Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Keeping Things Running Smoothly!

Steve Salisbury was born in Portland and was born to build, fix and create! He is the youngest of three boys and has two sisters. He was raised in Sandy until his mom met and married Dick Wand, from Corbett. Steve moved with his mom and brothers to Corbett and began attending the Corbett schools when he was just eight years old. His stepdad was a home builder and also installed septic systems and did land surveys. Steve learned early on to drive and operate a back hoe, tractor, and bulldozer. When Steve was not working with Dick, he played basketball. He loved the sport and played all through middle and high school. He also loved to be in the great outdoors. After graduating from Corbett High School, he began working at an art foundry, doing welding. When he was on a hunting trip to the Eagle Cap Wilderness in Eastern Oregon, he met a girl on a horse. She was hunting with her family as well and it turns out she also was a Corbett High graduate! Trudi Becker was two years older and they had known of each other, but were not friends. They got back home and started dating! Steve began work at NAPA Auto Parts as a truck driver and one who loaded and unloaded freight. He worked nights for five years. Steve and Trudi married in 2005 and currently have four children, ages 12, 8, 3 and 8 months. Trudi is a Portland firefighter and they live in Estacada on acreage with their seven horses. After working at NAPA, Steve went to work with his step dad, doing construction. The recession hit in 2008, so he then went to horse shoeing school for two years. He and Trudi are devoted parents who love raising their children in the country. In 2013, Steve applied for a maintenance position at the Corbett School District with Mark Wilson. Together they fix and repair just about everything imaginable! Steve loves the fact he is back on campus where he is quite familiar with the buildings since attending school there years earlier. He appreciates the fact that each day is different and there is always something to work on!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

One of EIght!

Wendy Hatton was born in Portland, one of eight children! There was always  a playmate and plenty of activity in the home. The family lived in the same home until Wendy's father passed, and then her brother purchased the home. As a child, Wendy loved to sing and was involved in their neighborhood church with lots of activities such as sunday school and youth group. After graduation from Franklin High School, Wendy went off to NW Bible College in Kirkland, WA. She then went on to live with her aunt and uncle for a short time. Eventually she went back to Portland and held various jobs. In 1981 she married the man she had met as a teenager in the church she attended. The babies started coming in January 1983. There were a total of four girls and one son. Wendy's son had a genetic disorder and passed away at the age of just 14 months. Her four daughters now range in age from 21 to 34 years of age. The first grandchild is due to arrive in April 2017! Wendy home schooled her daughters at different times and each daughter ended up graduating from a different high school. Wendy chose to be a stay-at-home mom for many years. The family always loved to travel and continue to make trips today. Wendy says that traveling is an adventure that takes plenty of work to plan, especially when going out of the country. Going on vacation means very little planning and lots of free time and relaxation. Her and husband Robert love to do both! One of Wendy's favorite places to go is Australia. In 2013, Wendy started as a long-term sub at Corbett and that turned into a full-time position as a Paraeducator in 2014 at the Corbett Grade School. She said she loves to help kids get a solid grasp on both reading and writing, as they helps set them up for a life time of success!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

An Available Resource for ALL

Rafael Cortada was born in the Bronx, New York. His two older sisters are twins, who today are a nurse and a teacher. Rafael's parents were both educators and Rafael's father has been president of numerous colleges in the US, making for plenty of moves for the family. Rafael has lived in Brooklyn and Yonkers, NY, Wash. D.C., Baltimore, MD, Minnesota, Ohio, and Redondo Beach, CA. No matter the location, Rafael has always played sports. He has been on award winning teams and teams that were completely awful. He says it didn't really matter, he always tried to make the best and most of every situation. His favorite sports were football, rugby and cross country. As for academics, he favored history and psychology. He attended both private and public schools, and again, just made the best of wherever he was. After graduating high school in CA, he attended Loyola Marymount University for four years, majoring in Psychology. After learning to play the drums in middle school, Rafael had become quite good and played in several bands. When he graduated college, he was ready and serious about becoming a real- life rock star. Life happened and he instead went on to graduate school at the Univ. of District Columbia. He graduated with a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology. Rafael did work as a drug and alcohol counselor during his graduate school years. After graduating, he began work for U.S. Courts as a Pre-Trial Services Officer in Virginia. During this time he also married and had both a son and daughter.  Work was always important to Rafael, as he wanted to make his life count in helping others, just as both his parents had modeled for him. The next job opportunity was working for the Maryland Dept. of Corrections then Fredrick County Sheriff's Office. There was a big move to the Pacific Northwest in 1996. He took a job with the U.S. Courts in Oregon as a Pre-Trial Services Officer. In 1999 he worked in the Multnomah County's Sheriff's Office as a deputy. As a deputy, different assignments have included Canine Deputy, Transit Police, Search and Rescue, Green Hornet Trail Rescue Team and Rapid Response Team. In 2014 he was informed of a position at the Corbett School District as a Resource Officer. He was immediately interested and applied. He wears "many hats" in the position and enjoys being a resource for many of the kids, teachers, staff, parents and community. In his free time he loves to be with his dog and be in the outdoors, possibly running yet another marathon!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Keeping Everything Clean and Looking GOOOOOD!

Who do we thank for keeping the Corbett school buildings looking so clean? Aaron Sprinkle is one of the guilty. Aaron started the Corbett custodial position in 2013 and ended up dropping over 60 pounds with all the deep cleaning he has done! Aaron is not only a husband, father of two and a custodian, he is also adding to his bachelor's degree with further schooling. Aaron is attending school part-time to become a biomedical engineering tech, trouble shooting and fixing hospital equipment. Aaron was born in Iowa City, Iowa. His parents moved his younger sister and him to San Diego after tiring of the cold weather of Iowa! Aaron's mom made SURE they purchased a home near a public library. She was a voracious reader and wanted her kids to be also. Aaron loved fiction, but also became fascinated with comic books and Super Heros. At age 13, Aaron started writing short stories. He worked hard on developing that skill. Aaron's father was an engineer and his mom ran a nearby college tutoring department.  His father was also a musician and taught Aaron to play the guitar at age 10. He is currently teaching himself how to play the piano! Aaron has played in numerous bands over the years and still is very passionate about music. Aaron also loves to draw. When growing up, it was mostly pencil drawing and mostly action figures, collaborating often with his friends. Aaron earned his Bachelor's degree in Modern Literature from the Univ. of CA at Santa Cruz. Soon after, he met his wife and Corbett teacher, Cassie Duprey at a job interview. At the time, Cassie was also working on her Doctorate degree. They ended up working together at Kaplan, where they had both applied, for 1.5 years. They then moved to Oakland for Cassie's teaching opportunity. Aaron found work at a warehouse that put together medical kits for orthopedic surgery. They became engaged and married in 2010. First son, Quill came along the same year. They then moved up to Portland, finding a home to rent. Cassie went back to school to get her Oregon teaching credentials and Aaron was a stay-at-home dad. Second son, Malcolm was born in 2013. In 2015, they purchased a home in Troutdale. Both their sons are currently attending the Corbett Grade School, and they are happy to ALL be a part of the Corbett School District!