Friday, September 19, 2014

Teaching Math from a Different Angle

Roger Binchus has lived a great deal of life in his 35 years, and he is more than excited to share things learned with his Corbett High School math students. Roger believes you must get the student's listening ear before they can be taught. Once engaged, students will learn more, so Roger interjects life experiences into his math lessons to help them problem solve. He is a strong believer that math is a skill that must be practiced, like other healthy habits. Born as the youngest of three sons, he also has a younger sister. For the first seven years of life, Roger lived in Alaska with his family. The family then moved to Salem, Oregon where they lived until Roger was in 6th grade. The next move was to Pendleton where he graduated from high school. Many in Roger's family chose the military for a career. Roger chose the Univ. of Oregon and architecture. Practicing architecture for five years after graduation, he was laid off from his firm during the economic downturn. Being an Eagle Scout and an avid outdoorsman, he turned to pursuing his dream of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail once he was without employment. After meeting both his hiking partners online, he started the journey at the Mexican border. Not quite finishing, he goal was to return. Working with Multnomah County's Outdoor School after his hike, he returned to the trail with his best friend from college, Lauren. They both started at the Mexican Border once again. At the highest point on the trail, Roger proposed. He and his now wife finished the trail! After many conversations on the hike from Mexico to Canada, Roger decided to return to school to get his Master's degree in teaching. In June 2014, Roger was given his final interview at Corbett. Both Roger and Lauren now live in Springdale and are enjoying the Corbett community and all that it offers. Any more planned big adventures for Roger? Oh yes!! Just ask him. :)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Corbett's NEW Spanish Teacher

Growing up in Troutdale, Darcy Soto never imagined one day living in Mexico or teaching students the Spanish language. Today Darcy is finding herself in a position she "never wants to leave" as Corbett's newest high school Spanish teacher. After graduating from Reynolds High in 1998, Darcy attended Marylhurst College on a Phil Knight Foundation (Nike) academic scholarship. For her junior year, she transferred to Portland State, declaring math as her major. A fender bender car accident provided funds to visit Mexico before her senior year of college. Darcy chose to visit Guanajuato in Central Mexico for two months. Meeting her future husband, Luis while in Mexico, Darcy returned for her senior year of college with a different mindset. Darcy switched majors to Spanish, and moved back to Mexico after graduating from Portland State in 2002. Married to Luis in 2006 after living in Mexico for several years, Darcy had to return to the U.S. when diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma. Receiving chemotherapy, Darcy also received a stem cell transplant in June 2008. Today, free from cancer and living in Gresham with Luis and their two daughters, Darcy is grateful. Her two daughters are "miracles of modern science" due to having been through chemotherapy, she is happily married and now has a career that she is passionate about. It is quickly obvious why her students appreciate having Mrs. Soto as a teacher- Darcy is open, honest and cares deeply for those she "gets" the opportunity to teach!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Spring has SPRUNG~!!!

Well, it is here once again....Spring has officially SPRUNG! That is why I am once again putting up my pen to focus on real estate. With the market having changed from a buyer's market to a SELLER's market, you cannot believe how many people now want me to list their home! When summer comes to a close, I will once again have time to pick up my pen to write about the many, many wonderful people who live, sleep and breathe in Corbett. I just recently finished reading Helen Wand's book, "Where Eagles Nest." It can be found and purchased at the Corbett Market. It is an AMAZING read on some of the very strong (mentally and physically) pioneer families of Corbett that have roads now named after their families. I am so overwhelmed that I get to actually meet and know clients from these homesteading families. I also count it an absolute privilege and JOY to help new families move into our community. Recently I did some work with a local title company to create a report on the accurate history of housing in Corbett as well as the recent demographics of just WHO does live here in our community. I must say, it is quite fascinating. Please feel free to contact me at MCSmith@equitygroup.com and I will email you the report at no cost! :) I want to close by saying THANK YOU to ALL of you who continue to refer me to others, as this is how I am able to grow my business. I love and appreciate the kindness of all of you.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Corbett Contractor

AHO Custom Building and Remodel is owned and operated by Brian Aho, a Corbett native who married home town girl, Kaitlin (Wilson) Aho. Together they are now raising their children here in the Corbett community. Brian and Kaitlin decided to raise their family in a community where they both felt secure with plenty of friends and family nearby. They also chose to turn their 600 sq. ft. Corbett home into a 2800 sq. ft. "work of art." The home is a reflection of 15 years of construction experience combined with Brian's unique craftsmanship and creative style. Each day and each building opportunity becomes a new and creative opportunity. Besides the actual workmanship involved, Brian loves having his clients develop into friends. There is a strong appreciation for the history of Corbett and Brian wants to preserve it on any and every level that he can through his construction work. He recently partnered with a local roofing company and is now a roofing consultant, remodel expert and a builder of custom homes, decks, and out buildings. Many would describe him to be a reliable and trustworthy "stand up " guy. Recently Brian and Kaitlin ventured into Hood River to purchase a 1914 "fixer." Located in the downtown area, one can walk to restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques and the historic library. River sports, mountain biking areas and skiing/snowboarding are just a few miles away. The home has been completely renovated and is now available for rent. If you are interested in a free quote from AHO Custom Building and Remodel, please contact Brian at #503-313-3915 or brianaho@gmail.com If you have interest in renting the Downtown Hood River home, please call #971-409-4826 or go to statestreetcottage@gmail.com