Monday, May 15, 2017
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Saturday, May 6, 2017
Monday, April 17, 2017
Lauren Collins was born in Montgomery, AL but has lived in many different places as a result of her father's job. Lauren's mom is British and met Lauren's father when he was stationed in England as a medical doctor for the Air Force. Together they had Lauren and another daughter and moved several times. The family lived in England while her father was serving in the Bosnian War. As a child, Lauren loved all forms of art and was involved in theater, acting in several plays. She also did ballet for 15 years. In England, she had a horse and rode often. When her parents divorced, Lauren went to live with her father in Annapolis, MD. She was 15 years old and eventually graduated high school in MD. After high school, Lauren attended the Univ. of Tampa, graduating with a degree in Elementary Education. She loved the sunshine Florida offered, but was ready to move to a "beautiful" state to begin work. Lauren had never been to Oregon, but had seen photos and read books on the state, so she moved here in 2007 on her own. She loved it from the beginning! She began substitute teaching then got a full-time job at a small private Christian school in St Helens. She taught a 2nd-3rd grade blend for four years. Always loving fashion and design, she decided to follow her dreams and move to Paris. She attended fashion school and then got a job doing fashion PR. She did not like the job or France. Lauren then moved to NYC and worked in fashion again. With high stress and no level of peace for the work being done, Lauren came back to Oregon and got her old job back in St. Helens as a teacher. She also earned her Master's degree from Portland State. She felt like now her work mattered once again- she was impacting children's lives, making a positive difference in the world. Lauren attended a job fair in 2014 and landed her "dream job" at Corbett Grade School, now teaching grades 2 and 3. She absolutely loves the working environment at Corbett and knows she is where she is supposed to be, with the kids she loves! Lauren just purchased a condo in Portland and enjoys travel. She will be going to Chile this summer for three weeks with National Geographic as an educational trip. She also enjoys being a part of a book club and decorating her new home!
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Wendy Hatton was born in Portland, one of eight children! There was always a playmate and plenty of activity in the home. The family lived in the same home until Wendy's father passed, and then her brother purchased the home. As a child, Wendy loved to sing and was involved in their neighborhood church with lots of activities such as sunday school and youth group. After graduation from Franklin High School, Wendy went off to NW Bible College in Kirkland, WA. She then went on to live with her aunt and uncle for a short time. Eventually she went back to Portland and held various jobs. In 1981 she married the man she had met as a teenager in the church she attended. The babies started coming in January 1983. There were a total of four girls and one son. Wendy's son had a genetic disorder and passed away at the age of just 14 months. Her four daughters now range in age from 21 to 34 years of age. The first grandchild is due to arrive in April 2017! Wendy home schooled her daughters at different times and each daughter ended up graduating from a different high school. Wendy chose to be a stay-at-home mom for many years. The family always loved to travel and continue to make trips today. Wendy says that traveling is an adventure that takes plenty of work to plan, especially when going out of the country. Going on vacation means very little planning and lots of free time and relaxation. Her and husband Robert love to do both! One of Wendy's favorite places to go is Australia. In 2013, Wendy started as a long-term sub at Corbett and that turned into a full-time position as a Paraeducator in 2014 at the Corbett Grade School. She said she loves to help kids get a solid grasp on both reading and writing, as they helps set them up for a life time of success!
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Rafael Cortada was born in the Bronx, New York. His two older sisters are twins, who today are a nurse and a teacher. Rafael's parents were both educators and Rafael's father has been president of numerous colleges in the US, making for plenty of moves for the family. Rafael has lived in Brooklyn and Yonkers, NY, Wash. D.C., Baltimore, MD, Minnesota, Ohio, and Redondo Beach, CA. No matter the location, Rafael has always played sports. He has been on award winning teams and teams that were completely awful. He says it didn't really matter, he always tried to make the best and most of every situation. His favorite sports were football, rugby and cross country. As for academics, he favored history and psychology. He attended both private and public schools, and again, just made the best of wherever he was. After graduating high school in CA, he attended Loyola Marymount University for four years, majoring in Psychology. After learning to play the drums in middle school, Rafael had become quite good and played in several bands. When he graduated college, he was ready and serious about becoming a real- life rock star. Life happened and he instead went on to graduate school at the Univ. of District Columbia. He graduated with a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology. Rafael did work as a drug and alcohol counselor during his graduate school years. After graduating, he began work for U.S. Courts as a Pre-Trial Services Officer in Virginia. During this time he also married and had both a son and daughter. Work was always important to Rafael, as he wanted to make his life count in helping others, just as both his parents had modeled for him. The next job opportunity was working for the Maryland Dept. of Corrections then Fredrick County Sheriff's Office. There was a big move to the Pacific Northwest in 1996. He took a job with the U.S. Courts in Oregon as a Pre-Trial Services Officer. In 1999 he worked in the Multnomah County's Sheriff's Office as a deputy. As a deputy, different assignments have included Canine Deputy, Transit Police, Search and Rescue, Green Hornet Trail Rescue Team and Rapid Response Team. In 2014 he was informed of a position at the Corbett School District as a Resource Officer. He was immediately interested and applied. He wears "many hats" in the position and enjoys being a resource for many of the kids, teachers, staff, parents and community. In his free time he loves to be with his dog and be in the outdoors, possibly running yet another marathon!
