Thursday, October 13, 2016
Rodney Duncan was born in Seattle, WA. as the oldest of two boys born to his parents. Rodney's parents divorced when he was eight. At age ten, he moved to Goldendale, WA. with his mom and brother. His mom never remarried, but his father did and gave Rodney another brother and sister. Rodney was very active growing up in the small town of Goldendale. He was a three sport athlete all through high school, playing football, basketball and track. After high school graduation, Rodney went to Northwest University in Kirkland, WA. to play basketball. He says that this was not a good fit for him and he quit after the first year. In 1992, Rodney joined the US Navy and served until 1995. Next came a move to Miami, Florida to be a model and an actor. He was headed to Milan, Italy to be a runway model and as he was packing, he received word that his mom was in a very serious car accident. He went home to Goldendale to care for her, spending a year with her. At this time, he was able to meet his future wife, Tracy Haab. Tracy was walking across the U.S. for breast cancer awareness. They ended up falling in love and having two daughters. Eve was born in 1999 and Ginger in 2002. Both are currently attending Corbett High School. The family lives just across the street from the school. A short commute for the girls and Rodney! He is now the Food Service Manager for the Corbett School District. Rodney has been in the food service industry since 1999, starting as a cook at Gustav's restaurant in Portland. Rodney has been a sous chef, executive chef, general manager, recruiter and was involved in food development at restaurants that include Stanford's, Stone Cliff Inn and Bugatti's. In 2014 he quit the restaurant world, having burned out on the high demand and high stress restaurant business. Rodney then became a Paraeducator at the Corbett Grade School and loved being a part of the school community that reminded him of the small town he grew up in. In February 2016 Rodney was offered a position as the Food Service Manager for the school district. He said it is a perfect fit for him because he is able to get back to his passion of food preparation and yet the stress of the fast paced restaurant business is not there. He said he loves being around the children and getting to know them. He said the school reminds him of the Cheers bar where "Everyone knows your name." Priceless! He also is now back to his passion of sports as the Corbett High School Boy's JV Basketball Coach and the high school track coach.
Sunday, October 9, 2016
Saturday, October 1, 2016
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Joe Schneider was born in Spokane, Wash. in 1960. His father taught at Gonzaga Univ., and his parents raised four daughters and two sons. Joe was the third oldest, and the oldest son. His folks have been married more than 60 years and all his siblings are all currently living in the Northwest. Joe's mother came from a logging family and so Joe was introduced to Indian art from her side of the family while his father was a German immigrant and Joe was able to visit the country and learn about art from his father's country of origin. When Joe was in the first grade, his teacher passed out paints to the kids in the classroom. Joe decided to paint sunflowers, not thinking much of it. When he eventually brought the painting home, his parents immediately realized he had a gift. All six Schneider children were required to take piano lessons. When Joe was in the fourth grade, his folks allowed him to substitute art lessons for piano lessons. They hired an art professor from Gonzaga to give him lessons. Robert Gilmore provided classical art training and Joe will be forever grateful for the instruction he received. In high school, Barbara Eddy was another art instructor that made a huge impact on his life. After high school graduation, Joe attended Gonzaga Univ. and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts. He the stayed on another year and earned his teaching certificate. Joe met his first wife while at Gonzaga and they were married for seven years. They were both artists and went to New York together to explore the art opportunities available. Joe worked at a museum as an art handler. In Williamsburg, NY the couple lived in a "bombed out and desolate" neighborhood. It was very stressful living and the marriage ended. Joe ended up in East Village Manhattan. He saw developers moving in and corporations taking over. Joe decided to stretch his wings and "try new things." He went to school and became a massage therapist. He also decided to take up ballroom dancing. He met his wife Debbie while on the elevator to class! Joe now knows how to dance and has a beautiful wife! Debbie and Joe married in 1993 in NY. The rents kept rising, so they decided to move and started looking ALL over the U.S.! After crossing paths with Realtor, John Leamy, they were introduced to Corbett....and fell in love! They both loved nature and wanted to be a part of a great community. Joe started bus driving for the Gresham School District in addition to doing his art. He then made the switch to Corbett as soon as there was an opening, and has now been driving the bus for Corbett Schools for 13 years. He loves it!! Joe does not have children of his own, but says the Corbett kids are "his kids" and he truly enjoys the relationships that he has developed over the years with the many, many different students he has had ride the bus. Joe had adults encourage him as a youth and he wants to do the same for the kids on his bus route! He considers it a honor to be a driver and says his two most important bus rules are to 1. Be safe and 2. Be KIND.