Saturday, September 10, 2016

From Outdoor School to Corbett Schools

Benno Lyon was born in Summertown, TN. Benno has two older

brothers and a younger sister. At the age of six, Benno's parents

moved the family to the Northwest. Both his parents are

originally from the East Coast and yet were now raising their

children in the Pacific Northwest. After living in White Salmon,

WA. as a result of his father's job in Hood River, he moved at

age 11 to Portland with just his mom and siblings. Benno says he

was an outgoing kid, talkative and interested in camping, the

outdoors, backpacking, music (he plays guitar), arts and

literature. Benno graduated from Benson High School in

Portland and then took a "gap year" to travel. He first worked in

Alaska at a fishing lodge as a dishwasher. Then Benno toured

Europe for six months, visiting 14 countries with his backpack.

Beginning college at Evergreen State College, he then

transferred to the Univ. of Oregon where he earned his B.S.

degree in Environmental Studies. Throughout his growing up

years, Benno had worked at Outdoor School on Gordon Creek

Road as a leader. He had also worked at Olympic Park Institute

as a field instructor. Benno loves the outdoors and travel. He has

enjoyed being "a vagabond," touring around such places as

Mexico and Hawaii. In 2001, he headed to Pacific Univ. in Forest 

Grove to earn his MAT, Masters in Teaching. He has taught at

Hillsboro Public Schools for a year and taught at Oregon

Episcopal School (OES) for 14 years. In 2003 he was touring an

out of town friend through Portland and met his wife at a jazz

bar. They married in 2011 and now have two children. Son Lucca

is seven and daughter Elora is three. Remember he taught for

years at Outdoor School on Gordon Creek Road? Well, he is

now back. He just recently bought a home for his family on

Gordon Creek Road! Welcome, Mr. Lyon.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Both an Athlete and a Teacher!

Michaela McNairy was born in Bakersfield, CA. Her parents have been married nearly 30 years and have three daughters. Michaela is the middle child. Her oldest sister is just 13 months her senior, but her younger sister is five years her junior. Her father has worked for Costco for years, and has been transferred several times over the years. When Michaela was three years old, the family
moved to Boise, Idaho for five years. Then, Costco moved the family to Twin Falls, Idaho for five years. When Michaela was in 8th grade, the family transferred to Lake Oswego, OR. Michaela graduated from Lakeridge High School and then went to Humboldt State Univ. 
for a year. It was here she contracted the Swine Flu, along with numerous other students. She then spent 1.5 years living at 
home, attending Clackamas Community College. Her body needed this time to fully recover. Next came a year at the Univ. of Colorado in Boulder, then she finished up at Portland State University. Michaela majored in English with a minor in Writing. Michaela had been a three sport athlete all through high school and into college, running track at Humboldt and also at Clackamas, playing volleyball at Boulder. After earning her undergraduate degree, she went on to Portland State Univ. to earn her Master's degree in Education. This is currently Michaela's first year of teaching and she is teaching high school AP Language and Composition. Throughout her growing up years, Michaela has worked with kids. She has taught, coached and volunteered with youth in sports, camps and other capacities. She also spent several years working at Costco! Currently she lives in North Portland with her 3 cats and loves to read, hike, exercise and watch basketball. Her boyfriend works for the Blazers and plays in a rec league, so she enjoys watching his games. Her passion for sports has led her to be the Corbett Middle School Varsity Girl's Volleyball coach this year. Welcome, Michaela!

Monday, August 29, 2016

A Brand New CAPS Teacher!

This will be an exciting new school year for both teacher Laura Sandgren and her CAPS intermediate students. She will be replacing Mr. Philips. Laura grew up in Oregon with her older sister and parents. She comes from a family of both artists and musicians. After Laura graduated from Barlow High School, she attended Western Oregon Univ. in Monmouth. She received her B.A. in Speech Communications and Business Administration. She then went on to earn her Masters degree at Portland State Univ. in Speech Communications with a focus on Advertising/Information Content and Intercultural Communications. In 2002, Laura earned her MAT (Master's in Teaching) from Concordia University. She then subbed in the Portland Metro Schools, teaching several blended classrooms from 3rd to 6th grade. Currently, Laura is involved in the classic film community and enjoys film studies. She also enjoys traveling, geocaching, reading, hiking, camping, star gazing, and volunteering. She is a regular volunteer at the Multnomah County Animal Shelter. She has two cats, named Triscuit and Thomas. She also has three Zebra Finches named Mr. Chubbs, Moon and Pie. The birds will actually be in her classroom this year. She wants all the students to have the opportunity to read to the birds. They will also assist with being the classroom zoologist! Laura is a strong believer that knowing about animals, arts and education is powerful for growth and opportunity. She wants to share all three with her students.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Holding Down the Fort

Tim Cooper was born in Portland, Oregon and has a sister who is three years younger. When he was nine, his folks divorced and he gained three stepbrothers with a remarriage. One of Tim's favorite memories of growing up was attending summer camps and Outdoor School. Not only attending himself, Tim became a leader for Outdoor School as he got older. He liked the structure of it, script to work off of and the lack of down time. He also enjoyed being around like-minded leaders who enjoyed being mentors for youth. Tim graduated from Benson High School in Portland, taking many engineering and drafting classes. For his first year of college, Tim headed to Arizona. "Not a good fit" says Tim! He was there to study Astronomy, but he did not like his major or the culture of the college. For his second year, he headed to Eastern Oregon Univ. in La Grande, Oregon. Success! He loved it and graduated three years later with majors in both Elementary Education and Geography. Soon after graduation, he met his wife, Annie. Both were working at Camp Namanu in Sandy as Outdoor School Directors. They dated three years, were engaged for a year, then married in August 2001. Tim substitute taught all over Multnomah County and also worked at Outdoor School after college graduation. In the Spring of 2000, he applied for a full-time teaching position at Corbett. He was hired as a middle school teacher and taught a 7th/8th grade blend for three years. Tim then moved to a 9th grade teaching position and has been "holding down the fort" for 13 years in that position. Annie is a middle school teacher at Reynolds Middle School and together they had son Ben in 2009 and daughter Grace in 2011. Their kids are currently students at Corbett and are involved in soccer, T-ball and dance. They love spending time with extended family and their cat- Alice Cooper! Tim says that working at Corbett has been a really great place to teach because he gets to focus on teaching and not a bunch of "extra sideline stuff." The last six years he has been able to teach geography, one of his passions. It seems obvious that Tim is living his best life!