Thursday, October 16, 2014
Monday, October 6, 2014
The new Learning Specialist at Corbett High School grew up in Portland with three older siblings and her parents. Hannah Lizio-Katzen is an avid soccer player, playing year round both in and outdoors with coed and all women's teams. After graduating from Portland's Bensen Tech High School, Hannah headed to UC Berkely in Calif. to get her undergraduate degrees in both English and Education. For her Master's, Hannah came back to Portland. She was able to specialize in both Special and General Education. Last year was her first year of teaching at McKay High School in Salem. With over 2K students at the school and a caseload of 60 students, Hannah had her hands full. When the opportunity came up at Corbett High, Hannah was excited! Corbett's entire district was half the size of the previous school and she now had a caseload of 24. Corbett is a full inclusion district, meaning students attend classes with their peers, and are pulled out as needed for additional support. Currently there are 25 colleges in the U.S. that provide post secondary studies for those with intellectual disabilities. Hannah lives in Portland with her cat, Hugo and loves to garden as she is able. She also is working on a novel. Having a family member with special needs spurred Hannah to not only pursue her current career but also to put down on paper her own memoir to share with others. When will it be ready for print? "Not sure!" laughs Hannah with a smile.
Thursday, October 2, 2014
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 a K-8 program serving less than 200 students who are part of the Corbett School District. They are NOT a charter program, but rather a small program that is part of the district. Students at CAPS have Spanish instruction every week, and a strong music program. The school follows the same philosophies as the Corbett Grade and Middle School, yet the notable difference is CAPS has thoughtfully chosen to incorporate the arts throughout the curriculum. CAPS has a thriving community garden that is organized and ran by parents, grandparents and community members. Hispanic neighbor, Ruben Grazura has been a vital part of keeping the garden in top condition as well as assisting with language skills! The garden provides hands on experiences and activities for each of the students on a weekly basis. If you have interest in volunteering, please contact Carolyn Coons at email@example.com