi-sensory, and systematic literacy instruction for students with dyslexia and other struggling readers and writers.

He strongly believes that children should be allotted lots of freedom, space, time, resources, and inspiration to be creative.

When he's not teaching or running camps, he records music under the name gbtn. He also enjoys hiking, watching the Blazers, swimming, cycling, and reading about radical approaches to education.

Candace Jahn

Candace Jahn is a New Jersey native currently living and working in Portland, Oregon. She received her BA in Art and Education with a concentration in Photography from Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey and her MFA in Visual Studies from Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon. 

Candace currently teachers art in Portland Public Schools while maintaining an active studio practice.  Her passion is to cultivate an environment for creative minds to explore ways to express themselves by sustaining creative outlets and encouraging their powerful potential.   

Outside the classroom and studio, Candace enjoys book clubs, second run movies, a good slice of pizza and time spent exploring new places with her dog.

 Evan Harrelson

Evan is originally from South Carolina where he studied literature and creative writing in college.  He came to the Portland area to attend graduate school in his pursuit of becoming a teacher. A lifelong avid reader, Evan wished to put his passion for literacy to work. He currently teaches 5th grade at Astor School in N Portland.

He is a musician and has played in bands for over ten years. After college, he toured the country playing music before settling in Portland. 

He believes that children should be provided with a space where they feel listened to, respected, and validated.

In his free time, Evan enjoys spending time at the library, going outdoors and hiking, listening to and playing music, going to the movies, exercising and a good cup of coffee.