Day: June 9, 2011

Beloved teacher opts for retirement after 32 years

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Through much of her education Carolyn Ream was a terrible student. In a way, it’s what motivated her to become a teacher, but it’s not was makes her beloved by colleagues and students past and present. For Amanda Dodge, who was one of Ream’s mentees when she started at Whiteaker Middle School, it’s Ream’s selflessness that sparked. “She’s giving of her time to teach new teachers, to students, to parents. She’s also a very modern retiring teacher, she keeps with the times and isn’t afraid to try silly things,” Dodge said. “She’s not a teacher who just sits around and gives out homework. She tries to get you to enjoy the learning and Whiteaker,” adds Sierra Reynolds, one of Ream’s many charges. Ream’s teaching career spans 32 years and only one was spent outside Keizer schools. Prior to taking on the post at Whiteaker, she taught at Gubser Elementary School from 1980 to 2004. While she realizes now the many ways in which she skated through school were detrimental, pursuing a teaching career helped her realize what had been missing from the equation in her early years. “I sat in class, smiled, nodded my head and got A’s,” Ream said. “I realized that not one teacher ever said, ‘You can do more,’ and I got mad.” The passion she found for teaching...

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Three-car wreck sends two to hospital

By Jason Cox Of the Keizertimes A three-car accident at River Road and Linda Avenue sent at least two people to the hospital Thursday afternoon. Their injuries were not life-threatening, and two vehicles were rear-ended, said Keizer Police Sgt. David LeDay. It occurred about 1:23...

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MHS grad headed to prestigious Stanford

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes By his own admission, Bren Bovee started out from a strong base. “I had a 4.0 GPA through the end of my sophomore year, but it wasn’t until I went up to Portland for a college fair and met the recruitment officer from Brown University that I really started thinking about what was possible,” Bovee said. That was the moment, he said, when he felt an Ivy League education was within his reach, but the deluge that followed was wholeheartedly unexpected. In the past year, he’s been offered full merit scholarships to Stanford University, Columbia University, New York University, and University of San Diego, and University of Oregon. He applied to seven colleges in all. “I applied to Brown and didn’t get accepted, but when that e-mail came in from Stanford I was in the theater and I grabbed a kid and hugged him,” Bovee said. He’s maintained his head-of-the-class GPA throughout his high school career, but in addition to academics he’s played for both the varsity basketball and golf teams and spent his senior year as class president. “To be honest, I sort of did the class president thing just for the applications, but it’s been a maturing experience to work with adults in a business setting rather than as a student,” Bovee said. Athletic by nature, Bovee said it wasn’t...

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