Teacher Ten's mission is to help LGBTQ educators share their stories. We believe that storytelling is transformative and that by sharing stories we can make schools kinder, safer, and more welcoming places for teachers, students, and families.

Teacher Ten is an independent social+art project created and maintained by our team (below) and made possible by the generous, courageous, and amazing storytellers who participate in the project. Our sincere thanks to all of our storytellers.


Jeff Gierer
Jeff Gierer is executive producer of Teacher Ten. Jeff is also a speech-language pathologist, public school educator, and graphic designer based in Portland, Oregon. Jeff holds a master’s in speech-language pathology from Portland State University, has a background in service for children and families experiencing poverty, and teaches in Portland Public Schools in a program supporting students with Autism. Jeff lives in Portland with his partner, tabby, and 75,000 honeybees. 


Jeff Kennel
Jeff is passionate about our world and all the people and creatures that live in it.  After living abroad for over a decade in parts of Africa, South America and Asia he now calls Portland, Oregon home. As a freelance multimedia production artist Jeff has been lucky to work with a variety of clients around the world. He is now working as a photojournalist and videographer at the University of Portland.


Libby Roach
Libby Roach is Teacher Ten's videographer and music producer. Libby holds a degree in Music with an emphasis in Jazz from Portland State University. When she's not helping LGBTQ educators share their stories on Teacher Ten, Libby writes music for her band, Fractal Quintet, a local jazz outfit, teaches music to aspiring artists, and runs her own pet-sitting business. Libby lives in Portland with her lovely partner, Jody, and their très handsome pup, Riley.


Teacher Ten is funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council.

Teacher Ten is funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council.