Monday, November 24, 2014

The Music Man....of Corbett~!

Born in West Seattle, Tim Killgore lived in the same house from birth until he married! Tim's parents have both passed, but he was close to them and his three older siblings while growing up. His father was a minister and an accomplished trumpet player, playing at numerous churches and on radio programs. Everyone in the Killgore family was musically inclined and each played at least one instrument. But! Tim will tell you that he had a passion for the outdoors ever since he can remember. He never had any intention of being a professional musician, let alone a music teacher. After graduating from West Seattle High School, Tim attended Multnomah School of the Bible in Portland. This is where he met and fell in love with his wife, Patti. They dated and then married just before Tim graduated from Multnomah with a degree in music. After college, Tim worked in a cabinet shop for many years, joyfully creating beautiful cabinets. Tim also had a love of photography and attended the NW School of Professional Photography in Seattle. He did his photography on the side. Fulfilling his love for the outdoors, Tim spent eight summers as the director of a wilderness camp for kids in Canada. In the midst of all this, he and Patti had four children together. Today Kara is 35, Jaime 33, Loren 31 and Peter is 21. Their first grand baby is due in May 2015! Looking back, Tim chuckles how he became the music teacher at Corbett.....In 1995 he and Patti were renting a home in Springdale and went to his daughter's band concert at the school. It was at the concert that Tim KNEW he wanted to teach music. He immediately began taking evening classes at the Univ. of Portland. When it came time to student teach, he came under the mentorship of Chuck Bolton at Sam Barlow High. Tim says he was a fabulous mentor and is still a fabulous friend. Tim had the good fortune of being hired as a sub for the position of choir director at Corbett his first year. In 1997 he was officially hired as the Corbett Secondary music teacher. Currently he is teaching both instrumental and vocal music for grades 4-12. In his fourth year of teaching, he entered the band into their first ever competition and they got third in the state!! Over the years, the Corbett Band has consistently placed in the top five in the state, every single year since Tim began entering them in competitions. Hiking and backpacking with Patti is one of the very best things he loves to do in his time off. He also loves to spend time with their adult kids, work in his wood shop and continue to work on the Corbett home that he and Patti bought several years ago.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

First Paycheck Came at Age 8

Born in Iowa, Aaron and his family lived there until he turned five. Making a move, the rest of his childhood was spent in Galion, Ohio. Being the youngest of five children, his folks divorced when Aaron was in the second grade. It was at this time that he learned first hand what it meant to work hard. He earned his first paycheck at age 8, cleaning out brushes for a nearby beauty salon. He also got a paper route. His single mom was now raising all five kids on $6K per YEAR. All the children were expected to work and help contribute. By the age of 26, Aaron estimates that he had held over 40 jobs! and he had NEVER been fired! Aaron states that he and his siblings were not able to get any fancy clothes or toys as kids, but, they never went hungry. In school, all the Long children got excellent grades. Aaron states that he felt like a failure because he was the only one in his family to not graduate in the top three of the graduating class. Aaron was #20 in a class of over 200 students. Being determined, he used the Pell Grant and scholarships to attend college in Ohio where he was the editor of the school newspaper for 2.5 years and wrestled all four years. He was the first ever student at Findley Univ. to be an All-American in the sport of wrestling! Aaron went on to be a TWO time All-American. Aaron's siblings ALL graduated with a college degree, and three have also gone on to get a Master's degree. Aaron has two. Aaron went on to the Univ. of Montana to get his first Master's degree in Poetry. This is where he met his wife, Kris Fink. They dated nearly four years and then went on to marry and have three children, now ages 7, 5 and 2. The family currently lives in Portland, where Kris is also an educator at PCC. Aaron went on to get his second Master's degree (MED) once married. He has been teaching Corbett Middle Schoolers since 2003. He started on the main campus and then made the move to Springdale and  is currently teaching grades 6,7,8 at CAPS. When not teaching or coaching the Corbett High School wrestling team, Aaron loves to be with his wife and kids. He is a Steeler's fan, loves to garden, make things out of recycled materials, and cook. His specialty? Tri-tip roast!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

It's All About the Bike!

Born in Evanston, Illinois in 1964, John Neighbors literally spent his entire childhood in the same location.The middle of three boys, John did not move until he was 18 and leaving for college. When looking at numerous college choices, Lewis and Clark College in Portland seemed to be the best fit. It turned out to be true, as John attended school all four years at Lewis and Clark, graduating with a BS degree in Communications. Ever since John was a boy, he loved to ride a bike. Once he got started, he never stopped. After college, John became a bike mechanic. That led to sales, management and then design, all in the bike industry. Bicycling has always been a positive for John. John met his wife as a set-up by a friend. The first date was a bike ride and then he and Susie married a year after dating! Together they have a 12 year old son and live in Portland. As the bike industry began to change, John was going to be required to do a lot more traveling to China. He did not want to be away from his wife and son so often, so he began teaching at night at ITT Tech. Although he did not have a degree in engineering, he taught engineering and design. Through this experience, he realized how much he enjoyed teaching, and decided to go back to school at Concordia and get his MAT- Master of Arts in Teaching. John did his student teaching at Corbett, then worked as an Aide and was then hired at Corbett Middle School in the fall of 2011. Teaching grades 6,7,8, John moved to CAPS in the fall of 2013 when the need for a second teacher for this level of students was needed. John says it is a natural fit for him, as he gets along well with the other 6,7,8 teacher, Aaron Long. They are often collaborating! When John is not riding his bike by himself or with Susie, he is at his son's many soccer games. He also loves to cook! He says pizza is his specialty and he makes numerous types. His other specialty? Blueberry pancakes!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

From Volunteer to Administrative Assistant at CAPS

WHAT is CAPS?! CAPS is the Corbett Arts Program with Spanish housed in the historic Springdale School two miles west of the main Corbett School campus.They are not a charter school, but rather a part of the Corbett School District. The most noticeable difference for this K-8 school is the thoughtful decision to incorporate the arts throughout the curriculum as well as provide Spanish instruction for all the students. Nancy Gyerko is starting her third year at CAPS, after beginning as a parent volunteer at the Corbett schools about 10 years ago. Her volunteerism turned into being an "on call" aide position. Nancy was never a full time employee of the district until she started at CAPS. What exactly does her job involve? Nancy is a health assistant, does lunch service for all the students, takes care of the attendance, does needed clean-up (think child illness in the hallway) and calls for maintenance help for building issues. Nancy also organizes the facility use for all of the Corbett School buildings, does background checks on all parent volunteers, manages the DQ to Springdale buses, builds relationships with all of the students, and assists both Lori Luna (Principal) and the teachers as needed with various tasks. Nancy was in the medical field prior to working in Corbett. She met her husband, Peter when she worked at Suburban Medical and he was a doctor. Together they have two children. Ella is 17 and Riley is 14. Both kids have been in the Corbett Schools since Ella was in the 2nd grade. Currently the Gyerko's are living in Troutdale, and love outdoor activities as a family. Nancy is the youngest of seven children (same parents!) and grew up mostly on the Oregon Coast in the Newport area. She appreciates family, fun and furry friends! They have two dogs and several chickens. "Nothing better than FRESH eggs" laughs Nancy!