Teachers say goodbye

Above: Ms. Bryan. Right, from top down: Teachers Barstow, Devenney, and Schroeder.

Josh Barstow

How long have you been at La Salle and what have you taught here?

I have taught World History, Economics, Government, US History, and Contemporary World Affairs. 

What do you plan to do after you leave La Salle?

For the next couple of years, I will be working on developing land in the Columbia Gorge that has been in my family since the 1880s with the goal of having a vacation house and a smaller cabin, both of which I plan on renting on Airbnb. Once those projects are done I will most likely return to teaching.

What have you learned at La Salle?

Too many things to list, but I would say that the most significant things I have learned here came from attending Journey for the last 10 years.  I don’t want to give away too many spoilers, but I will say that I learned that there is always more to everyone’s story and all of us are loved by a bigger and broader network of people than we probably realize.

I also do my best to try to “live the fourth” in my day-to-day life and to actually see the people I interact with.   

What will you miss about La Salle?

In the classroom, I will miss those moments where students are on the edge of their seats, deep in thought, fully engaged in what we are learning.  I love those moments; they feel almost Zen-like …where we are all at the moment and Snapchat, video games, all our self-centered inner thoughts, etc., are forgotten and students see real value in what we are doing.

Do you have any particular memories or thoughts to share?

I will really miss attending Journey, it’s a highlight of my year…I will miss my colleagues and all the friendships I have formed over the last 10 years.” 

 

Barb Bryan

How long have you been at La Salle and what have you taught here?

 I started my "career" at La Salle as a parent when (my sons) Dave and Greg were freshmen, which was the fall of 2013. I started substitute teaching after I had a conversation in the hallway with Carie Coleman, who let me know I could teach at La Salle with a PhD and college teaching experience without getting an education endorsement.

I started teaching full-time last spring after Spring Break when La Salle was in need of a physics teacher on short notice. I continued teaching chemistry (my subject) part-time this fall when Amanda Schieber went on maternity leave.

What do you plan to do after you leave La Salle?

I plan to be back next year both substituting, primarily for the science department, and to see how the drama productions and sporting events are going!

What have you learned at La Salle?

I have learned so much about how La Salle's teaching technologies (such as Power School and Schoology) work, which will be very helpful when I go back to substituting.

I've also gained a greater appreciation of the nature of teaching high school -- there is so much more involved than teaching college! I feel in debt to Matt Owen, Kyle Voge and everyone in the counseling office.

Do you have any particular memories or thoughts to share?

My favorite memories are the times I had a chance to work with the students one-on-one or in small groups instead of lecturing. I also loved going to my students' sporting events and drama productions, particularly seeing Olivia Cooley transform herself from a stagehand into an overwhelmed and out-of-control stepmom on stage.

What will you miss about La Salle?

will miss seeing so much of my students and my colleagues.

 

Mike Devenney

I was with La Salle for 12 plus years, where I taught Health I and Health II. I coached Girls’ Tennis for 11 years. As the only Health II teacher, I was the only teacher to have every four years student in the school as a student in my class.

Tennis: We ran a no-cut program that had at times 50+ players. We won 6 district championships and had four undefeated seasons and a win streak of 53 dual matches in a row.

What do you plan to do after you leave La Salle?

I am in the process of getting certified to teach swim lessons to special needs kids.

I am active in the Portland Storytellers Guild, competing in Story Slams and NPR’s Moth storytelling program. I am also working on three different story books.

I am putting together several Health Education Workshops and taking them on the road.  The first is the Smokey Joe Workshop.

I am also planning on getting certified as a tennis and volleyball official, I am hoping to sub at La Salle from time-to-time. 

What have you learned from La Salle?

Students are great teachers. You learn a lot about yourself when you reflect upon how you related to them. They changed me more than I changed them. I got the best of that deal.

Also, Judi and Rhonda are saints.

What will you miss about La Salle?

  • The day-to-day contact with the friends I have made.
  • Telling stories to students
  • The joy of seeing the face of a student who “gets” something I just said.

Do you have any particular memories or thoughts to share?

A student learned the Heimlich Maneuver in second period Health II. During lunch that same day, she saved a friend who was choking. 

Maria Schroeder

How long have you been at La Salle and what have you taught here?

I have been at LS for 11 ½ years. I taught German 1-4. One year, I also had a Study Hall.

What do you plan to do after you leave La Salle?

For a while, I’ll pursue my interests and the, I will look for part-time work, possibly in Student Support.

What have you learned at La Salle?

The years at LS were years of tremendous personal and professional growth. I learned we can never make assumptions about people and their identities, nor do we ever know the whole story.

What will you miss about La Salle?

I will miss the energy and vibrancy of the community.

Do you have any particular memories or thoughts to share?

I will always remember the immersions (Germany), watching the students discover my home country through their lens.

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