Principal, Mr. Ken Gilbert
I was born in Laconia, New Hampshire where I lived for the first eight years of my life. After that I moved to Oregon and went to a few schools in the Eugene/Springfield area before my family settled in Halsey. I graduated from Central Linn High School in 1989 and decided I was tired of school. I took a few classes at Lane Community College before deciding two years later what I really wanted to do. I went into the field of education and loved it. I transferred to O.S.U where I received by B.S. in Liberal Studies. After that, I went to Willamette University where I received my Masters in Teaching degree. I did my student teaching at Memorial for one year with Bill Kinkley in a 7th grade math class. At the end of the year, I applied for and received a classified position helping out the summer school program. During the program I applied for and received a teaching position with MMS. The first three years here I taught blocks of math and science to eighth graders. For the last six years I taught mainly math to 7th and 8th graders. In 2006 I finished my classes to receive my Administrators Certificate from the University of Oregon.
I have a wife named Tami and two boys named Kyle and Kaleb. I also have an old mutt named T-Bone and a younger one named Missy along with two cats named Rose and Boston. I enjoy spending time with my family riding quads, throwing horseshoes in tournaments, and camping. I’m a Beaver Believer along with rooting for the Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics, and Miami Dolphins.
Assistant Principal, Mr. Scott Jantzi
I grew up on a grass seed farm in Plainview, Oregon, and graduated from Lebanon High School. For my first two years of college I went to a junior college in Kansas (Hesston College), and then spent a year on an exchange program to Germany. Next, I spent a year working in a plywood mill and saving up to finish my undergraduate studies at Goshen College in Indiana where I majored in English and Secondary Education. I began my teaching career in Indiana, and then moved back to Oregon where I completed my Master’s Degree in Education from Oregon State University (Go Beavs!).
Back in Oregon, I also met my future wife, and upon graduation from OSU, we moved to Puerto Rico to work at a school in rural Aibonito, Puerto Rico. After two years in Puerto Rico (and the birth of our first daughter), we moved to Harrisonburg, Virginia, where I taught at Eastern Mennonite University, and we welcomed a second daughter into our family. After five years in Virginia, we were invited to become the Guatemala directors for an international relief and development agency (Mennonite Central Committee), so we packed up our young children and moved to Guatemala City in 1998. In Guatemala, we welcomed a third daughter into our family, and after four years in Central America, we moved to Salem in 2002.
For the past fourteen years I have worked for the Salem-Keizer School District as a high school teacher and then as a Curriculum Specialist for middle and high schools supporting English Language Development, World Language, and Dual Language teachers and administrators
During my free time I like spending time outdoors with my wife and three daughters and enjoy watching OSU and Trailblazer games. My principal hobby, however, is fishing, and I love to spend time on Oregon rivers and on the ocean chasing salmon and steelhead.
I am very much looking forward to the coming school year and the chance for me to get to know your students, and I know of no other profession that is as fulfilling (and at times challenging!) as the field of education. One of my favorite quotes is from Christa Mcauliffe, who was a teacher selected to be an astronaut on the Challenger mission. This is the way she put it: “I touch the future … I teach.”
|LeAnn McAnulty||Office Manager|
|Cindy Mills||Clerical Specialist II|
|Katie Louk||7th Grade/AVID|
|Stevie Anderson||6th & 8th Grade|
|Lorinda Duncanson||Social Communication Center|
|Scott Johnston||Language Arts|
|Brittany Ketter||Language Arts|
|Mallory Marquet||Language Arts|
|Joseph Meekins||Social Studies|
|Kourtney Shreve||Foundational Learning|
|Suzanne Smith||Language Arts|
|Kilee Sowa||Dean of Students/Language Arts||Website|
|Jana Swearingen||Social Studies|
|Connie Whipple-Mills||Social Studies|
|Sergio Cano Soto|
|James Cordle||Head Custodian|
|Debbi Bryant||Kitchen Manager|
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