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Day: February 25, 2013

Taylor-made

Choir Director Jim Taylor works with students in a choir class at McNary High School. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)
Choir Director Jim Taylor works with students in a choir class at McNary High School. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

 

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

There are some things teachers can learn, like planning backward.

Planning backward means taking the point of a lesson and then finding ways to work up to it in ways that engage and ignite students’ parts in the learning process. In Jim Taylor’s McNary High School jazz history class, he’s elaborating on the history of the word “jazz,” but he tells the students it’s actually a story about S-E-X.

He starts with Africa’s griots, nomadic, storytelling musicians who operated as both entertainers and the newsmen among African tribes. Taylor knows more than a little about this way of life.

He was a teacher before arriving at McNary High School’s choir program as its director, but there was never much doubt about where his career would take him.

“My mom and dad were both teachers, uncles, aunts, almost everyone was a teacher or worked at a school. We call family reunions faculty meetings,” Taylor said.


For more of this article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the Feb. 22 issue of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the area. To subscribe for just $25 a year, click on the ‘Subscribe Today’ link at the top of the page, call 503-390-1051 or visit our office at 142 Chemawa Road North in Keizer.

Family needs help in getting back on track

(File photo)
(File photo)

A little more than a month ago, a Keizer boy was killed and his brother, a Claggett Creek Middle School student, was severely injured in a rollover crash on Interstate 5 near Albany.

In the aftermath, the family of Willevaldo and Evangelica Guzman lost their car, their home and had to close their Salem restaurant, Los Yonic’s, at 1391 Broadway Street in Salem.

With some of the dust settling, the restaurant reopened last week and friends of the family at CCMS are urging local community members to turn out and support the business on Tuesday, Feb. 26 and Friday, March 1.

“It’s been very hard for the family,” said Lupe Mora, outreach coordinator at Claggett Creek. “The couple’s son, Mateo, nearly lost his arm in the crash and now we’re trying to get him back into school. He says he’s ready.”


For more of this article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the Feb. 22 issue of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the area. To subscribe for just $25 a year, click on the ‘Subscribe Today’ link at the top of the page, call 503-390-1051 or visit our office at 142 Chemawa Road North in Keizer.