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    • 06/28/2018

      Sunny Jonas MAT ’02 is the new assistant principal of Congress Park School and Ogden Avenue School in Illinois. Jonas has worked in Chicago Public Schools for three years now, and has been well-recognized in her field with awards and fellowships, such as the Socioeconomic Inequality Fellowship with the University of Chicago for 2018-19. She was also a recipient of the Yale RULER social-emotional learning grant and the Northern Illinois University’s Project DREAMS Fellowship.

    • A View From the Porch—Observations About Life From a Baby Boomer

      Ray Smythe MAT ’75 wrote and published A View From the Porch (CreateSpace, 2017), a collection of short compositions, observations, and reactions to the world today. The book is intended to instill positivity and help readers to find meaning and clarity in life.

      Posted 09/25/2017
    • Creative Teaching: A Guide to Success in the Classroom

      Ray Matlock Smythe MAT ’75 compiled a book full of ideas for teachers at all grade levels. It includes successful strategies, hints, and tips to use in their classrooms all year long.

      Posted 01/23/2017
  • Neva C. Neff BA ’67, MAT ’75, April 16, 2018, age 89. After graduation, Neff taught in the Reedville and Newberg (Oregon) school districts for 24 years. She is remembered fondly by her many students. Survivors include husband Jack; sons Gregory, David, and Timothy; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

    • 02/15/2017

      Paul Andrews EdD ’09 was promoted to superintendent of the High Desert Education Service District in Redmond, Oregon.

    • American Sign Language as a Bridge to English: A Handbook for HEARING Teachers of HEARING Students

      Vicky Allen MEd ’73 offers a handbook of more than 250 signs to be used in the classroom, each with a simple illustration and description. Her unique approach teaches students the handshapes of American Sign Language before they learn the ABCs.

      Posted 10/30/2017
    • 10/14/2016

      Matt Anderson MA ’99, a pediatric dentist, has returned with his family to Oregon from San Diego to work at Bluefish Dental.

    • 04/25/2018

      Jason Rodgers BA ’98, MAT ’99 was just awarded the Eugene Kaza Music Educator of the Year Award by the Portland Youth Philharmonic. The award celebrates music teachers who “go above and beyond to inspire, educate, and instill excellence” in their students. Rodgers lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon, with his wife, Jessica Youngman BA ’98, and their 13-year-old daughter, Lily. When he’s not teaching, he builds custom electric guitars under the moniker Jayemar Guitars. He exhibited several guitars at the Vancouver International Guitar Festival in Vancouver, B.C., over the summer. 

    • 04/20/2018

      Ron Podmore MAT ’92, an educator and writer in Washington, penned a piece for the Seattle Times titled, “Honor disabilities-rights pioneers by shattering more glass ceilings.” The article draws attention to the growing number of people with disabilities who are overcoming bias and taking jobs in high places as well as the legacy of activism that made it possible.

    • 06/28/2018

      Cliff Johannsen BS ’71, MEd ’74 married Linda Newman BA ’71, JD ’90 in 1971, and they were together until Linda died in 2008. This marriage produced two daughters, Brynne and Amelia, and two grandchildren. Since 2011, he has been in a domestic partnership with Elizabeth Toness, whom he plans to marry in 2019. After earning a master’s degree in counseling, Johannsen worked as a group and marriage and family therapist. After earning his doctorate in psychology in 1982, he worked in two forensic hospitals and a community mental health program. Over the years, he has worked as a hospital administrator and a clinical director of wilderness therapy and substance abuse programs. Johannsen has been active in his field’s leadership at the state and national levels since 1989 and has been in private practice since 1995. He occasionally moonlights as a whitewater rafting guide. Although the Rogue is his home river, his favorite rivers to run have been the Middle Fork of the Idaho Salmon and the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. In addition, Johannsen builds and races vintage SAAB automobiles. He also enjoys travel and has visited various locations in North America, Ireland, Scotland, England, Holland, France, Spain, Italy, and Korea. At the time of this writing, he was looking forward to the reunion of the 1968-69 L&C overseas study program to Austria.