Carver School
16077 SE Hwy 224
Damascus, OR 97089


Carver School                
 Our Teachers

Mrs. Hall: Grade School

Leslie Hall has two main goals for her students- first, to have fun and love school, and second, to be fluent readers by the end of second grade.  Loving learning and being a good reader allow for endless opportunities and possibilities throughout life.

Leslie has been a teacher for 29 years, teaching the first and second grade for 15 of those years.  Teaching reading is her passion.  She first wanted to be a teacher while in the fifth grade at Kennedy School in Portland,  she graduated from Portland State University and married her husband, Jim, of 35 years, soon after.  They have four grown sons.

Leslie has taught in the Carver School building for 12 years and loves the charm of the historic building and the opportunity to work closely with all of the families in our school community.

Matthew Gurrola:   Middle School

Physical Education: Mr. Mitchell

I graduated from Western Oregon University with an Oregon Teaching license and Master of Arts in Teaching degree that includes endorsements in both High School and Middle School Physical Education. I also earned my Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Western Oregon University where I graduated with a major in Physical Education and a minor in Health Education. I also completed my student teaching experience in the Sherwood School District at both Sherwood High School and Laurel Ridge Middle School where I taught a wide variety of physical related activities including team sports, fitness days, introduction and advanced weight lifting, as well as many other non-traditional games.
Besides teaching Physical Education here at Carver I am also currently a 6/7/8 grade Boys Head Basketball coach for the Putnam Youth Basketball League. The reason I want to work with youth is I genuinely care about the type of people youth will be both in the present and in the future. That care about people and desire to see people succeed, drives me every day. There is no bigger reward for me then to see someone grow or improve. The reason I always dreamed about and wanted to be a Physical Education teacher and a coach is that I felt that it would be the best way for me to be able to help others grow and improve both inside and outside the classroom. I want to help make the world a better place and have a positive impact on people and I believe teaching physical education is a special and perfect opportunity to teach youth character, life lessons, as well as help them grow physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially.

Music: Joel Ford

Joel Ford is an award winning composer and performer of a wide spectrum of musical styles. He finished his AA in music from Cabrillo, and his BA and MA in music composition from UCSC. His works include a number of pieces for saxophone and string quartets, as well as mixed chamber works, solo and choral vocal works, musical theater and opera, jazz ensemble, symphonic band, and pieces for guided group improvisation and game music. He performs on saxophone and clarinet.  He is also a gifted K-8 music teacher who has taught in California and Oregon.

Brooke Borchard:  Art

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