Sunday, February 22, 2015
Victoria Grimes was born in Uruguay. At age 3, her parents took advantage of an opportunity to come to the United States. Her parents, older sister and younger brother moved to Boston, MA. to "start a new chapter" and leave behind economic and political limitations. Victoria describes herself as being a "pretty nerdy" kid growing up. She says she was shy, and loved to read and play the violin. When given the chance, she also loved to play outdoors with her siblings. Victoria's parents divorced and her mom eventually moved to Portland, Oregon with the children. Victoria began attending Grant High School as a freshman and then later graduated. Victoria's mother went on to have another child, and Victoria's younger sister died of health complications at age 6. Victoria went to Mt. Hood Community College and earned her Associates degree in Music. She then went on to Portland State Univ. to get her Bachelor's degree in Music. She was talked out of it! She graduated with her major being History. Victoria worked in her church's youth group and taught music to children and realized that she wanted to become a teacher. She went to George Fox to earn her MAT so she could teach History, although she still actually WANTED to teach music! Upon graduation, she actually was given a job opportunity to teach MUSIC in the Reynolds District as a middle school strings teacher. Teaching for three years in the Reynolds District, she also earned her MUSIC endorsement from George Fox. Reynolds was needing to make cuts to teachers due to budget restraints, so Victoria knew she needed to look elsewhere since she was one of the newer teachers. Working at Salem Grade and Middle School turned out to be a real blessing. Karl Rashkes became a mentor that made a huge impact on her teaching and personal life and it was during this time she was also introduced to her husband. Dating for a year, she later married Jonathan and then moved to Gresham to be with him. It was difficult to leave her Salem teaching position and when she came to Gresham, she was a substitute teacher for the first year. This was definitely NOT ideal for Victoria. Because Victoria speaks fluent Spanish, she was offered a position at Corbett as an ESL teacher/aide. The following year she continued with ESL and also began teaching music at both CAPS and at the Corbett District. This year has been exciting for Victoria as she has been able to teach music full-time. She teaches general music to K-5 and strings to 3rd grade through high school. Her and Jonathan attend church, hike, read, attend the theater, and often get together with friends.
Friday, February 20, 2015
Being a middle school teacher requires a great deal of energy, and Victoria Hubler has it! Plus more. She is a 5th generation Oregonian, born in Roseburg. Victoria's parents divorced when she was just four, and her mom remarried. Victoria and her older brother then became the siblings of three older brothers. Victoria's mom was the one to have started the first alternative high school in the state of Oregon and it became one of the top ranked alternative K-12 programs in the state! Both Victoria's birth parents have backgrounds in education, so no surprise that she has followed suit. Considering herself to be a "good kid" growing up, Victoria kept busy with academics and sports. In school she was a well trusted student that seemed to often find the favor of teachers as she studied hard and often volunteered to help out where needed. Playing volleyball and basketball, she also began ski racing in junior high. Victoria raced for Roseburg High School for a year and then one more year for MBSEF. Then her knees gave out. Add to the mix that she got her first horse at age 12 and started barrel racing at the age of 14. Graduating one year early from Roseburg High, she went to Bloemfontein, South Africa in 1993-94 during the period of Nelson Mandela's election. Attending school while there, she says the entire experience was nothing short of incredible! Coming back home, she attended Portland State for two years. Her older brother died in a car accident on her 21st birthday, so Victoria took a year off to process. She moved to Bend and became a ski instructor for children. Soon after, she moved to Hood River "on a whim" with a girlfriend. She has been there ever since! Moving to Hood River in 1997, Victoria began working three part-time jobs while taking 18 credit hours at Portland State, studying Pre-Med. In May 1998 Victoria met her husband Forrest while she was working one of her part-time jobs. Friends first, they began dating a year and a half later. In August 2002 they married in Roseburg at her mom's home on the Umpqua River. Victoria finished her degree at Portland State in 2001, majoring in Health Sciences with a minor in English. In 2006 she received her Master's of Teaching from Lewis and Clark College. Attending the Job Fair after graduation, Victoria spoke with Randy Trani. Planning to be a grade school teacher, she was told Corbett had an opening for a middle school teacher. When offered the opportunity, she knew she could do it, and wanted to be at Corbett, so accepted. The rest is history, as they say. Victoria absolutely LOVES the middle school age level of teaching and knows that now more than ever due to working in different areas and briefly at another school during the years she was starting her family. Oliver was born in 2008 and Ophelia in 2010. Oliver is now attending Corbett as a first grader, and Ophelia will attend the Corbett Pre-school next year. As a family, they love to snow ski, mountain bike and just be together. (Ophelia was on skis at age 13 months!) When given the chance, Victoria loves to surf, and runs as much as time allows. She has completed three marathons and is now doing half marathons so she can have less training and more family time. At this time, she has no plans to leave Hood River, or Corbett!
