Friday, December 23, 2016
Jeff Mershon has lived most of his years in the Corbett community. He is one of the few that can say, "Yes, that road IS named after my family!" Jeff's home is on land that was purchased by his grandfather from the founder of the community, Mr. Corbett himself! His grandfather, George Mershon, built the home himself. Jeff's mom and dad had four children in less than four years and raised their family in the home. Jeff has three sisters and is the youngest of the siblings. As a youth, Jeff was expected to work hard both on the property as well as in the family hardware store. Jeff's father had arthritis and traveled a great deal for his job. Purchasing the hardware store was an opportunity for change. Jeff graduated from Corbett High and went on to Mt. Hood Community College to earn an Assoc. degree in Automotive Technology. He then went on to get a job at Ger-Brock in Portland. Jeff married in 1984. He and Marcia lived in the Mt. Tabor area of Portland and had both a son and daughter together. They later divorced. Jeff's parents were getting older and wanted to have Jeff come live with them. Jeff moved back to the Corbett family home and continued to help with the hardware store as well as work for DHL, an overnight air freight company. The store was eventually sold to a local resident and both his parents passed on in 2014. Jeff began working at Mt. Hood Meadows in the vehicle shop after leaving DHL. He met and fell in love with a ski instructor. He and Cynthia "Rock" married in 2000 and are raising daughter Sydney in the Corbett home Jeff was raised in. For the past six years, Jeff has been driving a school bus for the Corbett School District. Although struggling with a bad back, Jeff remains friendly and optimistic, engaging with all those that cross his path. Have a history question about the community? Jeff just might be the one to ask!
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Kasey Denson was born in Portland, Oregon. His mom and dad adopted him at the age of two and brought him home to three brothers and four sisters. Kasey was the youngest child in the family. Kasey attended Corbett Schools from K-12, loving that he had several friends and knew all of his classmates since class size was so small. Kasey played the trumpet in the grade school band and also played baseball and basketball in grade school. Family vacations were always a highlight for Kasey and his favorite was a trip to Mt. Rushmore. After graduation from Corbett, Kasey tried to enroll in the Army but it did not work out, so he began writing a letter to war veterans to thank them for their service. Many wrote back and he still keeps in touch with many of them. Kasey got a job at the Portland Airport, working for Smart Cart, but it was not something that he enjoyed. He applied to the Corbett School District as a custodian. It started as part-time and then became full-time work for him last year. It seems to be a great fit! Last month Kasey was in the gym cleaning as the volunteer Corbett Fire Dept. guys were playing hoops. They left and a short time later, Kasey smelled smoke. He ran to get another custodian and he called 911. There was a fire in Mark Wilson's office. The Fire Dept. came back with their gear and because of Kasey, was able to save a possible loss of the office and more! The walkie talkie battery had overheated and caught some paper files on fire.
Kasey has discovered his birth father as a result of some internet research and recently also found a half sister. Kasey enjoys playing video games and also enjoys walking all over Corbett. He is living withing his folks in his childhood home and loves being able to work in the school he enjoyed for so many years.
Kasey has discovered his birth father as a result of some internet research and recently also found a half sister. Kasey enjoys playing video games and also enjoys walking all over Corbett. He is living withing his folks in his childhood home and loves being able to work in the school he enjoyed for so many years.
