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New staff in the St. Helens School District - Teachers at McBride, Lewis and Clark, Middle School, High School

Numerous new faces will grace the halls of different buildings in the St. Helens School District. Below are profiles of the new staff in the district.

Jark

Brian Jark

AKA: Mr. Jark

Job: PE teacher

Schools: Columbia City Elementary and St. Helens Middle School

Hometown: Aberdeen, South Dakota

Previous work experience: Elementary PE teacher in Aberdeen, S.D., and Banks

What are some of the hopes and goals for your new position in the school district?

My goal as a PE teacher is to help students enjoy being active and encourage them to live a healthy lifestyle.

What are you looking forward to most about this year?

The reopening of Columbia City Elementary School. It will be neat to be a part of what will really be a completely new school.

Hall

Linda Hall

AKA: Mrs. Hall

Job: Interim principal

School: St. Helens Middle School

Hometown: Hillsboro

Previous work experience: 21 years in the classroom: 11 years as a middle school administrator, most recently at Cedar Park Middle School in Beaverton

What are some of the hopes and goals for your new position in the school district?

My number one goal is to support teachers as they continue their professional collaborative work to provide the best education for St. Helens Middle School kids. I look forward to getting to know our students and families and working side-by-side with them to enhance their education.

What are you looking forward to most about this year?

Actively participating in the energy and the fun of middle school. Middle school students are creative, critical thinkers, and they make me smile. I'm looking forward to a very exciting and rewarding year!

Carlile

Jim Carlile

AKA: Mr. Carlile

Job: Interim principal

School: St. Helens High School

Hometown: Beaverton

Previous work experience: Many years as school superintendent; Portland State University instructor and school principal

What are some of the hopes and goals for your new position in the school district?

Support ongoing efforts to prepare students for the world of work and/or successful college prep for a career.

What are you looking forward to most about this year?

Supporting on going improvement efforts at St. Helens high school designed to prepare students for their futures and being a role model for students.

Yarnell

Emily Yarnell

AKA: Mrs. Yarnell

Job: Kindergarten through third grade

School: Lewis and Clark Elementary School

Hometown: Beaverton

Previous work experience: Instructional Assistant at Lewis and Clark

What are some of the hopes and goals for your new position in the school district?

To build positive relationships with my students and make them feel like my classroom is a safe and fun place to learn and grow!

What are you looking forward to most about this year?

Meeting my new students.

Giboney

Bryce Giboney

AKA: Mr. Giboney or Mr. G

Job: Special education teacher

School: St. Helens Middle School

Hometown: West Linn

Previous work experience: First year teaching in a classroom; experience with summer camps ranging in age and needs for eight years

What are some of the hopes and goals for your new position in the school district?

A goal of mine is to create a welcoming and safe environment for all students that I have direct or indirect contact with at St. Helens Middle School. I hope that all students will come to learn that I am here for their success and here to help them become the best version of themselves.

What are you looking forward to most about this year?

I'm looking forward to discovering the community that is St. Helens as a whole. In my short time here, everyone has been so helpful and welcoming to me and I can't wait to learn more about this great place.

Peterson

Alex Peterson

AKA: Mr. Peterson

Job: Second grade teacher

School: McBride Elementary School

Hometown: Jacksonville, Fla., and Madison, Wis.

Previous work experience: kindergarten teacher at North Gresham Elementary School

What are some of the hopes and goals for your new position in the school district?

For my new position here at St. Helens I hope to gain a deep understanding of the community, its people and history, so that I can be a better teacher for its kids. I also, coincidentally, would like to be a great teacher to its kids.

What are you looking forward to most about this year?

The thing I'm most looking forward to for the new school year is getting to learn about the individual personalities, interests and talents of my incoming class.

Vanderschuere

Jennifer Vanderschurere

AKA: Mrs. Vanderschuere

Job: Principal

School: Columbia City Elementary School

Hometown: San Francisco

Previous work experience: 27 years in education; kindergarten and first grade teacher with Portland Public Schools; literacy coach, student supervisor and third grade teacher in Beaverton

What are some of the hopes and goals for your new position in the school district?

I am looking forward to hosting principal chats, open houses and more. I am excited to meet everyone and to begin to build a strong community of learners. I am also going to be looking for volunteers and experts in the community to help us with this great task.

What are you looking forward to most about this year?

Everything! I was welcomed and felt at home when I first walked into the district office. There is a strong sense of pride and a deep commitment to assuring that all St. Helens and Columbia City students are equipped with the skills to be successful and contributing community members. I feel that my philosophy of education is in prefect alignment with St. Helens School District.

Other new staff in the district: Owen McCartney , McBride Elementary School; Brad Adams, Columbia County Education Campus

EDITOR'S NOTE: Responses have been edited for length; lists of new staff were provided to the Spotlight in early August and may not reflect all new hires.

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