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Adam Crouse says he was raised as a "military brat" that moved all over the United States. Born in Riverside, CA., he is one of five children born to his parents. He was the fourth child, one of three boys and two girls. His father was a military man, and Adam followed in his footsteps. While living in Wyoming, his parents divorced when he was a child. He then moved to Portland with his mom and siblings. Following his older brother James, he joined the Sea Scouts, the nautical division of the Boy Scouts. Adam liked the structure of the group and learning leadership skills. He loved boating nearly every weekend and especially liked the strong family atmosphere that the group provided. Adam was also involved in the choir at Gresham High before graduating. Meeting his wife at summer school at Mt. Hood Community College, they married in 1993. Together they have two children, Kaylynn 17 and Zachary 14. In 1996, Adam joined the Coast Guard. After going to boot camp, he was transferred to Maine, attending a specialty school to become a mechanic. After this, he was transferred to Astoria, OR. in 1999. Adam then chose to leave the military. At this time he and his wife moved to Perrydale, OR. where he found warehouse work. Adam soon went back into the Coast Guard, moving to New Jersey, California, then Michigan. One more time he left the military and went back to school to get his Associates degree at ITT Tech in Computer Networking Systems. He eventually found work with MESD, working as a substitute at Corbett. He was eventually hired as a full-time Paraeducator at Corbett. He is now currently working on his Bachelor's degree at Warner Pacific, focused on a degree in Business Administration. Adam enjoys staying in good physical condition as he runs regularly and enters half marathons on a regular basis. He is currently looking forward to a family vacation to the Grand Canyon over Spring Break.
Friday, February 3, 2017
Meet the Corbett School District's Senior Classroom Teacher. The position was certainly not awarded based on age! Kristin Wold was born in the Gresham area and grew up in the same home her entire life. She has both a younger brother and sister. Her father passed away a few months ago and her mom is now living in the Puyallup, WA. area. Kristin attended the Gresham schools in the grade and middle school years, but asked her parents if she could go to a smaller high school. They agreed upon Portland Lutheran High School. Kristin says that although school came easy for her, she was not focused on academics. She says that she loved to read, play outside and be creative. Both middle and high school years were spent in choir as a lower alto and sometimes even a tenor! She also did stats for different sports teams just so she could be a part of the team since she wasn't much into athletics. After graduation, she got her first job at the local grocery store, Teals. It has since become a Safeway. She was hired to bag groceries and carry them to the car for folks. It was here she met her husband- 12 years her senior! Carl was a pharmacy clerk, and they began dating. It was at this time that Kristin also began teaching sunday school. It was here she fell in love with teaching! Her and Carl got married and Kristin decided to go to school and get her degree so she could become a teacher. It took six years, but she went to Portland State Univ. and got her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. She begand scanning the newspaper to find a teaching position! She circled all the ones of interest. Corbett was her second interview. She was their #2 choice for the first grade position. Quite disappointed, she later received a phone call stating that the 5th grade teacher retired and now the position was available. Was she interested? She was a bit nervous to teach the "older" kids, but she accepted! Fellow teacher, Holly Dearixon helped get her through the first year of teaching at the school that has since burned down. Kristin says the building was so old, the boiler pipes clanked all throughout the day in her classroom! Kristin was moved to 4th grade the following year and then 3rd grade the year after that. In 1996 they moved to the brand new grade school where she got to choose her room. She chose the "view room" and has loved that space ever since. She is currently teaching a K-1st blend and could not be happier! In 2000 Kristin gave birth to daughter Juliana, who now is attending Corbett High School. The family of three live in Carl's grandmother's previous home in NE Portland. Kristin's family LOVES to travel and have visited Easter Island, Japan, East Africa, Pacific Islands and numerous other spots. Kristin enjoys studying geography and has a 50 year old pen pal in Japan that has helped her understand the culture. Kristin also has a private tutor that teaches her the Japanese language on a regular basis. What does Kristin love most about Corbett? "It has continued to evolve into a place where there is an abundance of happy energy. Teachers are grateful to be there and they collaborate regularly. The administration treats teachers as professionals and with respect." With such an upbeat attitude, no wonder colleagues appreciate having her in the position of Senior Classroom Teacher of the entire district!