Thursday, December 8, 2016
Before Zachary Goude was born, three generations of Goude men were in the logging business. Zach was born six years after his sister and decided to take a different path for himself. Born and then raised in Coos Bay, he was an outgoing child who loved everything there was about the great outdoors. For a short time, his family moved to San Diego, CA., but it was "not a good fit" for them. They came back to Coos Bay. Zach joined Cub Scouts and stayed on course to become an Eagle Scout. He started playing football at an early age and stayed the course to become an All-State offensive lineman, playing center. He was also involved in student government, and was the student body president his senior year. After graduation, he went to a local community college for a year. He then married his high school sweetheart, Rachelle. Together they headed to Eastern Oregon Univ. in La Grande. Both were determined to become teachers. Rachelle realized her strengths in business and switched gears to major in Business and Economics. Zach stayed the course to graduate with a degree in Physics. After college graduation, they both moved to Portland. He then went on to get his master's degree in Physics at Portland State Univ. while Rachelle went to work for Wells Fargo Bank. They have two sons, Isaiah 8 and Gabriel,4. Once Zach got his master's degree, he worked for the Public Health Dept. doing radiation regulation. He was not expecting to take this side course, but said it was great to learn what he did. After three years, he went to Concordia Univ. to get his teaching license. In 2010 he was a student teacher for Phil Pearson at Corbett High School. He was later hired on full-time as a high school teacher at Corbett. He now teaches AP Physics I, AP Physics C, Robotics, AP Computer Science Principles and he helps students with an independent study of AP Chemistry. Currently, Zach and Rachelle live in Portland with their sons and dog Riley. They love to travel and be outdoors whenever possible. Amateur bicycling is a passion for Zach, as he enters numerous local road races each year. He also loves to create and build things with his 3D printer.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Angela Davis grew up in Gresham, Oregon. She lived her entire childhood in the same home with her parents and older brother. Her folks are still married, but have since moved to the Oregon Coast. Angela was very outgoing as a youth, involved in numerous activities. Angela played both basketball and volleyball, was in the marching band and played flute in the concert band at Centennial High School. She also was heavily involved in student government. School came easy and Angela was a strong student. She was awarded a full-ride volleyball scholarship to Boise State Univ. after graduation. Her junior year at BSU, Angela injured her knee in the volleyball season and went home to rehab. During her time at BSU, she had met a football player named Brian Davis. He was older and from Pocatello, Idaho. When Angela went back home to Gresham for rehab, Brian drove up to Gresham and proposed. They married in August, 1995. Angela began her career as a volleyball coach at Centennial High School and also worked at Cascade Athletic Club. Once the babies started coming, Angela "just" coached volleyball in addition to taking care of the children. Claire was born in 1998, Austin in 1999, Grace in 2004 and Zane in 2006. In 2000, Angela moved to Corbett High School as an assistant volleyball coach. In 2009, she became the head coach for the Corbett Varsity team. Always loving school and having a strong desire to both coach and teach, she went back to college to finish her degree. Angela graduated in May 2015 from Concordia Univ. with a B.A. in Education with an endorsement in Language Arts. In the Fall of 2015 she was hired by Corbett High School to teach Sophomore English. She is currently attending Concordia Univ. online to earn her Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Teaching, coaching and parenting are incredible opportunities for Angela. She does not take lightly the responsibility to instruct and encourage others. A favorite motto is "Hold the vision and respect the process." She is well aware that the process can be just as important as the success achieved. Angela and her family currently live in Corbett and have no plans of moving anytime soon!
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Mark Wilson is a man of MANY talents. Growing up in Florence, Oregon, many of his family members across the generations are/were commercial fishermen. Mark's father taught him a great deal about both fishing and hunting. His father is still living in Salem, but both his mom and sister have passed. Growing up, Mark enjoyed not only hunting and fishing but also music, art and history. Mark graduated high school from Myrtle Point. After graduation, Mark moved to Reedsport, OR. to work in the plywood industry. He married at age 21 and had two daughters. When his wife passed, his daughters were just seven and eight years old. Mark took on full-time parenting and did everything he could to hold everything together. Mark married for a second time for a total of five years. No children. Mark played in several bands over the years. His specialty is bass guitar. When he was playing at the Tippy Canoe one night, he struck up a conversation with the bartender. The rest is history! Patti and Mark have now been married 28 years and have 11 grandchildren together. They currently live in Corbett after a brief five year move to Hawaii. Mark was originally hired in 1989 at the Corbett School District in the maintenance department. He worked under local resident, Clint Davis. Mark came back from Hawaii to be near the grand kids. He is now the head of the maintenance dept. at the Corbett School District. He makes sure that all buildings have systems in working order, oversees all the janitors and the groundskeeper. The State of Oregon also has a list of compliance requirements that Mark oversees for running all the buildings. He loves to be a part of the solution, trying always to improve upon any problems that come up. He says he enjoys keeping things in working order and seeing that the teachers and students have what they need to best thrive in the school environment. In his free time, Mark and Patti raise St. Barnard puppies and also have a mini Doxie of their own. Mark still loves to play his guitar, fish on the Columbia River in his boat and be with Patti.
