Meet Your PAT Bargaining Team!

Steve Lancaster, Chair

My name is Steve Lancaster. I entered the teaching profession 18 years ago as a Social Studies teacher at Marshall High School were I taught for four years.  Since then I have taught at Madison, Cleveland and Lincoln where I have been for 12 years.  I began serving on the Bargaining Team eight years ago and have held the Chair position for the last six years, making this my forth time at the bargaining table.  I passionately believe that our contract is a vehicle for protecting the teaching profession and ensures that the voice of professional educators will be honored.

Steve Lancaster

Francisca Alvarez

My name is Francisca Alvarez. I am a second grade Spanish Immersion Teacher at Scott School. I have been part of Portland Public Schools since 2007. I have experienced teaching in English only settings and DLI following the 90/10 model.

Samara Bockelman

Hello Portland Public community. My name is Samara Bockelman and my pronouns are she/they. I am a Portland Public high school graduate, and currently work as a middle school counselor. I have worked for Portland Public Schools since the fall of 2017, and over the past 6 years I have worked at both elementary and middle school levels.


Julia Fogg

Hello! My name is Julia Fogg and my pronouns are she/her. I attended PPS schools from elementary school through high school graduation. I also student taught in PPS and have been an educator in this district since 2012. I have been a first and second grade teacher, an MTSS TOSA and am currently the instructional coach at Chief Joseph Elementary School.

Charity Powell

My name is Charity Powell, I am a Special Education Teacher at Laurelhurst School, and mom to an incoming kindergartener. I have worked for PPS since 2002. Over the years, I have taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade as a General Education Teacher, and Kindergarten through 8th grade as a Special Education Learning Center Teacher. 

Thea Keith

My name is Thea Keith, I have been a middle school teacher in PPS since 2007. I teach health and science at West Sylvan Middle School where I have served as a building rep since 2014.