Chris began working in education the early 80s, initially teaching English and civics to migrant families and then counseling children and families at the Flagstaff Women’s Shelter. After receiving his teaching certificate, he taught public school, primarily in multi-age classrooms, for 12 years in Ganado on the Navajo Reservation. Since then he has earned a Masters in Elementary Education, worked as a supervisor developing and scoring state writing assessments, mentored in a free-democratic school for 5 years, and spent some glorious time as a stay-at-home dad. 


For 11 years, Chris developed and ran a science-based preschool program at the Gilbert House Children's Museum.  He also spent many of those years helping out at Heritage as his older daughter, Eddy, attended for 8 years and his younger daughter, Frances, is still attending.  When not working with children in some educational setting, Chris can be found enjoying family time with his wife, Warren Binford, and their two daughters hiking and traveling the world.

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Angela began her career as an elementary school teacher. After serving as an elementary school principal, Angela joined the faculty of the School of Education at Willamette University and taught undergraduate and graduate level Education courses. She served as the Inservice Coordinator for the Oregon Writing Project for almost ten years, providing professional development in the area of literacy for certified teachers throughout Oregon.

Angela's family joined the Heritage community in 2008. Since 2013, Angela has worked as a writing mentor at Heritage School, as well as through a variety of local education programs. Angela has experience working with preschool children through adults (within public and private schools, community groups, online, and in private consultation). She holds a current State of Oregon teaching license and has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education, a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction, and a Ph.D. in Education: Teacher Leadership. 

A long time resident of Salem, Angela is married and has two sons (who previously attended Heritage School). Outside of school, you’ll see the Obery family at the library, at local civic events, and traveling, so as to learn more about this beautiful planet and its people.


Emily was born and raised in Salem and graduated with a degree in English from Columbia University. She began her career as a middle school teacher in public and private schools in Phoenix, Arizona, and Oakland, California. She earned a Masters in School Leadership with a focus on Teacher Leadership at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Emily moved to New Orleans nine months after Katrina and worked in charter schools there as a teacher, teacher developer, and curriculum coordinator. She has professional experience working with all ages in elementary, middle and high schools, and through her involvement in a cooperative preschool, homeschooling communities, scouting and youth groups, and summer camps.

Emily is married and has four children. She is a writer and her essays on family life have appeared in several parenting websites, such as Literary Mama and Hip Mama.  She is writing a memoir tracing how her strident ideas about education and parenting unraveled during a decade of teaching and mothering in New Orleans. She spills her family’s secrets onstage at story slams.


Current Heritage parent, Warren Binford, teaches civics to students in grades four through eight at Heritage School. She and her students explore topics including law, economics, the media, the U.S. Constitution, geography, the courts, international relations, and more. Heritage students create their own nations, economies, perform mock trials, and enjoy field trips to places like the capitol, the courts, city hall, newspaper offices, and radio stations. Warren earned her BA summa cum laude with distinction and a Master of Education from Boston University before attending Harvard Law School. She is licensed to teach by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and taught in inner city Los Angeles, Boston, and London.


In addition to guest teaching at Heritage, Warren is an internationally recognized scholar and advocate for children’s rights and has been honored as both a Fulbright Scholar and a Fulbright Chair for her work on behalf of children. Her academic biography can be found here

Warren's family has been part of the Heritage School community since 2009. In her free time, Warren enjoys spending time with her family snowboarding, hiking, backpacking, and mountain climbing. 

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