Monday, October 30, 2017

Stepping In When Needed

Callie Uleners was born in Visalia, CA and one of six children in her family. Callie is the baby of the family and her only sister is the oldest. Her father has passed, but her parents were married 38 years! When Callie was born, her brother was dying of cancer. It was a very stressful and sad time for her loving family. When she was just four years old, her brother died at age 16. The sadness continued after Bryan's death, so Callie spent a great deal of time in the outdoors playing and being creative in her play. Callie was introverted and yet was very expressive in her painting, drawing and writing. At age six, she also began to sing. She sang all through grade, middle and high school. She was in a choir called Up With Kids as well as a chamber choir in high school and the California Girls Choir. Only 30 girls were chosen from the state of CA for this choir, and they traveled to Belgium when she was 15 years old. The host family that she stayed with had a son named Roel and they became friends. They later began writing letters to one another. The next six years, they never saw one another, but they kept writing to each other. After high school graduation, Callie attended College of the Sequoias in Visalia, CA. She also took classes at Fresno State University, simultaneously. In 2000, Callie was working on her Art degree and at her parent's house when a knock on the door happened. Standing there to both greet and surprise her was Roel from Belgium! They realized they were deeply in love and ended up getting married in Belgium. They came back to CA and their family began to grow. After the first two sons were born, they decided to move to Belgium to be near Roel's family. After three years, they moved back to the U.S., landing in Oregon for Roel's job opportunity. Roel is a design consultant, speaking three languages and he gets the opportunity to work with many world leaders. Their last son was born in Oregon in 2011 and they lived in Forest Park. After visiting a July 4th celebration in Corbett, they decided they wanted to live in a community where people knew their neighbors and took care of each other. They purchased a Corbett home in 2013 and fully embraced the Corbett lifestyle. Callie has been a copy editor and writer since 2004, doing freelance work. She recently wrote her first workbook, a grounding meditation workbook created for people who are victims of trauma or who are highly sensitive people. She also makes plant medicine, using native and medicinal plants. She grows many of her own plants. In 2016, Callie was hired as a Classified Substitute for MESD. She works for the Corbett District, wherever there is a need, working at all four Corbett Schools. Callie is grateful that her sons are able to attend the Corbett Schools and she enjoys doing whatever is needed in the office, classrooms, cafeteria or playground when called in to cover for a regular employee. Callie and her family have plans to live in Corbett for many years to come!

Monday, October 23, 2017

Bringing her Energy BACK to Corbett!

Maggie Young is BAAAACK! She was born in Portland, but grew up in Troutdale. She has a brother who is 12 years older and a sister that is ten years older. Since birth, her family lived in the Sweetbriar neighborhood of Troutdale. When Maggie was eight, they moved just eight homes down the street to a larger home in the same Sweetbriar neighborhood! As a child, Maggie describes herself as being very outgoing and energetic, always playing outdoors and playing make-believe. She says she has always had a very creative mind. When Maggie was five, she started playing softball and then began playing volleyball in second grade. Maggie's father was the Corbett High School softball coach, and really liked the school. He wanted Maggie to transfer to the Corbett School District. It was an easy transition because she was already friends with several Corbett girls through her involvement with them on the Mt. Hood Volleyball Club Team. Maggie played both volleyball and softball all through middle and high school. In softball, she won "Player of the Year" her Senior year as well as All-League and All-State both her Junior and Senior years! In volleyball, she won 2nd Team All-League her Sophomore year and Honorable Mention All-State her Junior year. After high school graduation, she attended Mt. Hood Community College for one year and also worked at Tad's Chicken and Dumplin's. She then moved to Eugene and worked at a restaurant for a year. Maggie decided to  move back to Portland and attend Portland State Univ. for a year and work at a Montessori Pre-School. This was followed by a year of being a nanny full-time in Portland. Maggie then moved to Casper, Wyoming to become a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). After her time in Wyoming, she moved back to Troutdale and lived with her parents for a short time. She began work at a pediatric clinic in Gresham for 2 years. Maggie met her husband David when she was 14 years old through a friend. They began dating when she was 20 years old and when back from Wyoming, they eventually married. They currently have a five year old foster son. She loves exposing him to a variety of experiences. After getting married, Maggie began coaching volleyball at Corbett Middle School and also at Mt. Hood Volleyball Club. She then decided to to apply for a job at Corbett Schools in 2017 and was hired as a Paraeducator in Special Education. As a family, David and Maggie enjoy camping and doing things together outdoors. They are currently looking to purchase a home.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Paying it Forward

