J. Glenn Krake.
COURSES: Yearbook, Journalism, Introduction to Media
This year, 2020-2021 is my 14th year at West Linn High School, and my 18th year teaching overall. I am an English Teacher by trade (have taught all levels - 8th through 12th grade) though I have taught Social Studies, Government/Econ and even Film Studies! I am excited, though, to now be a full time Career and Technology Education teacher focusing on Journalism. I am focusing my efforts on building a program that also oversees student publications (Yearbook, wlhsNOW.com, Broadcast and Journalism).
I completed my undergraduate work at Biola University in Southern California where I studied English Education. I then earned a Masters Degree in Secondary Education from the University of Phoenix while teaching full-time in Grapevine, Texas (ask me about my Texas adventures sometime - particularly the one where I met my wife, Shatrine). It's been a great advantage as we dive into Google Classroom and utilizing distance curriculum and online project management to have had an experience working in and around online learning in the past.
My daughter Audrey is in middle school at Rosemont and our son Max is in first grade at Bolton. Our youngest is a pup, June Carter Cash (she's a one year old rescue and if you walk anywhere around the Bolton neighborhood, chances are she's "greeted" you with a bark). Some of you may also be lucky enough to meet my wife Shatrine, as she makes appearances now and again to lend her expertise as a professional freelance graphic designer where she also serves as the Executive Director of the West Linn Chamber of Commerce.
Birthday: October 5, 19-- (can you guess?)
Number of US States visited: 40
If I could live anywhere I've visited: Portland, OR (San Diego is a close second)
Favorite Films: Back to the Future, Godfather, Any "Based on a True Story" film like 42, In Cold Blood, Man on the Moon, etc
Last Movie Watched: probably a true crime documentary on Netflix
Favorite Book: Brother's Karamazov, The Great Gatsby
Currently Writing: Still playing with a memoir on how baseball has shaped me. Sketching ideas for a project: "100 albums I want my kids to hear when they get old enough to appreciate it."
Favorite Musicians: Beach Boys, Charles Mingus, Beck, Beatles
Last Album Purchased: Probably some used 60s vinyl
TV Shows: anything binge-watchable on Netflix (always taking recommendations)
Hobbies: Fantasy Baseball, Real Baseball (Go Dodgers!), Crocheting, Playing Guitar (ask me about my instruments!)
Place I'm Happiest: (Other than "with my family," "in a classroom," or "at Dodger Stadium"): on a swing-dancing floor.
Favorite story to tell: Either how my wife & I met, OR my college homecoming "BAB" story. I have a pretty good "most embarrassing moment' story as well. (see if you can coax them out of me).