Principal's Message—August 28

Dear Rieke Families,

Welcome to the start of the 2018-19 school year!

I want to do a virtual introduction of our new staff.
Aaron Lee is our new 2nd grade teacher. We did get approval to add back the first grade position we had to eliminate last year so Alicia Baker is back teaching first and Aaron has come in at 2nd. He comes to us from Sitton Elementary where he was working as a special education para-educator while pursuing his teaching licensure at Concordia University.

Yvonne Carpenter is our new half time learning center teacher. She is joining Janet Stearns-Gannett and comes to us after being a substitute teacher with the district last year. Previously she was a special education teacher in California and worked for a short time in the Gresham Barlow District. She lives in the Wilson cluster and has two students attending Wilson High School this year.

Nathan Hartleben is our new Speech and Language Pathologist. Last year he worked for Willamette Education Service District where he was supporting students K-12 in the North Marion School District. He is with us four days each week and also supporting Franklin High School.

Melissa Light is our new Educational Assistant. She is well known in our community and we’re thrilled to have her join us. She is replacing Beth Nelson who is now one of our full time special education para-educators.

Erin Sherry is our new lead cafeteria staff member. She is replacing Daureen Morris who retired last year. Erin has worked for the District for thirteen years, including ten years at Llewellyn School.

Maddi Mostek is our temporary teacher filling in for Kerrie Waymire while she is out. Kerrie was diagnosed with breast cancer about two weeks ago and hopes to return in early February. Maddi was a student teacher with Michael Plein last year and graduated from Concordia in the spring.

Bekah Breed is job sharing this year with Jill Rebholz. Bekah was a student teacher last year with Jill and also graduated last February from Concordia.

Whew! It’s a lot of new folks but I am super pleased with every one of them and know they’re being here will help ensure a great year for all of our students.

We are also being supported by eight student teachers. This does mean that while we do have some fairly large classes, we are able to reduce the ratio of students to staff as much as possible through the presence of the student teachers, along with our support staff, our volunteers and also our Wilson Interns.

We are always welcoming volunteers to help out in the office or in classrooms. You need to complete the Volunteer Background check, which you can access online at the following site:

Our PE teacher Valoree Lancaster also welcomes volunteers. If you are interested email her directly to arrange specific times. She teaches PE non-stop every day so there are lots of opportunities!

I’m excited about the year ahead and can’t wait to see all the great learning and fun things our students will be doing this year.

Remember, it’s a 3 day week-end coming up and I hope to see everyone at the PTA Back to School Picnic on Sept. 7.



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