Christine Downs
About Christine

Christine lives in Southeast Portland with her husband & dog. She enjoys spending time making art, gardening, and traveling. During the school year, she makes art two days per week with kindergarten through 5th grade students at Pioneer School. Students are typically placed here in this program due to unsafe behavior. Christine says, “It’s the perfect job for me!”

Christine taught at Portland State University, Graduate School of Education for many years, preparing candidates becoming special education teachers. Christine loves being back in the classroom with students. She especially loves being in the role of art teacher for this population of students in a Portland Public School program. Christine also continues substitute teaching at her favorite places when possible.

For years, Christine was obsessed with Interpersonal Neurobiology. She taught entry-level PSU Interpersonal Neurobiology courses, Learning & the Brain & co-taught Meditation & the Brain with Caverly Morgan, founder of Portland’s Peace in Schools. She continues to volunteer as a Mindfulness Facilitator for Camp Blue Spruce, a week- long summer camp for kids with severe food allergies.


Resume Artist's Statement

Christine Downs, glass artist