Teaching Artists





Shelley Toon Lindberg

As a teaching artist, my aim is to engage students in inquiry through
visual and media arts. I love working with students of all ages to explore
interdisciplinary connections, environmental awareness, and intercultural
understanding, while asserting that we all have something of value to
express through the arts. Shelley is based in Hood River, Oregon. She
teaches K-12 students and trains classroom teachers in arts integration
practices in the Pacific Northwest, Alaska and Hawaii. She studied Fine
Arts at the University of Colorado at Boulder and Interdisciplinary Studies
in Arts, Education and Communications at Marylhurst University in Portland,
Oregon. Her visual art pieces appear in public and private collections
throughout the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Shelley serves as the
Executive Director of Arts in Education of the Gorge.



Chloë Hight

As a teaching artist, my goal is to lead students through the experiential
process of making, inspiring them to investigate, inquire, and question
the world around them. I strive to nourish collaborative conversation and
skills sharing to inspire group and individual inquiry and discovery while
drawing inspiration from the ecosystem in which I exist.

Chloë works with K-12 students and adults throughout Oregon, Washington,
Alaska and Vancouver, BC. She holds a BFA in Visual Art from Emily Carr
University of Art + Design in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Chloë
teachers with Right Brain Initiative, Young Audiences and Wild Craft Studio
School in Portland and Arts in Education of the Gorge.



Sean O'Connor

Several years ago I decided to stop taking pictures and instead let
photography take me. Through this experience, the camera became a
vehicle that has allowed me to fully immerse myself in the lives of the
subjects I cover. I am honored to pass down my knowledge and to the next
generation of visual storytelling. Sean O’Connor is an award-winning visual
storyteller, photographer and contributor to a Northwest Regional Emmy
Award project. Sean’s creative work is dedicated to capturing socially
responsible stories and educating youth in media arts. He offers
iPad-based filmmaking workshops to 6-12th grade students and
adults. He lives in the Columbia River Gorge with his wife and two
children and is in constant pursuit of wilderness experiences in
his spare time. Sean owns StoryGorge, LLC to develop film-based
project and works collaboratively with Arts in Education of the
Gorge in media arts education.