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PAGE A12, KEIZERTIMES, SEPTEMBER 11, 2015
to talk about their pathway to a
career,” Jespersen said.
As part of the Nike Innova-
continued from Page A1 tion program, Jespersen now
has a direct line to one of Nike’s
English teacher and Crystal current executives, Rachel
Apple winner Heidi Tavares Ramirez, who is a McNary
was most impressed with the alumna herself.
“It’s valuable because I have
sense of community and family
coming from Nike employees her as a resource to talk about
that she encountered through- issues of leadership and orga-
nizational structure,” Jespersen
out the trip.
“In my senior AVID elective said.
class we are al-
ready a strong
Myers had more
family, but I
than a little trep-
see the need
to develop the
the whole thing
same sense of
headed into it,
but he came out
family in my
of the experi-
ence with a re-
When a stu-
newed sense of
purpose as the
that you care
school year be-
and their suc-
“I had heard
cess, that you
a lot of the
are there to
help, and that
it’s okay to
at Costco, and I
on the road
how that’s great
as an adminis-
they are more
willing to take
ture, but then I
risks, try hard-
er, and make
— Heidi Tavares thought
about how it re-
you proud. If
lates to teacher
I can success-
and student rela-
a family environment in my tionships,” he said. “If it’s theatre
classes, more student learning the way I learned it, it might
will take place because we are not mean anything to my stu-
all there to help each other be dents. If I don’t change or I’m
not willing to change, then I
the best we can be,” she said.
She is also on board with am going to fail them.”
Taken as a whole, he’s fully
Jespersen’s goal of teaching the
current and future Celtics the on board with whatever comes
next out of the new way of
meaning of “grit.”
“I want my students to real- thinking.
“Erik has big ideas, not be-
ize that it takes ‘grit’ to go far
in life, and that sometimes you cause the school needs fi xing,
need to work your way up to but he wants to continue to
get your dream job. I want to push. If that’s how we’re going
teach grit: work hard, dig deep, to innovate, I’m in,” Myers said.
don’t give up, set goals, achieve
greatness, and believe in your-
self,” Tavares said.
As for the $20,000, Jespersen
has a project in the works.
“Our big plan is to eliminate
the college and career center
and rebuild the space so the
aesthetics are different. We want
to make it pleasing for and en-
ticing for students and, at the
same time, outfi t the space with
the technology and equipment
to invite in local professionals
“I want my
it takes ‘grit’
to go far in
life, and that
you need to
way up to get
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One of the main reasons Dennis Spencer fi rst bought a 1965 Chevrolet Impala back in 1967 was because of the fl ow of the rear
window (a new design element for that model year) and the one-year-only triple round taillight design. Previous Impalas had a
more squared off rear window, while the 1966 Impala switched to square taillights. Spencer found this Impala in a Keizer backyard
20 years ago and fi xed it up to match the fi rst one he had.
continued from Page A1
Over time, Spencer got
parts from a wrecking yard.
Other parts, particularly the
chrome trim pieces, were
birthday and Christmas gifts
from his children.
“My friends and brother
helped me strip it down,”
Spencer said. “We worked on
it for four years. I have a dete-
rioration of the back and have
had four knee surgeries. I sat
and sanded the car. Anything
I could reach, I could do. We
put all the parts in, the motor,
the transmission, everything. I
could have bought something
better and already done, but
I didn’t want that. I wanted
something so that when I was
done I could say, ‘I did it.’”
Fifteen years ago, the Im-
pala was done.
“I baby it,” Spencer read-
ily admits. “It brought back all
the good times from our dat-
ing and our honeymoon. My
wife gave me the go ahead to
do it. We take it on Sunday
drives. It is a part of us. I love
taking it places, just driving it.
It’s just the memories. It’s part
of our lives. There have been a
lot of good times. I guess you
could say it has got a lot of
Tinkering with cars has
long been a passion for Spen-
cer, who was in the same high
school graduating class with
John Force. Force has gone on
to become the most success-
ful drag racer in National Hot
Rod Association history and
the most recognizable fi gure
in the sport.
“I helped John build his
fi rst drag car,” Spencer said.
“He kept climbing, from dirt
poor to all the way up. I have
all the respect in the world for
that man. He fought tooth and
nail for everything he got.”
Down the road, Spencer
knows his Impala will be in
“My 13-year-old grandson
has a real interest in it. It will
be his one day,” Spencer said.
“We’ll never sell it. We’ve tak-
en our grandson to car shows
with it. He loves it.”