Paula McVay can be recognized for 34 years as a professional teacher, but has been teaching and leading by example since she was 10 years old. Paula is mom to spelling bee teammate Andy McVay. The oldest daughter of a Catholic farming family with 8 children from Banks, Oregon, Paula was born into leadership. Paula achieved her BA in Teaching from the University of Portland and then her MAT from Lewis in Clark. Making use of a second language, she spent time in Germany as an au pair, traveling with a valuable dictionary and then a little farther in France on a third language and another dictionary. Back in the states Paula married Michael McVay, raised six children and stepped into teaching every grade from K-12. She holds endorsements in K-8 Classroom and K-12 Reading, has taught English to immigrants, volunteered pre-school and high school religious education and tutored Math and English. Somewhere along the way she picked up a fourth language and a Spanish dictionary that she shares with her husband. Paula is an avid gardener, seamstress, Grandmother of three (daycare provider for the 3rd) and daily running enthusiast for 10K events. After 45 years of marriage, Paula enjoys referencing a library of dictionaries with Mike in frequent evening spelling bouts. Will she win the Schoolhouse Supplies Spelling Bee presented by Fred Meyer? Get your tickets and find out.
Andy knows first-hand how invaluable a teacher’s influence can be. Both his parents, wife and mother-in-law are from academia, teachers all. While in college Andy was a struggling Biology major at OSU, doing ok in Biology and Physics, but failing… Read more »
Cassidy Quinn is a reporter at KGW News, reporting on events going on around town. She is a video blogger who loves sports, travel, and technology, and is a bit addicted to social media. Before coming to KGW, Cassidy lived… Read more »
Thanks to our generous community, tens of thousands of local children are heading back to school with access to needed school supplies. Thank you for supporting the KGW School Supply Drive and Tools for Schools backpack program this back-to-school season. … Read more »
Thanks to the generosity of 27 local businesses and organizations, 10,403 low-income students in four school districts received school-supply-filled backpacks at the beginning of the school year. 20 high-need schools in Portland and Hillsboro were each sponsored by one or… Read more »
Artist: David F. Brooks Title: Catching Sunsets (Oregon Coast) Dixon Ticonderoga Co. Materials and Brands Used: Maimeri Brera Artist Acrylic Paints, Robert Simmons Titanium Brushes, Daler-Rowney FW Artist Acrylic Inks and Daler-Rowney Simply Canvas Value: $1,000 About the artist: Painter,… Read more »
Over the past two school years, fifty schools, with 23,500 young students, in Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas Counties were selected based on need to participate in the FamilyCare Music Education Initiative in partnership with Schoolhouse Supplies. These schools received a generous… Read more »
Last Fall, with generous support from PEMCO Insurance, Schoolhouse Supplies was able to pilot a “Mobile Free Store for Teachers” which traveled to Sitton and James John Elementary Schools. We learned a lot on that sunny day in November and… Read more »