Saturday, November 5, 2016
Although John Leamy was born in Vancouver, WA., his family moved to Corbett when he was one year, one month and one day old! John is the youngest of four sons born to his parents. John attended Corbett schools his entire childhood, graduating in 1970 from the high school. John said his childhood was pretty much just school and the farm. Owning 160 acres, the family raised their own food. They had fruit trees, a vegetable garden, beef and chickens. They also fished locally, grew their own hay and were on a spring for their water source. John's mom delivered four boys in five years, so he was never lonely or bored living on the big farm. They were regular attenders of Corbett Christian Church and knew many of the local families. He remembers needing to "walk out" one mile just to catch the Corbett school bus. He also remembers Corbett High School having a smoking room in the basement of the school for teachers and students to smoke in! John attended Multnomah Bible College for one year after graduation because he was interested in becoming a pastor. He changed his mind and transferred to Mt. Hood Comm. College to earn a degree in Business Administration. During this time he met his girlfriend's best friend. John ended up marrying Donna six years later! She was a student at Lewis and Clark College and wanted to wait for marriage until she had finished her degree. Once married, they moved to Sandy, then later, to Portland. They eventually moved back to Corbett in 1979. John began working at Menucha and was in charge of the food service there for eight years. Son Matt was born in 1980 and daughter Casey came along in 1982. Several other jobs came along after his time at Menucha. At one point, John sold real estate for 14 years. He currently is working at the family print shop in Troutdale with son Matt and is also a bus driver for Corbett. Matt's degree is in graphic design, so Leamy Printing and Design is something they do together. John started driving a bus for Corbett schools six years ago. He started as a sub and then grew into being a regular driver. He loves it! Now he also drives the bus for sporting events and on overnight trips with the students and teachers. John said he is continuously amazed at how friendly and polite the Corbett kids are. Although he and Donna have lived in Troutdale for many years, he will always consider Corbett his home.
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
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.
Saturday, September 10, 2016
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
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
Sunday, June 26, 2016
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Marian Berger was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and lived there from birth up to her college years! Born the youngest of three girls, her father passed when she was just 25 years old. Her father was an anesthesiologist and her mother volunteered 35 years at the Cincinnati Art Museum as a docent. Currently her mother and two older sisters are living in the San Francisco area. Growing up, Marian was focused on on performing arts. Ballet, modern jazz, choir and plays on stage were a big part of her life. Marian attended private schools and then applied at several colleges when the time arrived. Marian chose Harvard and said she really thrived at a school with so many like-minded students. She graduated with a major in English. After graduation, Marian stayed in Boston and worked for a year as an intern at a book publishing company. She then moved to New York and worked for a literary agency for 2.5 years. At the end of her time in NY, she began dating her boyfriend from college once again. She says he was very persistent! Rob was from Canada and worked in Chicago. Did Marian moved from NY to Chicago? No! She moved to China for a year and taught English. She loved the experience! Marian came back and then moved to Chicago to be near Rob. At this time, Marian went to Northwestern Univ. and earned her Master's of Science in Education and Social Policy. Rob then proposed and they married in Chicago and lived there until 2002. The two traveled and one of their trips was to Oregon. They both fell in love with the state. Harvard Alum Steve Tugwell was a teacher at Corbett and told Mariane about his experience of teaching there. Marian decided to apply! She met with Bob Dunton and was hired in Spring 2003 as a 9th grade teacher. After four years, she added AP English to her teaching schedule. In 2006, son Grant was born and in 2009 Max was born. Both boys currently attend Portland Public Schools. It is because of her family that she is choosing to take a break from teaching. Her sons are growing quickly, and she wants to be home and involved. She has loved her teaching experience in Corbett and feels it offers an education just as fabulous as any private school. Will she be back in a few years once the boys are grown? Maybe! :)
Thursday, June 9, 2016
