About Me


At the Teotihuacan ruins

Paddling at Hagg Lake

Camping in Washington at Rainbow Falls

I am a teacher at Franklin High School in Portland, Oregon. I teach Language Arts and 9th Grade Inquiry to freshman students and Junior English. I am beginning my 19th year at Franklin and my 34th year as a teacher. I've been teaching a long time, but I still have a lot to learn. 

I enjoy reading and writing and playing my guitar in my spare time. I love live music and hanging out with my friends who also love live music. I love working out, roller skating, walking my dog, camping, and taking my kayak out to local rivers and lakes. Whenever I get a chance, I travel. My last trip out of country was a visit to Mexico City last June, but long delayed because of Covid. I have been all over the world in my travels. When I come home, there is always a wagging tail. Dog love. My dog is a loveable Staffy mix named Gravy.

​My educational background is a degree in English from the University of Montevallo in Alabama. My Master's Degree is in education from University of Alabama in Birmingham. I have also taken many courses since then at universities all over California and a few in the Portland area. I regularly attend conferences and participate in Webinars in teaching writing and using technology in the classroom. 

 Feel free to contact me:

Email: pgarrett@pps.net  or msgarrettonline@gmail.com