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, pushing into the classroom, or simply connecting those who want to teach with those who want to learn, Cada Casa believes that more can be accomplished together than apart.
Explorative Learning. By providing unique, multi-disciplinary programs, children can find interest in new subjects. With classes that take place in the community, rather than 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 sincerly 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 Portland and Central Oregon community. In the Portland Metro Area (primarily Beaverton) we have teamed with 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 parent 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 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 is integral. 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 wishes to bring 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 Spanish Conversation, and Math Tutoring. With support from the community, cada|casa is very excited to collaborate with the PoetHouse Art community. These programs grew in popularity, 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. Students chose their own four class schedule with a wide range of academic, arts, and sport classes. As our after school and in school classes continue, we look forward to the 2015 summer course offerings.
In the News
Since our founding, we have expanded to the Salem and Beaverton area. In 2015 we will be offering some of our classes at two new locations: Meadow Park Middle School and Beaverton High School.
It is never too early to start thinking about the summer. We will be hosting a summer camp (Monday - Thursday) from June 22nd to July 9th. Be sure to check back in during February when the final schedule will be released.
Take a look at our calendar for upcoming events in your area.