Anthony Young was born in Los Angeles, CA. He lived with his parents and older brother and sister in Malibu until the age of five. His parents are still happily married and currently live on the Oregon Coast. Anthony's father worked for the EPA as a Marine Biologist and his mother was a Montessori Teacher/Director. As a young boy, Anthony says he was quite rambunctious! The family moved to New York when he was five, and then to Maryland when he was six. At age seven, the family settled in Newport, Oregon. It was here he graduated high school and met the love of his life. Anthony was a competitive athlete in both track and cross country. This was how he first met his wife, Rhiannon. They started dating after graduation. For college, Anthony attended Lewis and Clark College in Portland. He graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs. He minored in Art, with a focus on Painting. During his sophomore year of college, he did an exchange as a student, going to Sapporo, Japan for nearly four months. At the time, he had a strong grasp of the language, and had a fantastic experience there. He was able to get a greater understanding of himself and the American culture that he had been raised in. He especially loved the food in Japan! Throughout his time in college, he and Rhiannon continued to date and explore life together while she also attended school at a nearby college. Together they became best friends and felt that they were a team and were together to explore the great adventure of LIFE! On one of their trips, they both decided that being teachers would be an amazing experience. They then both attended the GTEP (Graduate Teaching Education Program) at Portland State University. Anthony and Rhiannon married in 2004. He subbed as a teacher his first year then was hired full-time in 2004 at Corbett High School. He taught Art and Modern US History. From Portland, they moved to Corbett in 2012. At the time they had two children, and since the move, have added two more! The TEAM has grown! Olivia is eight, Henri is six, Edwin is three and Amelie is just three months. After three years at Corbett, Anthony has since added AP Psychology and AP Art to his schedule of teaching at the high school. He feels that the TEAM of teachers and staff at Corbett are the BEST. They get along well and encourage one another to be at their peak as teachers. The goal for Anthony is for his students to have the confidence to see themselves as an artist and problem solve creatively as they express themselves artistically.
Saturday, June 4, 2016
Meg Morales is the only child of retired teachers who raised her in both CA and OR. Born in Humboldt, CA, her parents divorced when she was four. Her mom lived in CA. and her father moved to a small town near Coos Bay, OR. She shared her time between the two. Meg was born with a severe hearing loss, and yet because both her parents played an active role in her life, she was able to overcome huge obstacles. Today she wears hearing aids in both ears, and yet feels that she is capable of doing anything! Meg graduated from Arata High School and was active in both theater and music. After graduation, she attended Humboldt State Univ. for four years. Her bachelor's degree is in Social Sciences with an emphasis on Education. While attending college, she worked as a receptionist for a local doctor. It was while she was in college that she also began dating her husband, nearly eight years older. They married in 1999 before she actually finished her degree. In 2003, daughter Isabella was born. In 2005, son Julian was born. The family now lives in Gresham. Meg chose to be a stay at home mom until 2009, then worked part-time as a Special Ed. Asst. at Lynchwood Elementary. After working from 2009-2015 at Lynchwood, she applied at Corbett. Her kids had been attending for three years, and she thought it would be great to work in the positive environment. Currently, Meg is a Paraeducator at the Corbett Grade School and loves the fact she gets to be a part of a staff that has a strong work ethic and is there to give their best to the students. Husband Joe recently went back to school and graduated from OHSU as a radiation therapist for cancer treatment. Both kids are involved in school, sports and additional activities, so Meg is never one to be bored!
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Tracy McCoy is a Paraeducator at the Corbett Grade School. She was born in Kelso, WA. as the youngest of eight children born to her parents. Kelso was a logging town and her father worked for Weyerhauser and her mom stayed at home with the children. When Tracy was just six years old, her father died of a heart attack. At that time, her mom had "just" three kids still at home, as Tracy was born eight years after her next oldest sibling. There were four girls and four boys. Tracy was always a very strong student, reading college level books in the 5th grade. She focused on academics growing up and graduated from Kelso High School, finishing in the top 5% of her class. After high school, she went on to community college in Longview, where she had an academic scholarship. After two years, she transferred to the Univ. of Oregon, majoring in Sociology. It was here she met her first husband. At this time she was also working nearly full-time at a hospital, speaking with folks that were under great stress as they tried to pay their bills and deal with a prognosis. Tracy's oldest sister lived in Gresham, so she married in 1987 and lived in Gresham while working at the Parry Center in Portland. Married for six years, she and her husband had both a daughter and son together. When they divorced, she wanted to stay at home with her children. Tracy took in foster children and worked with them from a home base. Fifteen children came through her home over the years! Usually one at a time. One son she kept. He came at age seven and is now almost 18. All three of her children are very close to one another. She remarried in 2000 to Kelly. They re-met at their 20 year high school reunion after knowing each other since kindergarten! Together they live in Gresham. Their youngest son will graduate from high school next year, their daughter will be getting married, and their older son will be attending OSU. The entire family is big sports fans! Tracy began in 2014 in Corbett as a sub and was hired in October 2015 full-time. She said she loves the small community and the close knot relationships of the staff.