Thursday, January 11, 2018

A Lover of Language

Travis Dockter was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota and is the only child born to his parents. His father is a civil engineer and his mom is a retired preschool teacher. They are currently still living in North Dakota. Travis was very outgoing as a child and loved many different languages. Graduate students from literally all over the world came to work with his father and they would spend time at the family home. Travis admired most everything about the students and appreciated that they were all bi-lingual. This influence greatly inspired him to learn another language. Travis began studying German and while in high school, he lived in Germany with a family as a part of an exchange program. A perfect chance for him to perfect his language skills! While growing up, Travis learned to juggle and has continued this skill into his adult years. He also camped a great deal with his family and developed an immense love of the outdoors. He hiked the Grand Canyon at age 12 with his father and has visited Yellowstone, Glacier National Park and Carlsbad Cavern just to name a few. After graduating high school, Travis attended the Univ. of North Dakota in Grand Forks. He majored in both German and CSD (Communications Science Disorders) which is also known as Speech Therapy! Travis moved to Arizona after graduation and worked in the Glendale School District as a speech therapist for seven years.  This is when he met his wife, Kerri. During this time, this is when he also began attending Northern Arizona University to earn his Master's degree in Speech Language Pathology. Both Kerri and Travis decided to move to Oregon when he completed his degree. They both felt Oregon was gorgeous, fun and had the culture that they desired. In 2015 they moved to Fairview, Oregon and got married. Kerri began working for the Corbett School District. Travis got a job at WESD in McMinville, Or. He worked there one year and then applied to the Corbett School District. Fall of 2016, Travis was hired as a Speech Language Pathologist at Corbett Grade School. He really enjoys his position because of the opportunity and flexibility to try new things. Travis loves teaching the kids new communication skills. Travis and Kerri enjoy exploring Portland in their free time as well as hiking. Travis just recently began improv comedy to add to his performance skills as a juggler and children's entertainer. Travis and Kerri currently share their home with two cats.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Because of Trout Creek Bible Camp

Michelle Maier was born in Fort Benning, Georgia. She is the middle daughter of three girls and her parents are still married. Michelle's father was in the US Army and they moved often as a result. Michelle's mother stayed at home full-time until the youngest was in middle school, then she returned to teaching at a local grade school. Michelle was very outgoing as a child and loved to both sing and participate in theater. She took acting classes, was involved with plays at her school and was also involved in both speech and debate. As for athletics, Michelle played soccer, volleyball and ran both the the 100 meter dash and the four person relay in track. After graduating high school in Fayetteville, North Carolina, she attended the University of North Carolina in Wilmington. During the summers, Michelle decided to volunteer at Trout Creek Bible Camp in Corbett as a result of her mother's encouragement. Her mom had grown up in Troutdale and had also once been a volunteer at the camp! Michelle loved the experience and was there for four summers as both a counselor and as a dean.  She graduated college with her major in Elementary Education and immediately began teaching after finishing her degree. Michelle stayed in North Carolina, teaching 5th grade and then 1st grade. After teaching in North Carolina, Michelle decided that because she had loved the Corbett area as a result of her time spent at Trout Creek Bible Camp, she wanted to go back. In the summer of 2015, Michelle made the move and began working at a charter school in Gresham. She then had the opportunity to step in for a teacher in Corbett that had a health issue. She began teaching in February 2016 at the Corbett Grade School, teaching K, 1st and 2nd grade. She finished out the year and then began working on her Masters of Education at Concordia University. In the fall of 2016 she was hired at Corbett Grade School as a 2nd and 3rd grade teacher. She has continued on, loving her teaching position, the students, school and the Corbett area. Michelle met her current boyfriend through mutual friends and they have been dating for just over a year. They enjoy hiking, reading and trying new restaurants together. She recently bought her first home in the Portland area.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Lover of the Great Outdoors

