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Meet new staff joining the Scappoose School District this year


SCAPPOOSE HIGH SCHOOL

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Sara Ascari

(“Profe”)

Hometown: Minnesota

Previous work experience: I have taught Spanish at the High School level for five years now. I have also interpreted at hospitals and schools.

What are some of the hopes and goals for your new position in the school district? I hope to share my passion for the Spanish language and culture with students.

What are you looking forward to most aboutthis year? I am excited to get to know students, faculty and the community in Scappoose!

DemeauxGregory Demeaux

(“Mr. D”)

Hometown: San Diego, CA

Previous work experence: one year Grant High School, five years Aloha High School, nine years substitute

What are some of the hopes and goals for your new position in the school district? I hope to improve my students’ writing and help them have a strong voice and be critical thinkers.

What are you looking forward to most about this year? Getting to know my students, their families, and my fellow co-workers, so we can work together to have a great year.

So Ann So

(“Mrs. So”)

Hometown: Hillsboro

Previous work experience: Concordia University

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

The greatest part of being a teacher is watching others succeed, and that is why I am here — to help students succeed and be as prepared as possible for their futures.

What are you looking forward to most about this year?

I can’t wait to get to know my students and my fellow SHS colleagues, to discover the world through what we study with my students, and have fun along the way!

SCAPPOOSE MIDDLE SCHOOL

YelvingtonCari Yelvington

(“Ms. Yelvington”)

Hometown: Scappoose

Previous work experience: Substitute teacher in Scappoose School District, youth sports coach, classroom volunteer

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

This year I hope to inspire my students to challenge themselves academically. My goal is to be a reflective practitioner, and do my best to actively engage all my students.

What are you looking forward to most about this year? What I look forward to the most this year is being part of the growth and success of all my students. I am excited to meet my students, and look forward to finding engaging ways to connect our classroom content to the real world experiences of their lives.

OTTO PETERSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

MayJerad May

(“Mr. May”)

Hometown: Gladstone

Previous work experience: Student taught at Sauvie Island Academy and Sitton Elementary in St. Johns, Portland

What are some of the hopes and goals for your new position in the school district? Professionally, I hope to do what I can to become a better teacher by working creatively with parents and teachers to help my students reach their fullest potential. It is further my goal that every day when I leave my classroom I will be leaving knowing that I have done everything I could to become a better teacher, learner and overall person.

What are you looking forward to most about this year? Personally, I am really looking forward to becoming more a part of this wonderful community. During one of our district trainings, we were all shuffled onto a bus and were able to meet several people in town including business owners, police officers, firemen and even the mayor. There are such wonderful people here and I am thrilled to have been asked to become a part of this special

place!

RilattMary Rilatt

(“Ms. Rilatt”)

Hometown: Portland

Previous work experience: North Clackamas School District

What are some of the hopes and goals for your new position in the school district? My goal is to create a positive relationship with all of my students and that my students always remember that they are somebody. My hope is that I can teach my students that learning happens both in and out of the classroom and that they can use the things they learn in the classroom to learn more outside of the classroom setting and vice versa. I also hope that I can teach my students to always want to learn more and that they continue to ask, “why?”

What are you looking forward to most about this year? I am looking forward to building relationships with my fellow staff, students, and the families in my school community. Teaching is a team effort and I believe that all of these people are that team and if we all work together and create a positive relationship the students will achieve so much more. I am also looking forward to learning from my students as well as teaching them.

GRANT WATTS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Cole
Amy Cole

(“Coach Cole”)

Hometown: Livonia, NY; Phoenix, AZ

Previous work experience: Administrator for the Tempe Elementary School District #3, eight years teaching.

What are some of the hopes and goals for your new position in the school district? I want my physical education classes at Grant Watts to be fun and exciting this school year.

My favorite sport is basketball (I played basketball at Ithaca College). I want to start a “Dynamic Dribbling” club for third grade kids at Grant Watts. They will learn ball handling skills and be able to showcase what they learn at MS or HS games — I hope!

What are you looking forward to most about this year? I am so excited to be working in the Scappoose community for two reasons: 1. Everyone is so nice and friendly and, 2. for the community’s love of sports and athletics.

PorterKeely Porter [Nudo]

(“Mrs. Nudo”)

Hometown: Pleasant Hill

Previous work experience: Woodburn at Lincoln Elementary, Tigard-Tualatin, The Children’s Course/The First Tee of Greater Portland

What are some of the hopes and goals for your new position in the school district? I am so excited to be returning to the classroom and particularly to kindergarten. I love teaching children who have such a thirst for learning. My greatest hope for my year is that in June my students don’t want to leave — they just want to keep on learning! And, while that is happening, I hope to be empowering my class to become confident, engaged learners who feel supported both intellectually and socially/emotionally. My goal is to help every one of my students to reach their fullest potential!

