Board of Directors

The Board of Directors oversees all school operations, including setting school-wide goals; setting policies and procedures, making all hiring decisions, and setting the budget and ensuring the financial health of the school.

Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend monthly board meetings, which begin at 6:00 p.m. and are held at Clackamas Community College at the DeJardin Building in room 233. Please note: the DeJardin building is the glass building on the south side of campus (closest to Highway 213) and directly across from the soccer fields.

The agendas will be posted and available prior to the meetings and minutes will be posted online.  See the School Calendar for meeting dates and the Board News Page for agendas and minutes.

Board meeting procedures include:
  1. All board meetings will be posted on the calendar for the entire upcoming school year.
  2. Agendas will be posted 48 hours prior to each meeting, both in hard copy at the school and electronically on the website.
  3. Meeting minutes will be approved by the board at the next month’s meeting, and then posted approximately one week after that on the website.
  4. In order to facilitate community involvement, the public comment section of each board meeting has been moved to the beginning of the agenda.
  5. A time limit of 3 minutes per individual will be enforced to ensure that the Board can hear public comment at the outset and still proceed through that month’s agenda items without delay.
  6. If students wish to attend and speak at a board meeting, it is requested that the student (or parent) notify the Board chair at least 48 hours in advance, so that the location of the meeting can be changed to the school.
  7. Input sessions, surveys and other opportunities for obtaining families’ input, such as facilitated input sessions, will be scheduled on an as-needed basis to supplement the opportunity for public comment at board meetings.

Board Members for 2018-2019

 

Board Chair: Genevieve Sheesley | boardchair@springwaterschool.com


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Devon Sommer | 
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Devon Sommer is the father of two current Springwater students (Mason & Kaitlyn) and a former one (Collin). He and his wife Kristi are transplants from the midwest and have lived in Oregon City since 1998. Devon has degrees in Chemistry and is a Forensic Scientist for the Oregon State Police. He is active in Oregon City youth sports, particularly the youth lacrosse program where he is the acting president. In his free time, he enjoys being outside with his family and especially his German shorthaired pointer, Rambo. He is looking forward to working with the board to continue to build on the foundation of this wonderful school.

 

Tina Marquez | tinam@springwaterschool.com

Tina Marquez has lived in Oregon since1994 with her husband Fred (an Oregon native), they have one impassioned son Kai who is thriving in the Springwater community.  Tina grew up in a small farm town in Iowa, she then moved to sunny Phoenix Arizona where she earned an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and has taught Preschool in Oregon for more than 20 years.   She recently was fortunate enough to take a position at the Springwater Preschool. Some of her favorite times with children are watching their wonder in exploring nature, seeing them develop their sense of independence, and learning through hands on experiences.

Tina loves Springwater’s out of the box thinking and Collaborative approach to learning where parents and teachers act as partners.   During her free time Tina loves to bake yummy deserts and try new recipes. She enjoys camping at Mt. Hood National Forest with her family, going to the beach, walking her dog Jack, and dabbling in amateur beekeeping. Tina is excited to be part of the Springwater Community.

 

Tory Blackwell | toryb@springwaterschool.com

After serving in the U.S. Army and completing a bachelor of science degree, Tory Blackwell received his doctoral degree in molecular and cellular biology from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2006. He then spent 6 years in basic research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2012, he decided to move into higher education, becoming a biology instructor at Clackamas Community College. At that time he also became a member of the Springwater community as he and his wife Heidi have two children, Colin and Gavin, that attend the school. At Clackamas, Tory is a member of the Instructional Standards and Procedures committee, the STEM working group, has been on the faculty senate, and collaborates with Portland State University as the Clackamas faculty coordinator for the BUILD-EXITO program. Tory is passionate about making science education, especially high quality science education, accessible to all and hopes to help support and advance the excellent science-based instruction currently available at Springwater.

 

Chelsea Hamilton | chelseah@springwaterschool.com

Chelsea Hamilton is the mother of two current Springwater students, and one Springwater Alum! (Dragonfly Annabelle, River Otter Oliver and now OCHS atendee, vanE)  Evan, vanE, was fortunate enough to be drawn into Springwater his kinder year, we are going on 10 years at this wonderful school! Chelsea and her husband Randall have lived in Oregon City their whole lives. Both attended OC elementary schools, middle schools and graduated from Oregon City High School. Chelsea has a degree in Sociology from University of Oregon. She is employed by Clackamas County Children Youth and Families Division as the Early Learning System Coordinator. Through her work with this program she strives to ensures all parents in Clackamas County with children birth to 8 years old have easy access to high quality parenting education programs and workshops. Chelsea has worked in the field of parenting education for nearly a decade. Her work at the county also involves fostering strong partnerships with community organizations. In what little spare time she has, Chelsea enjoys singing, dancing, crafting and local adventures with her kids. She has spent many hours hiking Metro on Friday mornings and enjoys (almost) every minute of it! Being welcomed onto the Springwater board is an exciting opportunity to be more involved and as I have 8 more years to go with this wonderful school, the timing couldn’t be better!

 

Justin Bearden | justinb@springwaterschool.com

Born and raised an Oregonian, Justin Bearden received his education while growing up in West Linn and graduating from Lakeridge Highschool in 2002. With a passion for physics, engineering and computer science Justin started his journey as an entrepreneur and business owner right out of school. Soon after heading into a career of Construction Management for over a decade learning the Project management and leadership skills that would advance his current creative business mindset. “Building the bridges we drive over everyday, fish ladders that ensure the life cycle of our native fish, and the local treatment plants that service our drinking and waste water was an achievement for me and strengthened my drive to be a part of how the Pacific North West continues to grow while keeping our environment safe.” In 2015 Bearden took to the business world again by starting Industrial PDX, a new age contracting construction company. Justin has his eyes set on a goal of changing the world and is determined to be involved in pretty much anything that will affect the future of our environment and our forthcoming generations. Justin and his wife Monique have two awesome boys Kingston & Tytan, that are thriving with the academics and community at Springwater. As a family they enjoy hiking, camping, and exploring with their dog Zen any chance they get. “Visiting places that have been minimally impacted by humans and that have been preserved over the years is what we love most. Nature is beautiful and we all need to respect it forever as our civilization expands. We love being a part of the Springwater Community and I hope to bring many positive impacts to Springwater with my time as a board member. We are innovating the future of Springwater and every decision is so important. We hope to see this amazing institution do nothing but thrive with the evolution of our children and their surroundings.”

 

Holly Johnston | hollyj@springwaterschool.com

 

 

 

 

Mali Geister | malig@springwaterschool.com

Cinda Scott | cindas@springwaterschool.com

 

If you have not had a chance to personally meet any of our board members take a moment to say Hi or just give a good old Hi-Five!