Dominique Forrest, a 2006 graduate of St. Andrew Nativity, is teaching math and science at his old school. (Nick Wiltgen/St. Andrew Nativity School)
Dominique Forrest, a 2006 graduate of St. Andrew Nativity, is teaching math and science at his old school. (Nick Wiltgen/St. Andrew Nativity School)
Dominique Forrest, a 2006 graduate, grew up in Beaverton with his mom and two older brothers. After school, he played football and so went home on MAX, where he finished much of his homework. Despite the tough commute, he loved the small class sizes. Sports teams were so small that he was able to play a lot of minutes. At Nativity, Forrest found confidence.

After graduating from Jesuit High School, he was recruited to play football for Linfield College. Forrest was drawn to the small school and majored in business management. After college graduation, he played professional football in Germany. After returning to Portland, he was coaching at Jesuit when he decided he wanted to earn a master’s degree in education through the University of Portland’s Pacific Alliance for Catholic Education (PACE) program. When a math and science teacher position opened up at Nativity, he applied as a PACE teacher. He got the job and started teaching at Nativity last month.

Alicia Tillery, who graduated from Nativity in 2008, attended Central Catholic. Then she moved 3,000 miles to attend Iona College in New Rochelle, New York. There, she majored in business administration with a concentration in marketing. After graduating from Iona, she returned to Portland to start a job search. She reached out to Nativity’s Graduate Support Department, which put her in contact with Dennis Reese, a mentor. Tillery updated her resume and cover letter, engaged in mock interviews and received career advice. Her hard work paid off when a development associate position opened up at Nativity. She got the job, becoming the first Nativity graduate to work at the school.