Mr. Mellema

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Mr. Jeff Mellema is entering his 13th season as a Language Arts instructor at Estacada High School.  Mellema grew up in Oregon City, Oregon where he graduated in 1994.  After high school Mellema received a B. S. in English from Western Oregon University (then Western Oregon State College).  He later received his Oregon Teacher’s License from Warner Pactific College and his Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University.  

Mr. Mellema loves teaching in Estacada, particularly because of the character of the kids he has taught over the years.  Despite the varying academic skill levels of the kids in his classroom, he has always believed that kids in Estacada have superior moral awareness--that is, they have heart.  Second to this, Mellema loves his colleagues, who he believes have all been dedicated, inspiring, and, much like the students, carrying large hearts.  

At home, Mellema enjoys reading (duh) depressing literature, writing, playing and watching basketball, and spending time with his wife, Kari, and his four children.  He also loves listening to music.  Some of his favorite musicians (at this moment, anyway) include The Replacements, Elliott Smith, Sufjan Stevens, The Beach Boys, My Morning Jacket, and Modest Mouse.  

Here are some random and interesting facts about Mr. Mellema:

1.  He named his son, Carver, after one of his favorite writers, Raymond Carver, who grew up in the Northwest and became known as one of the greatest short story writers of the 20th Century.  
2.  He still holds the school high jump record at Oregon City High School.  In 1994, his Senior year, Mellema jumped 6’8 at the state meet in Eugene.  
3.  His favorite book to teach is John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men.
4.  He will be 40 this December, although there are not yet any plans to buy a muscle car, a copy of P90X, or to take up the electric guitar and join a Motley Crue cover band.  

Whether you have Mr. Mellema this year or not, he would love for you to stop by Room 32 and introduce yourself. 

503-630-8515 EXT 2825

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