Katie Jacobson was born in Eugene, OR. and has two older brothers and an older sister. Katie was able to spend her entire childhood growing up in the same home with her family. She describes herself as being very energetic as a child, a real "hands on" learner. She was constantly playing outdoors, mostly in the woods or she was in the gym, playing a variety of sports. Katie started playing basketball at age four, also playing soccer, softball, tennis, water polo and both flag and tackle football as she grew up. Katie was raised in a very sports-minded family and all of her friends were involved in sports. She said her childhood and school were really fun because of that. In high school she also held a job as a flower delivery person for a local Eugene hospital. After graduation, she headed to college at Florida State Univ. for one year. That was not a good fit, so she transferred to to the Univ. of Washington where her sister was also attending. UW offered a strong science program and she graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Conservation, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Prior to her college graduation, she spent time traveling. Katie first traveled all through Western Europe, then to Central America. Her third trip was through Eastern Europe. She wanted to see the world first hand and journeyed with her friends, often backpacking her way through the countries that they visited. Katie graduated in 2002 from UW and then moved to New York. She got a job working for an environmental education center as an educator, leading trips with kids through the great outdoors. After a year, she moved to Portland to work for OMSI, leading backpacking trips for Pacific Marine Science Camps, then she worked at their museum as an educator. After six years with OMSI, she worked for the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership as a science educator for three years. She then moved to attend Northern Arizona Univ. to earn her Master's degree in Science Education. She simultaneously taught a college biology lab. Katie graduated and then headed back to work again at the Estuary Partnership. At this time she also began full-time substitute teaching at Corbett for Rhiannon Young while she was on maternity leave. In 2013, Katie was hired as an AP Environmental Science teacher at Corbett High School. During the summer of 2013 she and her mom went to Northern Spain to hike over 300 miles together along the Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage. Her mom was 65 years old at the time! Katie is now married and they are a family of four, living in Portland with a dog named Roscoe and a salt water fish tank full of fish! Katie still plays basketball for fun and the family enjoys the great outdoors with a huge vegetable garden and lots of berries in their yard.

Monday, December 11, 2017

"Be Prepared"

Bill Harlow was born in South Carolina. At age two, his mom moved to Oregon with him and his sister. She remarried and then Bill was also raised with a stepsister. Bill's stepfather came into his life when he was five years old and introduced him to Cub Scouts. He eventually became his Scout Master, and Bill made it all the way to Eagle Scout, a feat only 5% of Scouts achieve. Bill enjoyed numerous Scout activities and learned to always "Be Prepared" in life. He grew to love the great outdoors and became an avid hunter and snow skier while growing up. Bill lived in the same Troutdale house until graduating from Columbia High School, which is now Reynolds High School. He joined the Army after graduation and was stationed in Nirenberg, Germany. His unit went to the first Gulf War and was stationed there for seven months. His total time in the Army was three and a half years. After leaving the Army, he began working at the Army Corp of Engineers and was attending Mt. Hood Community College simultaneously. His mom passed away shortly after he returned from being in the Army. Her death had a strong impact on him and he dropped out of school and began bartending at Tad's Chicken N' Dumplins. This is where and when he met his wife Samantha! They dated a year and then married. After meeting at Tad's, they both immediately left and moved to attend college. She attended the Univ. of Oregon and he began classes at Lane Community College. Bill finished his two year degree and then transferred to the Univ. of Oregon to earn his degree in Journalism. Bill graduated and they both moved to Los Angeles to find work. They lived four years in L.A. where he was an actor and did camera work. They eventually moved back to Corbett to be near Samantha's family. His stepfather remarried and he gained five additional stepsisters. Bill began attending Pacific Univ. to earn his Masters of Teaching degree. Son Aiden was born in 2007. Bill began working for Reynolds Middle School as a Learning Specialist for 13 years. Samantha's mom died, so they sold their Corbett home and moved onto the Corbett farm with her father to help care for the farm. Instead of raising cows like his in-laws, he and Samantha are raising goats. Their son Aiden is now a 6th grader at Corbett. A short time ago, an opportunity opened up at Corbett and Bill jumped at the opportunity to work in his home district! He is currently the Corbett High School Learning Specialist.  His family spends a great deal of time together. They cross country ski, fish, play board games and often just hang out on their farm!