Monday, November 16, 2015

Teacher by Day, Musician by Night

Born in Kansas City, Kansas, Chris Phillips actually grew up in Chicago. Chris was raised by a single mom who worked multiple jobs to keep the family afloat. His older sister was a strong mother figure to him in her absence. Chris grew up playing sports and spending time in the principal's office. Not a student who focused on academics, Chris found himself getting into trouble on a regular basis. Besides sports, Chris loved music and wanted to be Bob Dillion by the time he graduated from Ottawa High School. As Chris grew up, he crossed paths with two men in the academic world who saw who he was and provided both opportunity and direction for him. Filling a need for male leadership, these men made a definite mark on his life. Chris had a high school advisor that put him in a room to write music. Having played guitar, he now switched to piano. Another mentor encouraged college, and his sister actually lent him $2K to get started. This is when he also began formal piano lessons. After spending two years at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois, he earned an Associates degree in General Science. He continued playing the piano and transferred to Portland State University. At this time he tried to switch to Jazz Studies and then that door closed. It was here he met musician Darrell Grant. Chris ended up graduating from Portland State Univ. with a Geology degree and a minor in Jazz Music. After graduation he had a desire to teach and so went on to get his Master of Arts in Teaching from Concordia University. Chris had a desire to "pay it forward" to give students the extra boost of belief and guidance that was so generously given to him. Knowing Corbett teacher Chad Clark, he heard about a teaching opportunity in Corbett. He interviewed for and was hired as an Intermediate Teacher at CAPS in 2012. When talking about the kids in his classroom, he gets a bit emotional. He said they mean everything to him. He said their families have had him to dinner in their homes and he cares about them as if they are his own, trying to encourage and guide them as he was by teachers that truly cared. When Chris was playing music in Illinois during his first two years of college, he met a waitress at a restaurant that he and his bandmates often stopped at for catfish. When he left and moved to Portland to start college, he heard from bandmates that she was also making a move to the area. They decided to meet up for coffee, and the rest is history. Louisa is the love of his life! Teaching by day at CAPS, Chris plays music in the evenings to fill a passion in his heart and also help pay off big student loans!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Corbett now has a FULL time Technology Director!

Jeremy Judson has moved to Corbett and returned to his roots of living rurally. Jeremy was born and raised in a rural area of Santa Cruz, CA. As an only child, Jeremy describes his childhood personality as being headstrong and precocious. Jeremy's mom was a homemaker and his stepfather was a cabinet maker. After graduating from Harbor High School, Jeremy went to work with his stepdad as a cabinet maker and finish carpenter. While doing this for 10 years, he met his wife Sarah through a mutual housing/rental arrangement. They became fast friends when she rented housing from his parents while attending college. They fell in love and ended up bouncing all over the West Coast until settling down to marry in Pebble Beach, CA. in 2008. While living in San Diego, Jeremy began attending college at Mesa College, studying Business and Information Technology. After attending for two years, he and Sarah moved to Portland where he began attending OIT (Oregon Institute of Technology), pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology Applications Development. Sarah graduated in 2012 with her Master's degree and Jeremy will finish his degree in Spring 2017. Three years ago, daughter Emma blessed their lives with her arrival. Emma is now attending Corbett Pre-School.The family moved to Corbett and purchased a home with a very large barn and arena for the family horses. Jeremy applied earlier in the year for a position as Corbett's first ever full-time Technology Director. He was hired to cover what various teachers had covered in the past on a part-time basis. Jeremy is excited to give Corbett Schools (CAPS included!) the attention they need and deserve with attention to the growing demand of technology for learning. Jeremy says he just loves and appreciates both the community and the school community, saying it is the BEST working environment he has ever experienced. In his down time, Jeremy enjoys camping and fishing, but is always drawn to technology. He has built several computers and is hoping to one day offer a course for Corbett students interested in Computer Science, possibly creating a hardware lab!

