Ventura Park Vikings Employee Spotlight!

Information Ventura Park Vikings Employee Spotlight

Each week, we will be spotlighting two staff members, so you can get to know us a little better. Previous posts will be in the photo gallery at the bottom.

Mr. Fred Dobson

Fred Dobson


  • Fourth Grade Teacher

Years in Education: 

  • 20 sensational years!!

Fun Facts About Mr. Dobson:

  • Spent New Years Eve 1999 and brought in the year 2000 in Brazil.
  • Loves to read crime mysteries, such as, William Kent Krueger’s Cork O’Conner series and Steve Hamilton’s Alex McNight series.
  • Grew up in a small town in the Vermont foothills; we had two general stores, a post office, and a library the size of a tool shed.
  • Moved to Oregon by himself at the age of 23 without knowing a soul out west. 
  • Does some things right handed and some things left handed.

His message to students and staff: 

“Miss you Vikings, we can do this!”  

Why we love him: 

His love of adventure and love of teaching shines through everyday he walks through the door of VP. Mr. Dobson will do anything for his students and cares deeply about ensuring that they are treated fairly. High expectations and being a good human are two things we know Mr. Dobson will expect of his students! 

Mrs. Julie Nichols

Julie Nichols


  • Head Secretary

Years in Education: 

  • 18 remarkable years!

Fun Facts About Mrs. Nichols:

  • She is an only child, and she and her husband have 5 children and 11 grandchildren. 
  • She loves to garden and create peaceful settings in her yard.
  • She enjoys cooking and baking. 

Her message to students: 

“When I chose my retirement date a few years ago, I never pictured leaving like this.  I have had the joy of seeing two generations of students come through Ventura Park Elementary.  I am so sorry I am not able to say goodbye in person, but you will never be forgotten. Deuteronomy 31:6″

Why we love her: 

Always two steps ahead of anyone on any given day, Julie will go down in history as VP’s most treasured employee! From keeping the teachers afloat, to supporting her office staff, to working with families, Julie always does it with grace, professionalism, a smile, and a dash of humor on the side. She will be missed dearly by one, and all.

Previous Spotlights