Art, Music, and PE Specialist Faculty - The International School

Art, Music & PE Specialist Faculty

All students study art, music & PE with specialists as an integral part of the TIS curriculum.


Sarah Harpole
Art Specialist - grades 2 through 5

  • From Albany, Oregon
  • Master's in Art Education from Pacific University
  • Bachelor's in Art and with a minor in Art History from the University of Oregon
  • Teaching since 2007; teaching full-time at TIS since 2014.

Growing up I knew I wanted to be an Art Teacher. While in high school, I was lucky to have an amazing, fun, dynamic and creative Art Teacher who also taught me the importance of making sure your students know you care about them and believe in their ability to do great things. I’m blessed to have the amazing job of encouraging young people to find their own way of expressing themselves through visual arts. I value the importance of teaching students to try their best, to be helpful and to be kind to others. One of my favorite things about being a teacher is to see kids experience pride in creating something with their hands and their hearts.

I grew up in Albany, Oregon and have had the chance to appreciate the outdoors by camping, fishing and hiking with my family. My husband and I still enjoy getting outdoors with our giant Chocolate Lab, Brutus. Some of my hobbies include painting, photography, cross-stitch, pottery, cooking and gardening. I am looking forward to being a permanent part of the TIS community! Please feel free always to stop by the Art Room to see what we are creating or just to say hi!


Carolina Barros
Art Specialist - preK through 1st grade

  • From Porto Alegre, Brazil and Boston, Massachusetts
  • Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts, Bachelor of Arts in Theater from College of Charleston
  • Master of Arts in Teaching from Lewis and Clark College
  • Teaching since 2008; teaching at TIS since 2010

I became interested in learning about different cultures after living in the Boston area. Upon returning to my native Brazil, I brought with me a new perspective of a world full of different cultures and languages - and a lot of wonderful diversity. I returned to the United States after being accepted to Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, Massachusetts, a school which taught students to celebrate their different backgrounds and all walks of life.

My passion for diversity, art and teaching grew with my college years, as I taught Portuguese privately and to fellow students. These experiences have allowed me to, without a shadow of a doubt, enroll in an M.A.T. (Master of Arts in Teaching) program at Lewis and Clark, where multiculturalism is emphasized. And now I am a proud member of TIS - a school which is perfect in every single way- for the more diversity one knows, the more complete one is.

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Peter Musselman
Music Specialist - grades 2 through 5

  • From Fresno, CA, Elsah, IL and Lancaster, PA.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Geosciences (Music Minor) from Franklin & Marshall College
  • Bachelor of Science in Music from Southern Oregon University
  • Master of Fine Arts in Electronic Music & Recording Media from Mills College
  • Level I Certification, Kodaly Workshop at Portland State University
  • Level I & II Orff-Schulwerk - The San Francisco School
  • Orff Schulwerk Level III, Southern Methodist University, Dallas TX
  • Serves on the board of the Portland Orff-Schulwerk Association (POSA)

As a music teacher, I give my students the gift of fluency in the language of music. Fluency in spoken language describes the ability to actively and effectively engage in an unscripted conversation, not just the ability to correctly recite a practiced passage. Similarly, my students should be comfortable not only reading music, but composing and improvising music as well.

My musical life has given me the joy of listening to music, playing music, and the joy of long-lasting friendships that began through musical activities. I teach music to share the joy that my involvement in music from an early age has given me. I expect that my students will have the confidence to join and participate in any community they may encounter in their lives.

Click here for an article about Peter and the elementary music program.


Kami Richards
Music Specialist - prek through 1st grade

  • From Hermiston, Oregon
  • Bachelor's in Elementary Education/Early Childhood from Eastern Oregon University
  • Masters in Music from Portland State University
  • Level 1 Certification: Kodaly Workshop
  • Level 1 Certification: Orff Schulwerk Workshop

One of the greatest rewards in life is being able to teach future generations how to better themselves through knowledge, protect the earth and treasure life in all its great forms. This is where music really shines. Music is a powerful connector that allows listeners and performers alike to communicate and appreciate each other no matter the language or background. Another beautiful element of music is not just its ability to connect people, but how it is able to enrich the individual scholastically, emotionally and comprehensively.

My students and I will work to create a strong musical foundation which they can build upon for the rest of their lives. This foundation will further their skills in pitch, rhythm, spacial awareness, composition and improvisation while assisting with positive self-esteem, creativity and collaborative skills. Music unites the best qualities in all!

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Robert Briglia
Physical Education Specialist - grades 2-5

  • From Erie, Pennsylvania
  • Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from California State University in Los Angeles
  • All American Track and Field 800 meters (twice), Academic All American
  • Teaching since 2004; teaching at TIS since 2004

The PE classes at TIS are usually between 12 and 19 students and run for a full 45 minutes. I believe these two factors are eminently important to the strong results I am seeing here at TIS. With a 45 minute class period, there exists ample time to physically condition children for increased strength, aerobic development, and agility, as well as provide a secure environment to develop small and large motor skills needed for various sports.

I believe the PE environment includes socialization as well as citizenship, which I work to foster. Having three young daughters of my own enables me to combine the perspective of both teacher and parent in the classroom. The environment at TIS is wonderful. The small classes and support of the parents help make TIS a special place. The children continue to rise and meet new challenges with enthusiasm and effort.

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David Platt
Physical Education Specialist - prek through 1st grade

  • From Norwalk and Glastonbury, Connecticut
  • Bachelor's Degree in English from Bowdoin College
  • Maitrise in American Literature from Paris 8
  • Teaching since 2000; teaching at TIS since 2005

I love those moments of discovery for students when they take something I had to offer as a teacher and makes it theirs. When I see how something is understood, I learn as a teacher.The International School is a thriving multicultural environment and it is interesting for me simply to be around people from so many different countries and backgrounds.

Read about Coach David's Early Childhood PE program.