Sunday, February 15, 2015
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Jen DiMaggio is indeed related to Joe. He is her father's first cousin, making him her third cousin. Speaking of cousins, Jen grew up with 15!! cousins in addition to her older and younger brother. Born in the Bay Area, Jen spent her early years in Pleasanton, CA. When she was in the 7th grade, her family moved to Oregon as a result of her father's job transfer due to a promotion. Jen continued to play sports throughout her youth, enjoying soccer, softball and basketball. She was also a voracious reader. Graduating from Lakeridge High School, she then went on to San Deigo State Univ. for six years. Because of her strong math skills, she was going to be an accountant, but later switched to Elementary Education. Jen had begun babysitting at age 12 and never lost her love for being around children. Moving back to Portland, Jen became an instructional aide for five years, working with parenting students. Jen was able to not only teach the students academic skills, but life skills as well! Jen worked in the infant room and built strong relationships with many of the girls and their children. In 2008, Jen decided to go a step further with her education and earned her Master's in Teaching (MAT) from George Fox University. Upon graduation, She became the lone elementary teacher for the grade school at Estacada Web Academy. Jen spent five years teaching for the academy. It was at a Caregiver's Nanny Agency that Jen met Rachel Dolkas and was connected to a part-time position available at Corbett Grade School. Jen took on the position of a full-time sub working two days a week- job sharing with Ms. Dolkas! It was this year that Jen was hired full-time as an intermediate teacher at Corbett. Jen appreciates greatly that her teaching position includes an amazing staff that supports her. She said the teachers work very well together to share ideas and give support to one another. "It is like being a part of a family!" Jen met Bill Amos at a Kentucky Derby party. They were both part of running groups that attended the party that fundraised to offer assistance for another. They dated for a year and have now been engaged for a year. They plan to elope to Europe- soon! NO wedding. They want to hike the Tour de Mont Blanc! Bill is an avid mountain climber and has climbed all over the Northwest. Currently both live in John's Landing and have two dogs. They enjoy running and hiking together- anything outdoors that includes their dogs.
Sunday, February 8, 2015
DeeDee loves to cook and entertain, mostly for her extended family of almost 30! Her mom is still living locally and is very connected with their large, extended family. Rick has been the Supervisor of Horticulture at the Portland Zoo for the past 28 years and is continuing to coach the Corbett High School softball team. Andrew is living in LA and working, while Krissy is finishing up her college degree. DeeDee says she loves being an empty nester with Rick, as they enjoy exploring local attractions. Corbett is blessed to have such a warm and welcoming principal who is also an amazing role model for her staff as well as students!
Friday, February 6, 2015
Born in Gresham, Desiree was fortunate to live from birth to just after high school graduation in the same home. Today her mom and older sister are still there! Desiree is one of seven children raised by her parents. She is right in the middle, age wise, and says she has always loved being a "caretaker" for everyone. Growing up, Desiree found time to play several sports, with softball being her favorite. School was always a focus as well, working hard to earn good grades. After graduating from Gresham High, Desiree went on to George Fox College and earned her Bachelor's degree in Education in just three years! She was on the "fast track" since she was paying her own way! Applying at Corbett and other districts as well after graduation, Desiree chose Corbett and has never looked back. In 2000 she was hired as a 7th grade teacher, and has remained in the district all these years. Desiree is now currently the Director of Student Services. She oversees Special Education (ages 0-21 years old), Health Services, English Language Development and Intervention Services. Desiree has earned a Master's of Science degree in Education Administration with a Special Education endorsement. She says she has "found her calling" as she just loves working with a team at Corbett that is dedicated to supporting all students in the most inclusive manner. Having an older sister who is 41 years old who experiences Down Syndrome, Desiree says she is passionate about Special Education. Desiree met her husband Jack at a book group. After meeting at the group, they dated 15 months and then married. Today Jack and Desiree have two sons, Jordan 4 and Jackson 5. Both attend school at Corbett. Jack was born in Taiwan and currently speaks three languages. Before the boys were born, they did a great deal of traveling together. Now as a family they love to play outdoors at a nearby park, ride bikes, and play baseball. Desiree also enjoys cooking with her youngest son Jordan, creating projects with her older son Jackson and reads whenever she can find some quiet time! A huge priority for the family is to sit down to dinner together on a regular basis. Coming from a large family, Desiree understands the need for time to share and interact with each other over a good home cooked meal!