Friday, October 30, 2015

WHO is Driving the Bus?!!

Born in Seward, Alaska, Lynette Waldo was born before it was actually a State! Born in 1957, Alaska was a Territory, becoming a State in 1959. The youngest of four children, Lynette played outdoors most of her childhood. She was very active and loved the fresh air. After completing high school, Lynette went to the Univ. of Alaska for two years to major in Biology. Wanting to visit another state, she transferred to Northland College in Wisconsin. Taking a break from academics, she applied at Timberline Ski Resort and was hired at the front desk. This is where she met the man of her dreams! Mike Waldo was working Ski Patrol on the mountain and Lynette said he immediately caught her eye. After dating for three years, they moved to Fairbanks to get married. They were both adventurous enough to purchase a log home with an outhouse and NO running water! In 1986 they moved to Oregon and decided to develop some property that Mike had previously owned on Trout Creek Road in Corbett. First they lived in a trailer as the building began and then moved into the garage. Ben was born in 1988 and when his brother Adam was born in 1990, they were able to move into the house that had been completed. It was in 1994 that they moved to Alaska to care for Lynette's aging mom. She had given birth to Lynette when she was 45 years old! In 1999 both of Lynette's parents had passed so they moved back to Corbett. Before coming back home, Lynette had trained and started driving a school bus for the local school district. When she came back to Corbett, she decided to apply as a bus driver and.... they were hiring! She has just started her 16th year! She not only drives, but after her second year in the Corbett District, she also began working as an Instructional Aide. When CAPS started, she began working as the shuttle driver, but no longer does that. Lynette drives a morning and afternoon route and then works at CAPS as an Aide. Ben married a Corbett sweetheart and now Jessica has made Lynette a grandmother! Jessica was working at the Corbett Schools and yet has taken a leave of absence due to the birth of Bode. Adam is living in Seattle as a photographer. Receiving a new knee in June, Lynette says she loves to hike, snow ski, quilt, and garden. The physical beauty of Corbett is amazing for her, but Lynette loves most the staff and kids that she gets to work with in Corbett. Her job is a joy and she even puts in extra hours on occasion. For this year's Hood to Coast Corbett Staff Team, she was the one chosen to drive their shuttle bus!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Once a Realtor

New to the Corbett School District this year, Kerry Dockter comes from Arizona, although she was born in Red Oak, Iowa. Kerry has one brother and one step brother and sister. Kerry's parents moved to Arizona when she was ten years old and then divorced shortly after the move. Kerry was a shy child who played the violin and read a great deal. After graduating from high school, Kerry went to community college with a plan to graduate with a major in journalism. She ended up going to work as a Realtor! After three years, she changed over to becoming an escrow officer. This ended up becoming a twelve year career. When the economy became unstable, she decided she wanted to go back to school and find something more "solid" so that she could have a steady income. Kerry first attended Mesa Community College and then transfered over to Arizona State University and earned her Bachelor's degree in Education. Kerry became dually certified in Special Education and General Education. Kerry graduated Summa Cum Laude while also working 40 hours per week in escrow! The first job Kerry landed after graduation was as a substitute teacher in East Valley Phoenix. She was then awarded a full-time position in a self contained Special Ed classroom. One day Kerry was having lunch with a co-worker and the gal suggested Kerry meet a speech pathologist that the other teacher had not seen in six years! Kerry agreed to go on a TRIPLE date with Travis to a local brewery. The rest is history. After dating for nearly three years, they moved to Fairview, Oregon and married this summer. They have two cats and one day hope to have a large family. Kerry works in Special Education for the Corbett School District and works hard to do her best for the kids that count on her. She says that the Corbett School system is amazing and she is blessed to be a part. She truly believes this is a "dream job" for her. In her limited free time, Kerry loves to sew costumes and clothes, and she also still enjoys reading as much as time allows. Another way she loves to spend her time is simply being in the great outdoors, exploring nature with her husband.