Meet the Team

The LEARN Foundation is led by team of highly seasoned educators who are dedicated to a more just and enriching future for every young person.


Terri Johnson


Terri has been in the education field for the last 16 years as the secretary at a Eugene area middle school. She enjoys volunteering and has been involved with Food for Lane County for the past 10 years as well as being a board member for her Home Owners Association.


José da Silva

Founder & Executive Director

José  grew up in Brasil before moving to Eugene in 1985.  He has more than 20 years of combined experience as a teacher, counselor and administrator, and three degrees:  two BA’s in Translation and Interpretation and Linguistics and an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership.  He is also an expert in various forms of Latin American dance, a former record holder on the Brasilian National Track team, and a soccer player.  He is currently the principal at Springfield High School.  His passion for social justice awareness and a well-rounded education led him to found the LEARN Foundation in 2012.


Linda Smart


Linda has been teaching for twenty-five years.  She has taught at all levels from Community College through 5th grade.  Currently, Linda teaches social studies and a social justice class in middle school.  She is also the chair of the Eugene Education Association Human and Civil Rights Committee, co-coordinator for PeaceJam Northwest, and a founding member of CAPE, Community Alliance for Public Education.

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Ana Arias



Barb Stevens-Newcomb

Board Member


Darren Reiley

Educational Consultant

Ana is a bilingual educator at Buena Vista Elementary School in Eugene.  She has two amazing, engaged children.  She is actively involved in a number of community organizations, including the Community Alliance for Public Education.

Barb Stevens-Newcomb is the founder and creator of the nonprofit Inner Yaga Foundation. She is a bilingual educator, artist and Yoga instructor.  Barb holds an MTA and BA in Art Education, and is from a family of wilderness adventurers.

Darren is a poet, educator and essayist.  He has taught for over 17 years, including college composition, middle and high school peace and conflict studies, and conflict resolution for elementary students.  He wrote and published Peace Out: a Peace and Conflict Studies Curriculum for High School, based on ten years of developing peace and social justice curriculum .  He is currently the regional coordinator for PeaceJam Northwest.