Born in Seattle, Wash., Holly McBride was adopted at birth. Holly's two sisters and brother were also adopted and raised in Pasco, Wash. Holly lived in Pasco her entire childhood and she was very shy as a child. In grade school she was tested for dyslexia and ended up being tutored as a result. Both her parents and teachers gave her support that she needed to succeed. This is one of the main reasons she now is paying it forward by helping other children in a school setting. As a youth, Holly was very involved with her church's youth group, drill team, volleyball, dance and drama. Her parents kept all of their kids social and active. Upon high school graduation, Holly attended the Univ. of Idaho for two years. She joined a sorority and that is what ended her shyness and brought her out of her shell. College advisers encouraged her to become a teacher, but she had no interest at the time, so she left the University. Holly began attending Bassist Institute in Portland to study textile and design, wanting to become a buyer. Holly met her husband David at church and she ended up quitting Bassist and transferred to Central Wash. Univ. and earned her degree in Consumer and Family Relations. Holly and David married just before her graduation and once she finished, they started their family. Patrick was born in 1983 and Matthew arrived in 1985. Holly was a stay-at-home mom until Patrick started kindergarten. Holly did in-home daycare. When Patrick was in 2nd grade, the family moved to Corbett. They wanted to live in the country, so they purchased 14 acres and then built their home with the trees on site. In the beginning phase, they lived in a tent from June until October, then moved into the barn. From there, they then moved into a single wide trailer until their home was ready to move in. Because they paid for the home as they built, the process took 12 years. During the boy's growing up years, Holly worked as a house cleaner, math tutor, and also as a home economics teacher at Portland Christian School. When that position was discontinued, Holly applied at Outdoor School as a cook. She loved it! Her next job was at Sam Barlow High, helping college bound students. In 2014, she applied at Corbett and was hired as both an aide and a school bus driver. She does both, making it a full-time position. Holly and David are still living in their home on Trout Creek Road. Her oldest son is an electrician, living in Hood River, working at the new Google plant. He served three tours in Iraq. The youngest son served five years in the Navy and is living in Baker City with his wife and four children.  Holly says she is happy working at Corbett, building relationships with the kids and seeing their "ah ha" moments when things come together for them with the learning process!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Bringing her Sparkle and Talent as Corbett's Music Teacher

Caroline Oakley was born in Upper New York State, near Buffalo. At age three, her family moved to Charleston, South Carolina. Her parents had three children, giving Caroline an older brother and a younger sister. Recently they celebrated 50 years of marriage! Her mother is English, so her parents spend summers in Europe and the rest of the year in South Carolina. Caroline says she started off shy as a child but became more outgoing as time passed. She played classical violin from the age of six until she was eleven. She then took a ten year break from music. Over the years she loved to dance, but had no formal training, ran track, played basketball, soccer and swam on swim team. Her father was a long distance runner and she ran often with him. To earn money during high school, Caroline worked at a neighbor's jewelry store. After graduation, she headed off to Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. While there, she saw a book on a coffee table with photos of Oregon. She was fascinated. She worked two summers at a Girl Scout camp in Florence, Oregon. After graduating with a degree in Anthropology, she worked for Girl's Inc., a program to empower low-income girls. Four years after graduation, Caroline biked solo from Denver to Portland. She tent camped the entire way and brought a fiddle to play each night. During the two month journey, she stopped to see and visit with friends that she had met at music festivals while in her 20's. A boyfriend from a bluegrass family had inspired her to play the fiddle at age 21. At age 25 she taught herself to play the guitar. When Caroline finished her bike trip in Portland, she got a job at the YWCA for five years. Caroline met Pete in 2000 while playing music. They married in 2002, moved to Portland and had three boys- Simon, Gus and Benjamin.  Caroline stayed at home for four years. When Gus was a year old, she started teaching a parent/toddler music program. She did this for ten years. She also has spent a decade teaching as an Artist-in-Residence in tri-county schools. Pete and Caroline moved the family to Corbett in June 2013.They have since separated and are raising the boys together. In 2016, Caroline earned her Master's degree in Elementary Education. She currently teaches music at Corbett Grade/Middle School and CAPS. She is also on the board at Corbett's Columbia Grange and organizes many of the dances held there. Caroline is well-known nationally as a community square dance caller and calls dances locally and at music festivals around the country.  She also works for several NW organizations that promote old-time fiddle music and community dancing. Caroline loves music, writing letters and physical activity. She is thankful to raise her boys in Corbett and teach what she is passionate about at the local school!