Just For Fun
Babies Babies Babies!
The Graduate School of Education family exhibits a little more feminine charm these days, thanks to the birth of daughters to GSE faculty and staff.
- Laurel Jean Rudig was born June 9th to Professor Alisa Bates and husband Jim Rudig.
- Cali Ann Miller entered the world and her life with parents Administrative Assistant Lindsay Miller and husband Jeremy, on June 4th.
- Asa Anne Gray is the daughter of Placement Coordinator Allison Gray and Ron Gray, born October 6th.
Professor Hamlin's Great Danes in Disney Spotlight
After a rewarding week mentoring the next generation of great teachers and soothing frayed nerves over the next work sample, Dr. Karen Hamlin thrives on developing potential greatness in her other special friends. Her weekends often include showing great danes at shows around the Northwest. Below she is having a playful moment with Spirit, one of the two great danes that were Marmaduke in the recent Disney movie.
Other News from MAT Grads
Heather Hamilton (MAT 2002)
I've been with the Willamette ESD for over 6 years, teaching in Youth Corrections. I love it here and have definitely found my teaching niche! I worked at Hillcrest Youth Correctional Facility in Salem for 9 months before being transferred to MacLaren due to budget cuts in 2005. I've taught multiple subjects to Parole Violators and Program Failures. I now teach English/Language Arts (mainly Writing and Literature courses) at this all-male youth correctional facility (14-25 years old, although my students typically range in age from 14-22). I have survived numerous budget-cut scares, including another round on our horizon.
I went back to Corban University last year to earn my secondary endorsements and am now Highly Qualified to teach Pre-school through 12th grade, L.A./English in middle and high school, multiple subjects in Pre-K through elementary. I'm very involved in my school, and have stepped up to perform many extra duties, including Site Council Chair and Recorder, Safety Committee Secretary, Co-Creator of Advisory Lesson Plans, Sunshine Fund Chair, School Improvement Plan, and Professional Learning Communities. I hope my students realize that an education can never be taken away from them and that knowledge is power, which will help them be successful, legal, positive members of society.
C. Sue Allan (MAT 2002)
I'm still teaching general music and choir at Englewood Elementary School in Salem. (We just had our 100th anniversary celebration.) This is my ninth year there, and I also teach band three days a week at Parrish Middle School. I'm getting married in February!
John Penewit (MAT 2010)
I found a job right before graduating from Willamette's GSE working in California at a private Christian school. I now work in Lakewood, CA teaching 6th, 7th and 8th grade Bible. The kids and staff are awesome and I love what I'm doing. Getting here was crazy, however, as I flew down to California, drove up to Oregon and then back to California with my things. Along the way the car blew a tire and then the battery died on I-5, which was one of the more trying moments of the ordeal. I made it safely though and am now soaking up the wonderful California sun (It was all worth it, just to be able to say that)!