Colton Corner: longtime teacher Allan Bruner retires
Allan Bruner has been a teacher at Colton High School for 28 years.
He has taught math, chemistry, physics, psychology, government, economics and personal finance. He has been choir and drama director and robotics team adviser.
But that is not all, over the years he has stepped in when needed to coach football and volleyball and has written many of the grants the school has received. He is responsible for putting the college articulated program in place. These are the advanced placement high school classes where students can earn college credits for advance high school classes. Plus in 2006 he was named Oregon Teacher of the Year.
Bruner said he began his post-high school education at Seattle Pacific University where he did his undergrad major in chemistry. He went on to Oregon State University as a PhD candidate in bio-chemistry. Bruner said after working for two years on his thesis, he took a job at OSU as a lab teacher, and that is when he discovered his love for teaching. He called it an epiphany and said realized he was not enjoying or finding his work fulfilling. So he put his heart and hard work into accomplishing a degree in education in just one year.
He taught outdoor school one summer at Camp Adams and had friends who lived on Hult Road in Colton. They told him about an opening in Colton schools in the sciences.
"I had other offers, but I chose Colton," Bruner said. "This has been my second home. The staff is like family. I am so blessed to work in this school system. I wanted to teach in a small school so we could be involved in the life of the kids and I have had a blast doing it. This is a successful district that has educated brilliant men and woman, who have gone on to become solid, creative, thinking citizens and are enjoying life."
He also gave credit to district parents. He said it makes the teacher's job easier because the parents care deeply for their kids and want the best for them.
"Our teachers are incredibly dedicated and our students go on to great successes and they are from the smallest school in Clackamas County."
But what exactly does retirement mean to Allan Bruner? Well first of all he has been offered a post-retirement half-time contract, which he has accepted.
Bruner, who is married and the father of three, said, "I am going to devote time to my family. That is the priority."
He went on to say, "Coming in as a post-contract educator does not take away a full-time education position, and we will be able to save some programs and credit hours at CHS next year."
Bruner will team teach with David VanderHaak in chemistry, psychology and medical opportunity classes. He will continue as robotics adviser and says he is planning to apply for the position of drama adviser for the fall and spring plays.
Bruner also teaches an online course for Concordia University; a master's program in mathematics focusing on career, technical education (CTE). He has been appointed by the Oregon governor as a board member of the Teachers Standards and Practices Commission, an entity that upholds and enforces standards for educators in Oregon and whose job it is to maintain and improve performance in the education profession. His term runs through Dec. 12, 2020.
"I have been blessed to work in this school system, the smallest in Clackamas County," he said. "Our teachers are incredibly dedicated and our students go on to successes and often move back to Colton to have their families grow up here go to the Colton schools."