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Belle Koskela is an instructional coach and secondary teacher in the David Douglas School District, where she has worked since 2005. She has taught English, math, history and an Introduction to Interpretation course for bilingual high schoolers
in addition to mentoring new teachers and facilitating professional learning. She coordinated the district’s Equity Pilot with the Chalkboard Project using improvement science and is an adjunct professor at Lewis and Clark’s graduate teaching
Don Grotting joined the Beaverton School District in July 2016. He has served as a Superintendent in Oregon for the past 22 years, during which time, he has established himself as a leader in the state and national education arena as well
as the communities he serves. His dedication to students and their families is evident in his past work as a teacher and Superintendent in the Powers, Nyssa and David Douglas school districts. He was selected as Oregon Superintendent of
the Year in 2014.
Superintendent Grotting is the immediate past President of the Oregon Schools Athletic Association and has been a long-time member of its Executive Board. He previously served as an advisor to the State Board of Education, and was a member of Oregon Governor
Kate Brown’s Advisory Council on Education. Supt. Grotting is also known statewide and nationally for his work and leadership in early childhood education and Career Technical Education.1
Shannon Criss - current Superintendent of Harney ESD; Classroom teacher for for 10 years; 22 years as administrator in small districts; long time mentor of preservice teachers; is described as: having a phenomenal work ethic and “when needed, she will work an 80 hour week, as she travels as a contracted Administrator for 7 of our districts, one of which is 111 miles away and the others from 30 to 60 miles away. She is a dynamic and vision-oriented leader, a team builder, a thoughtful listener.
Cannon oversees state funding allocations, policy-setting, and coordination for Oregon’s higher education system, including community colleges and public universities. Cannon is a former teacher, state representative and education policy advisor to the Governor. Elected three times to the Oregon House of Representatives (2006-2011), he chaired House committees with jurisdiction over environment, energy, and water policy, and served on committees related to health care and education. From 2003 to 2011, he taught humanities to middle school students at the Arbor School of Arts and Education. He earned his BA from Washington University, St. Louis, and attended Oxford University, England, on a Rhodes Scholarship, earning graduate degrees in comparative and international education and philosophy, politics, and economics.
Miriam Calderon is the Early Learning System Director overseeing the Early Learning Division in Oregon. Before coming to Oregon, Miriam served as the Senior Director of Early Learning at the Bainum Family Foundation, where she shaped a new
$10 million dollar investment in a birth to three system for the District of Columbia. She also was a senior fellow with the BUILD Initiative, leading BUILD's work related to dual language learners, and serving as a faculty member for BUILD’s
Equity Leaders Action Network.
Previously, Calderon served as a political appointee in the Obama Administration, advising on early learning policy at the Domestic Policy Council at the White House and at the Department of Health and Human Services. She also served as the
Director of Early Childhood Education at DC Public Schools, where she oversaw Head Start and pre-kindergarten programs, including helping to implement universal pre-kindergarten in DC.
Calderon was also Associate Director of Education Policy at the National Council of La Raza, a Hispanic civil rights organization. There she focused specifically on early education policy for Hispanic and dual language learner children. She
began her career in early childhood working as a mental health consultant in Head Start programs in Portland, Oregon. She has published several reports on early childhood education. Calderon holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from
the University of Delaware and a Master of Social Work degree from Portland State University
Michelle Cardenas - Principal of Open School, Inc; taught in middle in high school in Newark, Trenton, and Brownsville Brooklyn; served 3 years as an educational leader in California; Her expertise comes from hands-on classroom experience in high-poverty schools, rigorous undergraduate and graduate study, and she draws on her own life experiences as a Latina daughter of immigrant parents navigating under-resourced schools.
Colt Gill is the Director of the Oregon Department of Education. He served previously as Oregon’s first Education Innovation Officer. In this position, he focused on improving graduation outcomes. He has been an Oregon educator since 1989,
most recently serving as superintendent of the Bethel School District in Eugene. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Oregon and has served on a number of boards and commissions relating to education and children’s health and
An educator for 25 years, Mark Girod is dean of the College of Education at Western Oregon University and president of the Oregon Association for Colleges of Teacher Education. He is Past President of the Oregon Association of Teacher Education
and served on the Oregon Coalition of Quality Teaching and Learning and the Oregon Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. He just completed two terms as a commissioner with the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission.
Roberto Gamboa - is currently the Director of Operations and Community Development for Euvalcree in Ontario; he is a First Generation Latinx Eastern Oregon born and raised son to two undocumented parents from Mexico; he has worked with ODE in developing SSA rule definitions and to convene with a state-wide partner group to advocate on behalf of BIPOC students across the state; member of Governor Brown’s Healthy Schools Reopening Council and is an active member of the Oregon Trail REN.
Bill Graupp (BSEE, Drexel University, MBA, Portland State University) is a DFM applications engineer at Mentor Graphics on the marketing team and has been in the semiconductor industry for 38 years. He also contributes to his community as
the Mayor of Aurora for five years and North Marion School District Board member for six years. Bill is the current board chair for the Oregon Future Business Leaders of America Foundation (OR-FBLA), delivering business curriculum to
over 2,000 high school students in Oregon. He currently serves on the Oregon Educators Benefit Board (OEBB) by governor’s appointment and recently completed the Oregon Leadership Institute with the Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA),
achieving platinum level of leadership training. A current project is creating a Career Technical Education (CTE) program for local high school students at the Aurora State Airport focused on aviation business careers.
