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From 2000 to 2009

    • 10/14/2016

      Matt Biondi MAT ’00 appeared on the radio show Sports Byline USA to share where his life has taken him since his time as an Olympic swimmer and motivational speaker. He now teaches middle and high school students at a small private school in Hawai’i.

  • Curtis D. Bronson MA ’00, November 6, 2015, age 44. Bronson earned a PhD in psychology from the University of New Mexico. After his residency in Bowling Green, Ohio, he practiced in Bloomington, Indiana. Survivors include spouse Adrian and parents William and Donna.

    • 10/14/2016

      Don Grotting, who completed the Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling’s Standard Superintendent Licensure Program in 2000, was named the new superintendent for the Beaverton (Oregon) School District. Grotting was previously superintendent of the David Douglas School District in eastern Portland.

    • 02/15/2017

      Larry Zurcher MAT ’00, who has taught in the Lake Oswego (Oregon) School District since 1990, was featured in a story in the Lake Oswego Review. Zurcher has been placed in charge of preparing the district’s teachers to use new technologies and approaches to educating students in STEM fields.

    • 10/14/2016

      Jennifer Cerasin MAT ’01 is an art instructor at Inza R. Wood Middle School in Wilsonville, Oregon. She was the winner of the 2016 Oregon Middle Level Art Educator of the Year Award.

    • 04/04/2017

      Wade Lockett MAT ’01, previously vice principal and athletic director at Sandy (Oregon) High School, is now vice principal and athletic director at Silverton (Oregon) High School. He was also recognized by the Oregon Athletic Directors Association as the 2016 5A Athletic Director of the Year.

    • 10/14/2016

      Sara McCarney MAT ’01 is the new principal at Stafford Primary School in the West Linn–Wilsonville (Oregon) School District.

    • 02/01/2018

      Ursula Wolfe-Rocca MAT ’01, a high school teacher in Lake Oswego, Oregon, was featured in an article in the Atlantic regarding how we teach our young people about slavery in history courses. She discussed common misconceptions she encounters in her students.

    • 02/15/2017

      Carly Henderson BA ’95, MA ’02 has worked in the counseling psychology field since 2002, first overseas in Tanzania, the Czech Republic, and Italy, and then returning to Portland in 2008. She owns MindWise Therapy in Southeast Portland and enjoys working as a child and family therapist. She lives close to her extended family in Northeast Portland, with 6-year-old daughter Lily, husband Ben, and some critters.

    • 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.

    • The Ones Who Believed: True Inspirational Stories Honoring Everyday People Who Took a Chance, Shaped a Life, and Made a Difference

      Mary Lou Kayser MAT ’02 coauthors this collection of stories that showcases the significant role others believing in us plays in shaping the direction we take our lives and who we become. Included are discussion questions and templates designed to spark conversations, facilitate positive change, and strengthen communities.

      Posted 05/15/2017
    • 10/14/2016

      Jennie Knapp MAT ’02, who joined the Beaverton (Oregon) School District in 2002, has moved to the Lake Oswego (Oregon) School District to serve as assistant principal for Lakeridge Junior High.

    • 10/14/2016

      Ken Richardson MEd ’02, most recently deputy superintendent of the David Douglas School District, is now superintendent.

    • 09/28/2017

      Thu Truong BA ’02, MAT ’03 is the new principal at Ron Russell Middle School in Portland.

    • 10/14/2016

      Cathy Harris Fall MAT ’03, after working in the Crook County School District since 1992, made the decision to strike out on her own by opening Smaller Scholars, a licensed preschool and daycare, in Prineville, Oregon, where she also lives.

    • 02/15/2017

      Shannon Dery MAT ’04 is following in the footsteps of the late James Erickson, a well-known local drama teacher, by reviving the once-legendary Beaverton (Oregon) High School theatre program.

    • Glass Harvest

      Amie Whittemore MAT ’04 explored issues of grief, family relationships, marriage, divorce, sexuality, and gender identity—along with how these experiences intersect with landscape—in her new poetry collection.

      Posted 01/23/2017
    • 02/15/2017

      Allison Cassie MAT ’05 is a senior recruitment manager for Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming. She will be heading up the recruitment process across both states, as well as maintaining oversight and support of staff as they educate communities about Girl Scouts.

    • 10/14/2016

      Karen McClelland MAT ’05 opened a housewares and lifestyle products boutique called Mantel, in North Portland. Inspired, in part, by her past decade as a ceramics teacher in the Portland area, McClelland curates a selection of ceramics for sale, alongside handmade soaps, body oils, chocolates, and other local products.

    • 10/14/2016

      Emily Ferguson MAT ’06, a teacher of seventh- and eighth-grade language arts at Winterhaven School in Portland, was named OnPoint Community Credit Union’s K–8 Educator of the Year. As part of the award, Winterhaven School will receive $2,500 for supplies and other resources.

    • 02/15/2017

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

    • 02/15/2017

      Valerie Bundy MA ’09 was appointed executive director of the Tillamook County Women’s Resource Center. Bundy previously served on the board for the Washington County Housing and Supportive Services Network, as well as on the executive committee for the Tri-County Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence Intervention Council.

  • Deirdre L. Mackey MA ’09, December 25, 2017, age 48. Mackey worked as a project manager for the American Federation of Teachers in Oregon, and she volunteered with the grassroots organization Respond to Racism. Survivors include her siblings, Elizabeth and Jasper.