This is Doug Johanson; he graduated from Beaverton in 1986. Doug participated in student leadership, debate, golf, and a variety of recreational sports such as basketball and soccer. In high school, Doug earned his money by managing a Baskin-Robbins ice cream store. His favorite moments were doing the Rhythm Boys with his friends because it was hilarious and being part of a golf team that won state his junior year and came in third my senior year. His favorite quality of Beaverton is a sense of community.
After high school, he majored in Finance at the University of Oregon. That let him to be the CEO of Vista Capital Partners, an investment advisory firm him and his business partner started 18 years ago. The advice he passes to students is, “Think big. Stay hungry. Stay foolish.”
Doug plans to have fun, work hard, make a difference, give back, get outdoors, try new things and spend as much time with his family and friends as possible.
Ms. Gwyn is a Spanish teacher at BHS; she teaches Spanish 1-4. She grew up in Perrysburg, Ohio and went to Perrysburg High School. She went to Kent State for her undergrad and to Bowling Green for her Masters Degree. She also went to Universidad de Alcalá de Henares in Spain. Along with studying Spanish in Spain, she also studied in Costa Rica and Mexico.
After college, Ms. Gwyn was a Middle School Teacher in North Carolina, and then she moved to Portland and taught at Bonny Slope Elementary School for three years, then she moved to BHS.
Outside of school, she is interested in many different activities such as crabbing with her boyfriend Greg and his daughters, kayaking, hiking, gardening, traveling, and cooking especially with home-grown ingredients. Her favorite food is artichokes cooked with butter, and her favorite movie is “The Burbs.”
When asked about what she likes about BHS, she said, “ Definitely the students. We have a diverse group of students, and with teaching no two days are alike. Each day is new and exciting because of the dynamic with the students. I also like the traditions. I think the Rhythm B’s are so cool, and I always look forward to seeing their performances at the assemblies.” Her advice to students is to always try their best and ask questions when they are unsure. Thank you Ms. Gwyn!
Impire is a clothing brand that was established by Beaverton Senior Sam Mendoza. Impire is a small clothing brand that sells a variety of clothing items such as jackets, hoodies, and T-shirts along with other accessories. Sam releases his clothes as ‘drops’ every couple of months, and his latest release was three weeks ago. Sam hopes he can grow his brand and eventually expand from what he is currently doing to make Impire a profit-making business. Sam has also involved his friends in his endeavor to create a successful brand by having them model and wear his clothes to market them. Sam is currently a full-time student but he hopes to turn Impire into a successful brand that not only works as a sustainable job but is a well-known brand from Oregon. For more information visits the official Impire Instagram page @impireofficial.
Bryan graduated in the Class of 1980 and loved his time here at Beaverton! After graduating from Beaverton, he attended Oregon State University and majored in Business. He now works for a money management firm and loves his job. He used to play basketball a lot, coached for his kids, and now he is involved in the community through work and through volunteering. What he remembers most about Beaverton are the students. He still talks to many of his former classmates through social media, as they are spread across the country and world. What he still sees at Beaverton is the atmosphere is still very accepting of everyone, and he thinks that is super cool that the atmosphere is very similar to when he attended Beaverton.
Meet Ella Girasa, a 5th grader at Ridgewood Elementary. Ella has 2 sisters, one in 2nd grade and one in 7th grade. She also has 2 cats, Mya and Lulu, but her favorite animals are llamas. Ella loves to read, and her favorite book is Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children!
Meet Mr. Theriot! Mr. Theriot is a teacher in the Language arts department here at BHS and teaches classes such as American Lit and Lit and Comp 10. He is also the Building Representative for the Beaverton Education Association, which is the teachers’ union. Before coming to BHS, Mr.Theriot taught at Aloha High School from 2001-2003, and before that, he worked for a child care organization called Vermont Hills Family Life Center.
Outside of BHS, Mr. Theriot enjoys going on many different adventures with his wife and his two sons. They love to hike, backpack, camp, and travel. He also really loves biking! When it’s nice out he likes to commute to school on his mountain bike and in the fall he competes in cyclocross. He also really enjoys reading, sports, art, music, and television.
When asked what he loves about the BHS community he said “I love how diverse this community has become over the years. With that brings some challenges, but I think we are the type of community that has the capability and attitude to have courageous conversations and actions. I say “we”, because not only am I a part of the staff here, but I live in the BHS boundary and my boys will soon be Beavers!” Thank you, Mr. Theriot, for being so involved in the BHS community!