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Caryn was born in the northern part of Minnesota in a place called Hallock. When she was two, her family moved to the southern part of the state. Her older brother, younger sister and herself were raised to work hard because they lived in a small rural community where their father and mother both owned and ran several local newspapers. When she was not swimming in one of the many lakes nearby, Caryn was working for her parents, helping to edit, publish and distribute the daily news. Being very shy as a young girl, Caryn was heavily involved in FHA- Future Homemakers of America. She became a very accomplished seamstress and was in several fashion shows. Caryn also spent time playing volleyball and was involved with theatre as well. After high school, Caryn got a job in a sewing factory. Her main focus was to sew children's jackets. After this, she moved around a bit and held various jobs, including a job as a nanny. An offer was made on the family newspaper business and her parents accepted and sold it all. They wanted to move to Bend, Oregon to be with her father's mom and sister. Caryn helped with the move and then stayed for awhile, working at another sewing factory. After a few more jobs and two years in college, Caryn had met a man she loved and ended up marrying him after nine months. Caryn and Guy ended up moving to Minnesota. Later they moved to Texas so Guy could earn his Master's degree. From Texas they moved to Idaho and then on to Cascade Locks, Or. In 1980 daughter Hallie was born. In 1984, daughter Iris was born. Caryn worked as an Instructional Assistant at the Bonneville Schools before they closed the doors. In 1996, a brand new Corbett Grade School opened and Caryn transferred over from Bonneville. Last year in 2015, Caryn retired, but not really! She still continues to be an active substitute! Guy and Caryn have divorced and both daughters are working and living in the Portland area. No grand babies yet, but Caryn keeps very busy with sewing, gardening, painting, drawing, and playing several musical instruments. Over the years, Caryn has waitressed, sewed for a living, been a CNA, and held a variety of other jobs. One of her favorite jobs? Being in the Corbett Schools where she says she learns from the children as much as she teaches them!
Friday, May 20, 2016
Sam Wallace was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1976. Both sets of his grandparents were Baptist missionaries in the country. Sam's parents also had a daughter, Rhiana who is one and a half years younger than Sam. When Sam was three, his parents divorced and he moved to McMinville, Oregon with his mom and sister. Sam's mom graduated from Linfield College and had a lot of support and connections in the area. She was a school teacher and remarried when Sam was 10. His father moved to the U.S. Virgin Islands, and summers were spent in St. Croix with his dad and sister. His father eventually remarried and he has a half brother 13 years younger than himself. When Sam was growing up, he loved to play outdoors with friends. He played baseball and basketball in his youth and then played tennis all through high school. He was a strong student and loved academics. While in high school, he worked part time at a video store. He became fascinated with film. He went to Emerson College in Boston, MA. to study film. After a year and a half, he changed plans and moved to Portland to attend PSU. Sam lived off campus in a house with friends. One day while playing basketball at a nearby school, he got an inkling to ask if he could be a volunteer there. A new world opened up to him from this very positive experience, so he graduated PSU and then went on to their graduate program for teachers, the GTEP program. Graduate Teacher Education Program. Once finished, Sam started subbing as a teacher and got frustrated. He was looking to build relationships with students and it was not a good fit by just subbing. Sam went to South Korea for a year to teach English to Korean students. He learned a great deal but was anxious to return back to the states. After an 8 month sub position at Gilbert Heights Elementary, he was offered a full time position as a 5th grade teacher at Lincoln Park Elementary in the David Douglas School District. During this time he met his future wife, Marleen. She eventually began working at the Corbett School District and Sam was fascinated by her work environment! They married in 2013 and Sam eventually decided to also apply at Corbett. He was hired and began teaching in August 2014 as an intermediate teacher for grades 3,4,5 at the Corbett Grade School. He says this is his DREAM job and looks forward to coming to school each day. Sam and Marleen have traveled extensively to places such as Greece, Italy, Belize, NYC and plan to go to Japan when their 8 month old daughter gets a bit older. They have three dogs and currently live in NE Portland.
