3toPhD® Welcomes New Collaboration Director

PORTLAND, Ore. – August 13, 2018 – Kevin Bacon, a 32-year educator in the Portland area, assumed the role of 3toPhD® Collaboration Director on July 30, 2018. Bacon will work closely with all five 3toPhD core providers – Concordia University, Portland Public Schools’ Faubion School, Kaiser Permanente, Trillium Family Services, and Basics – to restore the school as the heartbeat of the community.

3toPhD is a collaborative, trailblazing educational model to create safer, healthier and more educated communities – from early learning, through Pursuing one’s Highest Dreams (PhD). The new building for “Faubion School + Concordia University, a 3toPhD community,” opened its doors in fall 2017, and includes an early childhood center, health & wellness programs, 3toPhD Kaiser Permanente Wellness Center, Basics food club, demonstration kitchen, STEAM educational opportunities, and one-on-one tutors, mentors and coaches from Concordia, in addition to Faubion School preK-8 and Concordia’s College of Education.

“I am excited to connect with Faubion families and students, as well as Concordia University faculty, staff and students.” Bacon explains, “They are the heart and soul of the collaborative, along with Kaiser Permanente, Trillium Family Services and Basics, and I will be seeking out all their voices to develop and shape the present and future of 3toPhD.”

Bacon has dedicated his life’s work to student outcomes and community engagement. His previous roles as a teacher, student management specialist, biotech education coordinator, vice principal, principal, and facilitator of Courage to Lead, have seasoned him for this new 3toPhD Collaboration Director role.

He is no stranger to Portland Public Schools, Faubion School, Concordia University, or the Concordia neighborhood. Kevin recently served as principal of Boise-Eliot/Humboldt PK-12 School in northeast Portland.

Bacon has extensive work as a school leader driving initiatives that engage multiple stakeholders. Recently, his work of embedding STEAM education improved student engagement. Likewise, Bacon established relationships with business associations to leverage resources and support of school-wide initiatives and services. Over the years, by building partnerships, Kevin has ensured a healthy balance of support for whole-child development and health.


3toPhD® creates safer, healthier, more educated communities – from prenatal care through pursuing one’s highest dreams – to ensure young people can pursue their highest potential. For more information or to contribute to 3toPhD, visit or, and engage with us on social media Twitter and Instagram @3toPhDpdx.

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