Saturday, February 25, 2017

An Available Resource for ALL

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

Keeping Everything Clean and Looking GOOOOOD!

Who do we thank for keeping the Corbett school buildings looking so clean? Aaron Sprinkle is one of the guilty. Aaron started the Corbett custodial position in 2013 and ended up dropping over 60 pounds with all the deep cleaning he has done! Aaron is not only a husband, father of two and a custodian, he is also adding to his bachelor's degree with further schooling. Aaron is attending school part-time to become a biomedical engineering tech, trouble shooting and fixing hospital equipment. Aaron was born in Iowa City, Iowa. His parents moved his younger sister and him to San Diego after tiring of the cold weather of Iowa! Aaron's mom made SURE they purchased a home near a public library. She was a voracious reader and wanted her kids to be also. Aaron loved fiction, but also became fascinated with comic books and Super Heros. At age 13, Aaron started writing short stories. He worked hard on developing that skill. Aaron's father was an engineer and his mom ran a nearby college tutoring department.  His father was also a musician and taught Aaron to play the guitar at age 10. He is currently teaching himself how to play the piano! Aaron has played in numerous bands over the years and still is very passionate about music. Aaron also loves to draw. When growing up, it was mostly pencil drawing and mostly action figures, collaborating often with his friends. Aaron earned his Bachelor's degree in Modern Literature from the Univ. of CA at Santa Cruz. Soon after, he met his wife and Corbett teacher, Cassie Duprey at a job interview. At the time, Cassie was also working on her Doctorate degree. They ended up working together at Kaplan, where they had both applied, for 1.5 years. They then moved to Oakland for Cassie's teaching opportunity. Aaron found work at a warehouse that put together medical kits for orthopedic surgery. They became engaged and married in 2010. First son, Quill came along the same year. They then moved up to Portland, finding a home to rent. Cassie went back to school to get her Oregon teaching credentials and Aaron was a stay-at-home dad. Second son, Malcolm was born in 2013. In 2015, they purchased a home in Troutdale. Both their sons are currently attending the Corbett Grade School, and they are happy to ALL be a part of the Corbett School District!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

A Great Addition!

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

Corbett District Senior Teacher

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!