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Stacey Rogers was born in Houston,Texas. As long as she can remember, she has had a genuine love for children and travel. Stacey was adopted at birth and was raised as an only child. She was told at age five that she was adopted and has never had a desire to "find" her biological parents. Stacy's father was a pastor and her mom stayed at home until Stacey was in high school. Stacey was well loved and cared for and had an outgoing personality that gave her many friendships. She has traveled internationally and met children from all over the world. After graduating from high school in Texas, she went to Oral Roberts University in Oklahoma. Stacey earned her bachelor's degree in International Community Development. She then started work on her Master's degree. Changing her plans, she went to work for an organization called Teen Mania. Teen Mania is a Christian organization that takes teens all over the world to help where most needed to assist others in living better lives. This is where she met the love of her life, Vance Rogers. They dated 1.5 years and married in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In Sept. 1995 they moved to Corbett so they could raise their family near Vance's family and enjoy the incredible beauty of the Gorge. Both Vance and Stacey have an enormous love for kids and traveling internationally. Their first daughter, MacKenna was born in 1998, and then they traveled to China in 2002 and picked up their daughter Emily. She was seven months old. Both are students at Corbett. Daughter Addi is from Ethiopia and was adopted in Nov. 2010 at the age of ten months. The Rogers family is now complete! Stacey has been a stay at home home from the beginning and just recently went from being a volunteer at the Corbett schools to being an employee of the district. In 2013 she applied as a sub and then became a full-time Paraeducator last year, working at the Corbett Middle School. Being a volunteer for so many years, she has come to love and appreciate the close knit community of the school staff and kids who attend. She finds it incredibally joyful to see students grow and learn in a safe and friendly environment. Stacey continues to have a passion for international travel and kids. During spring break she went with several folks from Corbett to Mexico to help assist local residents with better housing. She wants to pass on the legacy and love she has for this to her own children. Her oldest daughter will be traveling soon on her own missions trip to help others. As Stacey absorbs the vast and beautiful scenry of the Gorge from her front porch, she also knows and remembers that there is a huge and needy world waiting and needing to be cared for.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Ryan Greathouse was born and raised in Corbett. His parents raised him and his older sister here and they both graduated from Corbett High School. When Ryan was growing up, he loved hanging out with his friends and played football for Corbett when he was in middle school. His father, Allan has been a Corbett School District employee for 30 years! He oversees all the transportation with the buses and makes sure things are always running smoothly with both the buses and the drivers! Ryan's mom works at Home Depot in Troutdale. After graduation, Ryan attending the LEAP program at Parkrose High School for two years to help him "broaden his horizons." Currently he is working at Corbett, assisting with bus parking, crossing guard duty at the grade school and keeping the MPB swept and clean. In his off time, Ryan says he loves to play video games, mostly NFL football, with the Seahawks being his favorite team. Ryan also loves to travel and went to Cabo, Mexico with his family last year. Although his older sister is married and living in Gresham, he is not an uncle....yet! Right now Ryan is focused on helping the school district to run smoothly and be a support wherever needed. He loves the beauty and solitude of living in the community and wants the schools to remain strong and a friendly place to be.
Monday, April 25, 2016
Teri LaLonde was born in Portland, Oregon as the youngest of seven children born to her parents. Both parents have passed, but all the adult siblings are alive and well, with three living in Alaska and four in Oregon. Teri was very active growing up and loved more than anything to be in the great outdoors. During her school years she was involved as a cheerleader and also ran hurdles and relay dashes for the track team. Portland's Benson High School was where she attended and became very skilled at both sheet metal and anything electrical. After high school Teri worked as a receptionist at Cutler Hammer. She also attended both PSU and Mt. Hood Community College for a few classes. Teri ended up marrying her high school sweetheart, and they have just celebrated their 36th anniversary! Their daughter was born in 1981 and a son was born in 1984. Currently Teri lives in Gresham and she and her husband have two dogs, Shorty and Ramsey. Teri had been an aide for MESD since 2000. Dee Dee Hanes called her in 2015 and asked if she was interested in a position at CAPS in Springdale. Teri said yes, and has been there ever since, loving her position as a Paraeducator. She said there is a strong team feeling at the Springdale school and she appreciates the smallness of the K-8 school. As for free time, Teri most loves spending time with her family and going for walks.