Mission & Vision
Cada Casa is an educational non-profit that aims to facilitate community-based learning opportunities. Our goal is to redefine education as a life-long process that best comes from the sharing of one's passion. Through after-school classes, partnering with other organizations in the community, pushing into the classroom, or simply connecting those who want to teach with those who want to learn, Cada Casa believes that our community is the best source of inspired education.
Explorative Learning. By providing unique, multi-disciplinary programs, children can find interest in new subjects. With classes that take place in the community (but also, sometimes in the classroom) one starts to explore their surroundings to find things that truly interest them. Cada Casa provides the resources, connections, and organization for students to explore and learn from the world around them.
Community Awareness: One's own environment has a potential for great learning. Our instructors come from the community and teach their art, craft, or profession with great passion. This contagious passion inspires children to learn from someone who isn't their daily teacher. In addition, it teaches the student that to do something, anything, all you have to do is learn. And furthermore, that this learning can come from the people around us.
As passion is a key element to our educational philosophy, we pride ourselves with the team that we have created here at Cada Casa. Whether it be local artists, musicians, or educators, all of our staff sincerely enjoy sharing what they are most passionate about. Click here to learn more.
In the Community
Cada Casa is very proud to be an active member of the Beaverton, Portland and Central Oregon community. In the Portland Metro Area (primarily Beaverton) we have teamed with Syner, Hillsboro Soccer Club, Beaverton High School, the Beaverton Snowboarding Alliance, West Sylvan Middle School, and Shelter-Us. In and around Bend we have worked with many groups, including non-profits such as Rise Up, CAUSA, Jobs for Justice, Deschutes County Mental Health, Oregon Rush Soccer Club and our partner non-profit, PoetHouse Art. Our involvement with the youth in and around Bend includes classes with Bend High School, Tumalo Middle School, J Bar J, NorthStar, and more.
Cada Casa was started to offer a different form of learning for today's youth. The idea behind community education is that there is a wealth of skills and information that can be learned from one's environment. It is the role of cada casa to facilitate such learning. Founder, Tymon Emch, has spent over a decade working with children in many forums, which has eventually led to the creation of this educator/student facilitation. Tymon is a Dual Language (Two-Way Immersion) Science teacher in the Beaverton school district, but Cada Casa started well before this.
In 2008, Tymon spent 6 months living and working at a children's home in Cusco, Peru. While teaching English, and acting as Director of Extracurricular Activities, Tymon found that there was a disconnection between the children's perception of education and its relation to their life. A new class was created where passionate college students and US volunteers came and spoke to the group about what they do, and how education was integral to this process. Classes included the creation of a newspaper, mock-archeology excavations, screen-printing, web-site development, musicianship, and more. It became apparent that people could become great educators when assisted with curriculum development and when done so with great passionate. Returning to the US, Tymon brought this idea of transforming enthusiastic, inspired members of our community into educators of new, interesting classes.
In 2008, initial classes included Bilingual Soccer, Art Movements and Techniques, and Conversational Spanish, and Math Tutoring. With support from the community, Cada Casa grew and partnered with PoetHouse art to provide more and more classes. These programs became more popular, and soon we were in public middle and high schools, rehabilitation centers, hospitals, half-way homes, and much more. Check out some of our Past Classes.
In 2013 we offered our first full-day summer school hosted at Straub Middle School, in Salem, Oregon. Students chose their own four class schedule with a wide range of academic, arts, and sport classes. This year also started to offer our classes in the Beaverton School District funded by internal grants. These classes included Spoken Poetry is Transformational (Beaverton High and Meadow Park), Electronic Music Production (Beaverton High), and other soccer and arts programs for a variety of schools and ages.
In the News
Although elements of Cada Casa International have included workshops in Indonesia, Peru, and Tunisia, in 2018 we brought our first group of students to Costa Rica.
Since our founding, we have expanded from Central Oregon to Salem, Portland and Beaverton. If you are interested in hosting some of our classes at your school, please feel free to contact us.