Centennial Welcomes New Staff

Milana Oliphant and Daniella Young

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Lena Franco.

Lena Franco Takes Over Attendance Window

Q: How long has she been teaching?

A: She has been working in this type of position for 3 years.

 

Q: College?

A: She graduated from Gresham High School, and also graduated from Portland State.

 

Q: Family?

A: She is a “Gresham native” and has lived here with her family since she was young.

 

Q: Where did she work before?

A: She worked at Powell Butte Elementary for three years prior to Centennial.

 

Q: Why Centennial?

A: She came to Centennial to see what it is like working with older students.

 

Q: What classes is she teaching?

A: She is the new Attendance Secretary at Centennial.

 

Q: How does she feel about working here so far?

A: She said that she is” Loving the difference between elementary school environment and high school environment.”

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Clarissa Buchholz.

Clarissa Buchholz Teaches Chemistry

Q: How long she been teaching?

A: She has been teaching for two years prior to this year which will be her third year.

 

Q: College?

A: She graduated from University of Redland which is in southern California.

 

Q: Family?

A: She graduated from Beaverton High School and most of her family lives in Beaverton.

 

Q: Where did she work before?

A: For the last two years she worked at Rex Putnam High School.

 

Q: Why Centennial?

A: She chose to come to Centennial because it is the only high school in the district.

 

Q: What classes is she teaching?

A: This year she will be teaching chemistry which is new to her since she previously taught biology.

 

Q: How does she feel about working here so far?

A: She said that the “students are really nice and welcoming.”

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Chip Conrad.

Chip Conrad Teaches Marketing, Leadership, More

Q: How long has he been teaching?

A: This is his first year teaching.

 

Q: College?

A: He attended Seminole High School in Florida, and graduated from Liberty University in Virginia.

 

Q: Family?

A: He is married, with two kids.

 

Q: Where did he work before?

A: He worked as a serial entrepreneur, before going into teaching.

 

Q: Why Centennial?

A: He was excited that the students were thirsty for marketing business projects.

 

Q: What classes is he teaching?

A: He teaches Marketing, Intro to Business Leadership, Advanced Business Leadership, Business Leadership, Expanded Options, Business Ownership, Business Ownership Applications, Business Ownership Practicum, and T.A Business.

 

Q: What are some hobbies/interests?

A: He likes to camp and fish.

 

Q: How does he feel about working here so far?

A: He’s excited to be here; students and staff were very welcoming and nice.

 

“You should stop by room 146 and say hi, and bring coke zero.”

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Terry Schloth.

Terry Schloth Transfers Into Assistant Principal Position

Q: How long has he been an administrator?

A: He has been working as an administrator for five years (including this year) in total; he worked at Reynolds for four years, and this is his first year as an administrator at Centennial.

 

Q: College?

A: He attended Western Oregon University.

 

Q: Family?

A: He has two kids and is married.

 

Q: Where did he work before?

A: He worked at Reynolds before coming to Centennial.

 

Q: Why Centennial?

A: He transferred to Centennial because it was a closer drive.

 

Q: What are some hobbies/interests?

A: He likes to travel and explore the outdoors, as well as being a sports enthusiast.

 

Q: How does he feel about working here so far?

A: He likes being closer to work, and how everyone was so welcoming.

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Lynne Kern.

Lynne Kern Works in EA Position

Q: How long has she been teaching?

A: This is her first year at CHS as a educational assistant (EA).

 

Q: College?

A: She studied in Maryland.

 

Q: Where did she work before?

A: She worked at Providence Medical Center for 17 years before going into subbing for three months.

 

Q: Why Centennial?

A: The students and staff are friendly and helpful.

 

Q: What classes is she teaching?

A: She is an educational assistant and helps students.

 

Q: What are some hobbies/interests?

A: She likes to make crafty jewelry, write poetry and salsa dance.


Q: How does she feel about working here so far?

A: She thinks it’s a good school, and she likes working with the older kids.

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Vivian Ngo.

Vivian Ngo Teaches Conceptual Physics

Q: How long has she been teaching?

A: She’s been teaching for 5 years.

 

Q: College?

A: Undergrad at Pacific Lutheran University and then went to University of Alaska Southeast

 

Q: Family?

A: She grew up in the Parkrose school district and graduated from Parkrose High School.

 

Q: Where did she work before?

A: She previously worked in the Gresham school district.

 

Q: Why Centennial?

A: She said, “ I wanted to be part of the community and feel valued.”

 

Q: What classes is she teaching?

A: This year she is teaching conceptual physics.

 

Q: What are some hobbies/interests?

A: She likes to cook, hike, and play tennis.

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Butch Self.

Butch Self Coaches Football, Teaches English

Q: How long has he been teaching?

A: He’s been teaching for 23 years!

 

Q: College?

A: He went to college at Portland State for his undergraduate, Warner Pacific for teaching and Lewis and Clark for his master’s.

 

Q: Family?

A: He is married and has two boys.

 

Q: Where did he work before?

A: He has worked at high schools in Sandy, Estacada, West Linn and Glencoe High School in Hillsboro.

 

Q: Why Centennial?

A: He was excited to come because of the district as a whole, and because he knows a lot of people in this district.

 

Q: What classes does he teach?

A: Freshman english is what he teaches.

 

Q: What are some hobbies/interests?

A: He is interested in archery and likes to wrestle, read and travel.

 

Q: How does he feel about working here so far?

A: He’s really happy to be here and for the opportunity to be the football coach!

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Adrian Castillo (left) and a friend.

Adrian Castillo Joins Custodial Staff

Q: How long has he been working in maintenance/custodial work?

A: He’s been doing school custodial work since December of last year.

 

Q: College?

A: He studied in Mexico!

 

Q: Family?

A: He has family in Veracruz, Mexico.

 

Q: Where did he work before?

A: He currently works at Harold Oliver and Centennial. He used to run his own business in California.

 

Q: Why Centennial?

A: He likes the structure and discipline about Centennial, and he likes to help students while wanting to contribute to the student community. He wants to be an advocate and to perhaps prevent future school tragedies.

 

Q: What are some hobbies/interests?

A: He likes to share his dancing with everyone, and share the christmas mexican traditions with kids. Every year, he puts together a “Nacimiento”, the christmas nativity, which he makes from decorations that he finds from recycled and garage sale pieces; he likes salsa dance and playing volleyball and soccer. He also learned english on his own!

 

Q: How does he feel about working here so far?

A: It’s important for him to provide good quality work every day, and his goal is to help students as much as he can.

 

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About the Writers
Milana Oliphant, Co-Editor

Milana Oliphant is a sophomore. This is her first year as a writer for the for The Talon.  She is on the girls rugby club at Centennial and also plays...

Daniella Young, Editor-in-Chief

Daniella Young, 17, is a senior and is excited about her second year of advanced journalism. She took Beginning Journalism her freshman year, and loved...

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