What are you looking forward to most about this year? I can’t wait for the kiddos to get here! I have been working all summer on getting my classroom ready and figuring out what I am going to teach and how I am going to teach it — now I just need all those little people with their open minds and enthusiasm to come and learn how to love to learn!

SchrotzbergerHattie Schrotzberger

(“Mrs. Schrotzberger” or “Mrs. S”)

Hometown: Scappoose

Previous work experience: preschool teacher

What are some of the hopes and goals for your new position in the school district? My goal is to develop and present comprehensible and engaging lesson plans that facilitate all different learning styles. I also plan to build and maintain strong and personable relationships with fellow staff members, families and students.

What are you looking forward to most about this year? I am looking forward to my first class of first graders. I am excited to watch each of them grow academically as well as personally. I am also excited to have a few of my previous preschoolers in my class.

WARREN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

RankenMeme Ranken

(“Miss Ranken”)

Hometown: Redding, CA

Previous work experience: University of Portland MAT Student and Graduate Mentor/Facilitator, Student Teacher at Salish Ponds, Fairview, Fisher Investments CAC

What are some of the hopes and goals for your new position in the school district? I am honored to be teaching first grade for the Scappoose School District, and I hope to be an excellent teacher, a wonderful role model and a positive influence in my students’ lives. I’d like to complete a special education credential so that I can teach learning handicapped children, and twenty years from now I hope a former student of mine will tell me that I made a difference in his/her life.

What are you looking forward to most about this year? I am looking forward to getting to know my students, bringing out the best in each and every one, and sharing my love of learning with them. I am also very excited about finally having a classroom of my very own!

SAUVIE ISLAND ACADEMY

LichtingerCorbin Lichtinger

(“Mr. Corbin” or “Corbin”)

Hometown: Madison, Ohio

Previous work experience: Organic farmer in Pennsylvania, chef and food educator in Maine.

What are some of the hopes and goals for your new position in the school district? I’m really excited to look at everything we do as learners and educators in our classrooms and community through an equity lens. I’m also excited to help grow the garden and food education component of our place-based focus on the island!

What are you looking forward to most about this year? Meeting and getting to know the amazing first graders that will be walking through our classroom door very soon!

PriceWesley Price

(“Wes”)

Hometown: Olympia, WA

Previous work experience: After-school music programs in Portland Public Schools through Musikhaus, teaching classes at the Cathedral Park Performing Arts Collective in St. Johns, teaching guitar and piano privately and through Eliason Music in Multnomah Village.

What are some of the hopes and goals for your new position in the school district? I’d love to grow as an instructor; working with such a broad age range in a classroom setting will be somewhat new, and I can’t wait to see how different student groups respond to the music we encounter. I’d love to help my new students grow as musicians, passing along my passion for the discipline and my joy and wonder at just how prevalent music is in our daily lives. 

What are you looking forward to most about this year? In no particular order, I’m excited by: the moment right before going onstage for our first recital; the moment when students master a challenging part for the first time; the moment when students realize music is collaborative and fluid, when they understand that they can bring their own ideas to the table and tangibly influence the sound of our amazing final product.

SchlitzShanna Schlitz

(“Ms. Shanna”)

Hometown: Pontiac, MI; St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

Previous work: Graphic Designer, Farmer, 4H leader, archery instructor

What are some of the hopes and goals for your new position in the school district? I look forward to continuing the wonderful library and technology traditions here at Sauvie Island! I hope to encourage and support the love of reading and act as a resource for our students, staff, and community.

What are you looking forward to most about this year? Getting to know the students and staff better!

VaughnDestinee Vaughn

(“Ms. Vaughn”)

Hometown: Casper, WY

Previous work experience: Crossfit kids coach

What are some of the hopes and goals for your new position in the school district? I hope to inspire students to be the best they can be and work as hard as they can in all areas of life. I also hope to make a positive difference in the lives of those around me.

What are you looking forward to most about this year? I am looking forward to learning new things from my coworkers and students!

OTHER NEW STAFF IN THE DISTRICT INCLUDE:

? Jen Stearns, a special education teacher and literacy coordinator for Fowler Middle School in the Tigard-Tualatin School District, will now serve at the principal of Grant Watts Elementary School

? Amanda Engler, Maria Hafez, Megan Malone, Jessica Claverie, Whitney Scott, Nathan Emerson, Chris Johnson and Christie Sprute.

Editor’s note: Surveys have been edited for length and clarification.

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