Middle School Teachers

Ms. Ashley Peterson

Wallabies Teacher

Ms. Peterson joined the CLASS Academy faculty in April 2015. A native of Portland, Ms. Peterson studied Elementary Education at Portland State University. She enjoys teaching because she loves seeing the “light bulb” go off when children are learning something exciting. In her free time she enjoys reading, hiking, playing games, making art, and spending time with family and friends.

Mr. Matthew Dougherty

Kangaroos Teacher / Maintenance Director

Mr. Dougherty has been a teacher at CLASS Academy since August 2005. Born and raised in Alaska, he enjoys working with children and feeling like he’s making a different in their lives. In his free time he likes to read, play with his dog, build, and spend time with his family.

Mr. Alex Cole

Dragons Teacher


Mr. Cole, a native of Portland, has been apart of the CLASS Academy student support team since 2010. He has been a member of our teaching faculty since 2014. He enjoys working with children in order to see them learn and expand their perspective of the world. In his free time he is Reserve Police Officer and volunteers for various costume charities for kids.

Ms. Nakkia Robinson

Ms. Nakkia Robinson

Knights Teacher


Ms. Robinson has been teaching at CLASS Academy since May 2003. A veteran teacher, she has taught the Bears, Toucans, Rockets, and Kangaroos. She enjoys the community and family feeling that CLASS Academy provides. Ms. Robinson loves hearing her students’ thoughts about the world around them and feels she is constantly learning form her students. Her many interests include yoga, movies, writing, and spending time with her four children.