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Commission Members
​Below are each of the commissioners.​​​​​​​​​​​

 

 

Lea M. Bates

I believe I have experience and knowledge from my 40 years as a classroom teacher that will be useful as we address the educational demands of the future generation of learners and educators. We must continue to provide challenging opportunities for our students to build their future on the best educational foundation available to… [continuation]​

Elementary Teacher

Executive Committee

2nd Term

1/1/2015 - 12/31/2017


 

Steven Bell

It is an honor and privilege to serve as a commissioner for the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission. I have been a public school teacher and administrator in Oregon and California, and in these roles have worked with perspective teachers in their preparation programs. I believe that educator licensure programs and the retention… [continuation]

Secondary Principal

1st Term

9/26/2016 - 12/31/2017


 

Judith C Brizendine

I have a great interest in being part of this commission. I bring several perspectives. The first is that of a third generation teacher in Oregon public schools. I love teaching and have worked, nearly thirty years, to set high standards for myself and my students. I have worked on many committees including "Onward to Excellence", … [continuation]

Elementary Teacher

Executive Committee

2nd Term

1/1/2015 - 12/31/2017


 

Annmarie Chesebro

I am interested in becoming a TSPC Commissioner to support rigorous standards for teacher preparation and licensure toward the benefit of Oregon's children and those who aspire to work in schools.

I grew up within the public school system in Western Montana and went on to study at Amherst College in… [continuation]

Public Representative

2nd Term

1/1/2016 - 12/31/2018


 

Olga Cobb

Education is the most valuable gift we can give our children and our communities. I am a firm believer of this statement and take pride in the work we do in our schools every day. It is a privilege for me to be part of the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission and I look forward to the work we do together to continue to provide… [continuation]

Elementary Principal

2nd Term

1/1/2015 - 12/31/2017


 

Alan Contreras

I have worked most of my life in or around higher education, including time with the University of Oregon, Oregon Community College Association and, from 1999-2011, as head of the state Office of Degree Authorization. I also spent three years with the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education. I currently work for the State… [continuation]

Public Representative

Executive Committee​

2nd Term

1/1/2018 - 12/31/2020


 

Mark Girod

My interest in becoming a Commissioner is to work toward high quality teaching and learning in Oregon schools, to support the development of children and education professionals, and to assure excellence in educator preparation.

I hold a Ph.D. in educational psychology from Michigan State University, a MS in special education… [continuation]

State College

2nd Term

1/1/2015 - 12/31/2017


 

Liliana H Jiminez

1. Why were/are you interested in becoming/being a Commissioner?

I am interested in being a commissioner because I think that TSPC has a crucial job in Oregon's education. We not only need to make sure that all children receive the best education that is available; but also that teachers have the necessary teaching skills… [continuation]

Elementary Teacher

2nd Term

1/1/2018 - 12/31/2020


 

Chris Kuka

Teaching was not my career goal when I graduated from the University of Montana with a B.S in Wildlife Biology in 1986. I expected to pursue my passion as a biologist, working to further positive environmental policies and legislation. Now, almost thirty years later, I realize that the classroom is exactly where I belong. As a high… [continuation]

Secondary Teacher

Vice-Chair

Executive Committee

2nd Term

1/1/2016 - 12/31/2018


 

 

Mary McKay

I am pleased and honored to have the opportunity to serve as a member of the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC). Having been a licensed educator for over 30 years, I am keenly aware of the vital role educators have in ensuring a high quality education for all Oregon students. I believe that TSPC is key in providing leadership… [continuation]

County School Superintendent

2nd Term

1/1/2017 - 12/31/2019


   

Marty R Perez

My interest in becoming a Commissioner stemmed from my passion to bring rigor, equity, perspective, and quality to the educational system in Oregon. My hope is to become part of a strong educational board that holistically creates a positive influence for the Teacher Standards and Practice Commission of Oregon.

My educational… [continuation]

Secondary Teacher

2nd Term

1/1/2017 - 12/31/2019


 

Edward Sage

I am interested in becoming a Commissioner because I long to have a broader and deeper understanding of public education. I also believe in service.

I graduated with a BA in English Literature from Swarthmore College and a MAT in Language Arts from Lewis and Clark College. I have been teaching English at Gresham High School… [continuation]

Secondary Teacher

2nd Term

1/1/2016 - 12/31/2018


 

Heidi A Sipe

It’s an honor to serve on the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission. I have served as a teacher, adjunct professor (for both teacher and administrator preparation programs), administrator, and school superintendent in Oregon. My varied experiences have allowed me numerous opportunities to work with TSPC from nearly every aspect… [continuation]

City School Superintendent

Chair

Executive Committee

2nd Term

1/1/2015 - 12/31/2017


 

Bruce Weitzel

My interest in becoming a member of TSPC stems from the same desire that has motivated my entire professional career as an educator -- to work with professional colleagues toward positively impacting the learning and growth of Oregon's P-12 educators and their students.

I received a bachelor's degree in secondary education and… [continuation]

Private College

Executive Committee

1st Term

11/20/2015 - 12/31/2017


 

Maureen Wolf

As school board members, it is critical that we understand what defines excellent teachers. We are called to be advocates for greater resources as well as effective stewards. Board members set policy that will support and drive innovative teaching and culturally relevant practices. The partnership between educators and school boards… [continuation]​

School Board Representative

1st Term

1/1/2017 - 12/31/2019


Continuing to Serve until Replaced

 

Jeff Matsumato

For the past 20 years, I have been in classrooms that range from early childhood education to high school. I currently teach third graders in Forest Grove. Receiving my teaching license from out of state, I know the conscientious nature TSPC has taken in transitioning educators into the profession here in Oregon. As a commissioner, I want to ensure that students of Oregon have the most qualified and effective teacher as possible and… [continuation]

Elementary Teacher

2nd Term

1/1/2014 – 12/31/2016

 

Kathleen Sundell

I am interested in being a TSPC Commissioner because I have always looked for a way to give back to my profession. My education experiences have honed my organizational skills as well as my adaptability, communication skills, collegiality and collaboration. I feel that serving on TSPC would give me an avenue to give back to my profession.

I have a B.S. Degree from Iowa State University and a M.S. Degree from… [continuation]​

Secondary Teacher

2nd Term

1/1/2014 – 12/31/2016


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