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Lynda Gordon-Principal Secretary

Hello Rieke! I am excited about serving as Principal’s Secretary this year and have enjoyed being at Rieke on a full-time basis. As a mom of three kids, I have been a longtime volunteer in the Beaverton School District serving as the Auction chair, Classroom mom, Drama and Band fundraising campaign chairs, Site Council member and elected Local School Board member for West Tualatin View Elementary School. So it was only natural that as my children grew older and more independent I would take a job working with students and parents in the schools.

 

In my free time I love spending time with my husband, three college-aged kids and numerous family members living in the area. I am a big booster of my alma Mater, Fresno State, where I ran Cross Country and Track and received a degree in Athletic Administration. I love playing tennis, cooking, attending Portland Trailblazers games, travelling and swimming. Our family also loves hosting costume parties too. Here is a picture years ago when we hosted a Harry Potter-themed party. Can you tell which characters we are dressed as? Come to the Rieke school office to share your guesses!

 

Finally, I am so happy to see so many parents volunteering at Rieke. I have met some of my dearest friends through my school and Boy/Girl Scouts activities over the years, so I am a huge proponent of volunteering, no matter how many hours you put in.

Getting connected and helping is incredibly fun and essential in creating a well-run school!

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Kim Mathews

Hi Rieke!

I'm excited to be a part of your warm and inviting community! I've been with PPS for several years, formerly at Bridlemile and most recently as a sub secretary. I'm also a graphic designer and enjoy pottery and sewing. I have two amazing teenage children, a lovely husband, two silly dogs and one affectionate cat. 

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Karrie Caudle Health Assistant

Hi Rieke! I am your health assistant and here to help with all your healthcare needs while you are at school. I have 15 years experience helping children with autism while working at Butler Creek Elementary and Sacramento Elementary school plus 25 years experience raising my twins. I was a classroom mom and volunteer for all of their school events. 

I have a husband,  two kids, two cats, and two dogs. I grew up in Portland and have always been a big Blazers fan. I love hiking, board games, and trying new restaurants with my family.

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Ian Johnstone-School Counselor

I believe every student can learn to think critically, and display compassion towards others. This learning can take place if schools insure students consistently have their voice heard, their strengths celebrated, and their needs addressed. I set high standards for all my students, and aspire to help them achieve those standards. 
I know Oregon hasn’t historically been the most inclusive place to live. Unfortunately, this diminishes our community’s ability to embrace multiple perspectives. I aim to make Portland Public Schools and our city in general an environment in which all people are included, valued, and successful. In specific, I would like to see traditionally marginalized students in my care achieve at the level of their more privileged peers. I also hope to instill a culture of reverence towards reading and independent thought. If all members of our community believe in themselves, enjoy learning, and take a scientific approach to answering life’s questions, there is no limit to the heights we can collectively achieve. 

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Chris Barrar

Hello! I go by Miss Chris and I work half time (half day Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays) as a counselor at the best school in Portland! I focus on community outreach and am on the SIT (Student Intervention Team) . I work with developing 504 plans and supporting students who need a little extra support through check-ins and incentives. I am a native Oregonian, growing up in Lake Oswego (Lakeridge) and attending Oregon State University. I have lived in SW Portland for 40 years. My three children all attended Rieke (the best school in Portland!!) I earned my masters at Lewis and Clark and then worked as a middle school counselor for three years (Lee Middle School) and a high school counselor for 17 years (Lincoln). I then became a mentor and worked with new counselors in PPS for three years. This is my fourth year at Rieke and I love working with the incredible staff at this school. When I am not at work I like to be outside- walking, biking, swimming, skiing and enjoying the beauty of Portland and the surrounding area.

Chris Barrar (she/her)
.5 Counselor 
Half day Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
503-916-5768


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Mrs. C

I have the best job in the world! This is my 14th year at Rieke, hard to believe. Every year I work with all of the students, kindergarten through fifth grade. My classes begin with the  kindergartenders learning to use a mouse, and move to older students who are exploring the world of coding and programing. My job is great because it is constantly evolving and I have to continue to educate myself to keep up with the newest developments. I love to learn new things.

I feel at home when I work in the schools. My father was a Principal for PPS. When I was young, I remember visiting him at Rieke when he was the summer School Principal. My mother was the Journalism Advisor at Wilson when I was in High School, and even my grandmother worked for the district in the testing department. My family taught me the value of supporting education and kids.  I am thrilled to carry on the tradition.