Instructors at Creative Roots are all professional artists, practitioners and educators. Each instructor brings his/her unique perspective and artistic experience to their programs to offer mentorship and inspiration to kids and adults alike. Our art instructors have traveled around the world and bring rich art experiences to our students and families
Jason Botel is a placed based educator who has been working and volunteering in the Portland area as a nature guide for school children for the last four years. His diverse background includes set design, bug wrangling and engineering props. Jason holds a B.S. in Environmental Studies and a M.Ed. in Leadership for Sustainability Education at Portland State University. His passion is empowering individuals with a heightened awareness of nature wherever they are. Areas of personal interest are Ethnobotany, Mycology, rock hunting and spending time with his wife and daughter.
Laura Content is a Portland-based cooking teacher, caterer and illustrator. She graduated from Lewis and Clark College with a BA in Art in 2006, and from Tante Marie’s Cooking School in San Fransisco, CA in 2009. Laura has worked as the Assistant Teacher for the Pastry Program at her alma mater, an artisan baker, and as a pastry chef, inspired by her travels in Italy. She loves drawing and photographing delicious things, catering parties, creating wedding cakes, and teaching cooking and gardening classes for children and adults at Luscher Farm in Lake Oswego and at Creative Roots. Laura works primarily with fine ink pen and watercolor pencil, and is currently writing and illustrating her first cookbook.
Pirrie Wright currently attends Lincoln High School as a Junior. She is studying yoga and mindfulness and has been practicing since she was 6 years old. She is a graduate of the French American School and each summer has been an instructor for their bilingual summer camp. She is currently enrolled in a trauma sensitive counseling program at Legacy Emanuel. Her Senior year she will travel to Burgundy, France to pursue an internship. In her free time she enjoys being in nature, learning about alternative medicine, exploring vegan restaurants, and singing.
ZHANG Hui (Gail) holds PhD in English Literature and is currently working towards both a Masters Degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and a Bachelors Degree in Nursing at Portland State University. Gail owns a language school in Harbin, Northeast China. Her interests are language teaching and caregiving. Gail is actively involved in the community, teaching ESL and volunteering at Good Samaritan Hospital in NW Portland. Gail is teaching Mandarin at Creative Roots and has two children who currently participate in Creative Roots programs.