Saturday, January 28, 2017
Maddy Bunnell's life began in Eugene, OR. She is the oldest of three girls born to her parents. Her father was attending school at the Univ. of Oregon when she was born, working on attaining a degree in Political Science. Upon completion of the degree, they moved to Spokane, WA. When Maddy was three, the family moved to Portland for her dad's work. Both parents were from Portland and anxious to "get back home". As a child, Maddy admits to being shy and athletic. She played basketball from 5th-8th grade and volleyball from 6th-12th grade. Graduating from Central Catholic High School in Portland, Maddy then traveled to China on a select volleyball team to play tournaments with several Chinese teams. That fall she attended Oregon State Univ. After her freshman year, she transferred to Concordia University to complete her degree in Elementary Education. Maddy began working as an office manager for a company that helped schools with fundraising efforts. At this time she also began attending night classes at a dental assistant school. Busy with work and school, she found the time to go on a blind date that her friends had set up. After dinner at Edgefield's, she knew she had met the man of her dreams. After dating two years, Mark and Maddy married in 1997. After four years as an office manager and after completing her dental program, she began working as a dental assistant for the Multnomah County jails, helping inmates with their teeth and dental hygiene. This is where Maddy realized "everyone has a story". She loved listening to the inmates talk about their lives. She appreciated their ability to share freely and openly. Maddy's daughter was born in 2000 and she then chose not to go back to work. Mark is a corrections deputy and supported her decision. Maddy's father ended up offering her a job just two days a week at his office while family watched Emily. Two years later, Mark and Maddy were expecting another baby. She continued to work for her father in accounts payable at his office. Maddy's father sold his company in 2013, and she needed another job. Both their kids began attending the Corbett Schools after being at Open Door Academy in Troutdale. Maddy began to volunteer at Corbett as a parent, helping out in the classrooms. Eventually she was asked to work full-time at Corbett as a Paraeducator. She is now in her second year, and loves it! She said that the kids also have their own stories, and she loves listening to and working with all the kids in both the grade and middle schools. She says there is "never a dull moment" and she loves that! When at home with her husband and kids, she loves to bake, especially chocolate chip cookies. They have one dog and two guinea pigs at their Gresham home. The family also loves to travel- each summer they head down to Southern CA to visit Mark's grandparents. Last summer they went to Europe and loved every moment!
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Born in a rural farming community of Illinois, Susan Hoffman has an older sister and a younger brother. Her folks divorced when she was two and both parents remarried. She grew up in both homes and was an active and outgoing child. Susan was involved in Brownies, Pom Pom in middle school and then track, drama, magical group and choir in high school. Susan graduated from Princeton High School and then headed to community college for 1.5 years. Matthew was her high school sweetheart and they decided to marry in 1995. They moved to Arizona for his schooling. They lived in Arizona for 1.5 years before moving back to Illinois. It was at this time their first daughter was born. Ashton arrived in 1997. Soon after, they moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan for Matthew's work. Daughter Haley was born in 2002. Susan chose to be a stay-at-home mom with their daughters and loved it. In 2007, Matthew was offered a job in Portland and the family moved. Their first home was in Gresham and then later, Troutdale. Susan has always loved both children and education. She served as a PTC president for two years at Ashton's school, volunteered in classrooms and was on the Northview Education Board. Susan also taught at Mt. Hood Christian Pre-School. While teaching pre-school, Susan met Wendy Hatton, who connected her to subbing at Corbett Grade School. Susan is now in her third year as a full-time Paraeducator at Corbett Middle School. Her oldest daughter is attending Mt. Hood Community College and her youngest is at Corbett. In her free time, Susan enjoys reading, crafting, gardening and hanging out with her family. They have two dogs, several cats and three bunnies. Delialah is the school bunny who actually sleeps at the Hoffman house. Susan says the bunny is a comfort to all the students and staff, as she loves to be held and petted. It is a win-win for all!