Elena Barrato - is currently the Early Learning Community Navigator for the NW Early Learning Hub where she works at the intersection of social justice and education. She works with partners to implement family engagement strategies deeply rooted in equity, anti-racist practices, and culturally sustaining pedagogy. She has a deep understanding of Early childhood systems in Oregon as well as how early childhood and supports for young learners can work within the K-12 system.
Marvin Lynn has worked in the education field for 25 years, currently serving as dean of the Graduate School of Education at Portland State University. He is chair of the Legislation and Policy Subcommittee for the Oregon Association of Colleges
for Teacher Preparation and a commissioner for the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. Director Lynn became a teacher at age 22, and taught elementary school in New York City and in Chicago Public Schools.
Leah Dunbar - daughter of a life-long Special Education teacher; mother to four; identical twin sister to another passionate educator; a high school instructor; and recent graduate of the Educational Methodology, Policy and Leadership DEd program from UO, a Black-biracial high school teacher in Eugene, OR, of twenty years, and a member of Western REN; she incorporates her passion for racial and social justice in her academic curriculum and works to dismantles institutional racism within the public education system.
Michele Oakes serves as mentor program coordinator, professional advancement & support systems coordinator, and elementary writing coach at Bend-LaPine School District. A National Board Certified teacher, Chair Oakes has 25 years of experience
as a primary classroom teacher and instructional coach. She served as chair of the Governor’s Council on Educator Advancement and helped develop HB 2763, which provides reimbursement to teachers for the cost of achieving National Board Certification.
Martha Richards is executive director of the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, which provides $5 million annually to partnerships between nonprofit organizations and Oregon’s schools/districts to strengthen student learning. In addition, Director
Richards serves on the Executive and Development Committees of the Chalkboard Project, on the board of Foundations for a Better Oregon, and most recently, on the Governor’s Council on Educator Advancement. Raised in a family of educators,
Director Richards brings expertise in organizational development, management, and fundraising.
Anthony Rosilez is executive director of the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission, Oregon’s teacher licensing agency. Director Rosilez has held leadership roles both at the college level and at school districts. He most recently was
vice president of student and personnel services, and legal counsel at Klamath Community College. Before that, he was an assistant professor at California State University San Marcos. Previously, he served as superintendent at Romoland School
District in California and assistant superintendent at Harlem Consolidated School District 122 in Illinois.
Jenna Schadler is a grant liaison at North Clackamas School District, where she manages the district’s Collaboration Project. Director Schadler grew up in a family of educators and spent 10 years as an ELD specialist in elementary and middle
school. She has been part of the Governor’s Council on Educator Advancement since 2016 and serves as a leader in professional learning and mentoring other districts in implementing quality assessment practices.
Ardis Clark - member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, mother of three; teaches at the Warm Springs K-8 Academy as a grade 3-5 Math Success Coordinator, and is currently serving a second term on the Education Committee as current ChairPerson; she is an an experienced teacher and strong advocate for the need to diversify the educator workforce; she is also a member of Governor Brown’s Healthy Schools Reopening Council.
Melissa Wilk has taught in classrooms across the Willamette Valley and currently teaches 1st Grade for the Glide School District. As a first-generation college graduate, she received the Renaissance Foundation Scholarship while attending Lewis
and Clark Graduate School of Education. Melissa has taught early education up through adult learning while living in Central America and most recently, while commissioned by Fulbright in La Rioja, Spain. Wilk represents early educators on
the Site Council.
Lisa Longoria - currently the principal at Ontario Middle School, the same school and district she attended K-12th grades; she lives a strong equity stance and builds systems so that students can thrive and so that teachers have the best tools in their toolbox to reach, teach and inspire ALL students; her background and experiences will complement the council in making decisions in creating conditions for the empowerment, support, and diversification of Oregon’s educator workforce.
Nicholas Viles (Siletz) is an education specialist with the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians. He provides educational support to students in grades K-12 as well as students enrolled in colleges, universities, and vocational training programs.
He is an alumnus of the University of Oregon and Stanford University. His interests include indigenous language revitalization and instruction.
Senator Roblan represents Oregon's 5th Senate District, which includes counties along the Oregon coast (from Coos, Douglas, Lane, Lincoln and Tillamook) and parts of Polk and Yamhill counties.
Representative Susan McLain is a 5th generation Oregonian, raised on farms in the Willamette Valley. A graduate of Western Oregon University (formerly Oregon College of Education), Rep. McLain spent over 40 years teaching and coaching speech and debate in Hillsboro. In 2011, she was honored to receive a Crystal Apple award for outstanding local teachers from the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce. Rep. McLain recently received a national award for longevity and excellence as Glencoe High School’s Speech and Debate coach. After her election to the Oregon State House in 2014, Rep. McLain has been a legislative advocate for Oregon students, teachers, and schools.
Lindsey Capps is Oregon’s former Chief Education Officer and currently the Senior Education Policy Advisory to Governor Kate Brown. Director Capps was instrumental in
the creation of the Center for Great Public Schools, a hub for education policy, practice and research within the Oregon Education Association. He served as Chair of the statewide Coalition for Quality Teaching and Learning, and was an executive
committee member of the Oregon Leadership Network, an initiative of Education Northwest to improve educational equity in Oregon’s public schools.
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