Mr. Aaron Riedl (he/they)
Riedl rhymes with beetle 🪲
I grew up in Beaverton and graduated from Aloha High School. I studied Biology and Sociology at Seattle Pacific University, then moved to East Portland. I earned my Masters in Teaching at Concordia University.
I absolutely love teaching, especially at H.B. Lee Middle School! 🏫 Go Hawks!
Schools I've Taught At
🏫 H.B. Lee Middle School - 6th Math/Science, 7th/8th Student Leadership (2019-Present)
🏫 West Hills Christian School - 5th Grade (2012-19)
🏫 Ontario Middle School - 8th Grade Math (2011-12)
🏫 Walt Morey Middle School - 8th Grade Math/Science (2010-11)
🏫 Lewis School & King School - Student teaching (2010)
What I Do For Fun
🚶🏼♂️🌲 I go hiking on Powell Butte.
🥏⚾ I love all sports, especially ultimate frisbee and baseball.
🏃🏼♂️💨 I enjoy jogging around my neighborhood, and I like to draw GPS art on my runs (@g.p.s.art on Instagram)
🧩🧠 I solve jigsaw puzzles and my Rubik's cube. (My PR is 2:22 for my 3x3 cube)
🎮🎲 I play games like Minecraft and Uno with my family at home.
📱💻 I experiment with technology and website design.
🎥🎬 I film and edit videos on YouTube!!!
😀 I collect Pez dispensers! Click here to view my Pez Collection page.
I work hard to be a good husband. Jen and I were married in 2007. We have been through a lot together. I can't imagine having a better spouse to spend my life with!
We both love kids. We have four children: three biological and one foster. We were certified to be foster parents in 2017, and we have welcomed children into our home who need a place to stay when they have nowhere else to go.
I see many correlations between being a teacher and being a father. I often think of my students as my kids at school, on a year-long journey through the ups and downs of daily life. However, when leading my family, it is a life-long journey that does not get a redo each year. My dedication to them is 100%, and I only get one shot with them, so I had better make it count!
Outside of the Classroom
The activities I do in my spare time give me the passion and skills to teach. I believe that volunteering in our city is very important, not only because I desire to be the change I want to see in the world, but also because it allows me to understand my neighbors better.
My family lives in the Parklane neighborhood in East Portland. We are members at Imago Dei Community Eastside, and we volunteer regularly. I help facilitate small groups weekly. Jen has volunteered as PTA President at our kids' school over the past two years. We absolutely love serving our community and growing relationally together.
Over the years in our previous neighborhoods, we helped start up the Glenfair Community Garden, and launched a website in our neighborhood through Nextdoor.com. We love the city of Portland, have a big heart to help others, and want to see it grow in a positive way.