Who We Are

Jacqueline Jannotta Rothenberg is diving back into the online world after the extended “baby diversion” (some call it a nap – ha!). With her children finally in school full time, she can now re-engage her research, writing and editing skills, which stem from a degree in Speech from Northwestern. Jacqueline spent 10 years in LA’s entertainment industry doing everything from production to sitcom development to writing, before crossing over into the world of content producing for Internet start-ups. For the past 10 years, she has called Portland home, finding it a livable, creative haven - and a great place to raise kids.


This is Katy Mayo-Hudson’s first foray into the website world, as most of her career has been spent as an elementary public school teacher and teacher trainer. Her move with her family to Portland five years ago was in part so that her kids could take advantage of the diverse array of school choices that Portland offers. She is currently employed by PPS as an instructional coach in a K-8 school, where she puts her literature degree from UC Santa Cruz to use by supporting teachers in their writing and reading instruction.



Contributing writer Tamara Miller is an at-home mom to two young children who squeezes in a little freelance writing around frequent feedings and preschool art projects. Before “opting out,” she spent 10 years using her journalism degree from the University of Kansas working for newspapers in Kansas, Colorado and California. She finally realized her dream of living in the Northwest when she and her family moved to Portland in 2009.



Deborah Kass-Ray, MS, LCSW, a long-time Portland resident and PPS parent is excited to join the Scoop on Schools team.  After a decade as a full-time parent, Deborah recently returned to private practice as a psychotherapist and parent educator. In between volunteer time, playdates and soccer games, Deborah delved into the explosion of research integrating child development with brain science. This inspired her to create PdxParenting, an organization offering affordable parent education.  Deborah holds degrees from Northwestern University, Bank Street College of Education, and Columbia University.


Kristin Walrod has been working in, and with, schools for the past twelve years as an arts administrator, as a creative writing instructor, and as an involved parent. As a writer-in-residence, she has taught students in a variety of urban and rural elementary, middle and high schools in Oregon and Washington. Currently, she works part-time for The Right Brain Initiative as an Arts Integration Facilitator and is writing her first novel.