Our Board Of Directors

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Welcome to Seven Peaks School!

We are an independent, federally tax-exempt, non-profit school governed by a Board of Directors. I and my fellow Board members are responsible for:

 

·  Supporting, hiring and evaluating the Head of School.

·  Refining and upholding the school’s mission, vision and values.

·  Setting the strategic direction and priorities for the school.

·  Overseeing organizational performance.

·  Ensuring the fiduciary health of the school.

 

I am in the second year of my three-year term. Each May we hold officer elections and I am honored to be chosen as President for the next 12-months.

 

I feel very fortunate that we discovered Seven Peaks when my family moved to Bend. My children are thriving, chasing their natural curiosity, going beyond what they thought they could do, and wanting to help others. Likewise, my wife and I enjoy friendships we have created in the supportive school community.

 

If I can answer questions the role of the Board or my experience at Seven Peaks—or if you’re looking for a pick-up basketball game—please don’t hesitate to contact me!

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SAM ADAMS

Associate Head of School

sadams@sevenpeaksschool.org

Education:

MLitt, PhD, University of St. Andrews, Scotland

MAT, Fuller Theological Seminary

BA, Communication Studies, Westmont College

Why SPS: Seven Peaks is a friendly community that feels more like family than a workplace. What makes it so enjoyable as an educator is that everyone here is committed to the purpose of education and passionate about doing what we do well.

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MEREDITH BLUNDA

Education:

M.A.T in Elementary Education from American University

B.A., Magna Cum Laude in Sociology from Wake Forest University

Why SPS: Seven Peaks truly feels like a family. Due to our low student-to-teacher ratio, I am able to really get to know each of my kids and their wonderful families. My passion is IB education, so I am thrilled to bring this amazing program to the SPS community!

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CHRISSY BOYD

5th Grade Teacher 

mblunda@sevenpeaksschool.org

Education:

MA in Elementary Education, Allegheny College

BA in Psychology, Allegheny College

Why SPS: I love the small class sizes and parent involvement. I also love my awesome co-workers!!

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KRISTEN BRANNEN

Education:

MA, Teaching - George Fox University

B.S. in Sociology - Portland State University

Why SPS: Seven Peaks School is a very special place to me. I have grown up as a teacher here. I have had incredible mentors, taught wonderful children, connected with fantastic families and always felt I was a part of something very special. I have watched my own children grow up at Seven Peaks and it is because of this school that they are the curious, kind, empathetic, giving, hardworking children that they are. I wouldn’t want to teach anywhere else!

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KELLY FLYNN

Education:

Master of Counseling – Oregon State University, Cascades Campus

B.A., English – Southern Oregon University

Why SPS: I value working with a passionate team of people who are incredibly talented and infinitely generous in their capacities as both educators and members of the SPS family. Likewise, Seven Peaks’ students love learning. Bearing witness to their enthusiasm and hard work is inspiring!

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EMILY FRIDAE

Education:

B.A. in Art History/Graphic Design from Northern Arizona University

Why SPS: I love meeting new families and supporting the growth of our SPS children.

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GALA GAINES

Education:

M.Ed., Early Childhood/Elementary - Oregon State University Cascades Campus

B.A., Political Science and International Relations - University of Colorado Boulder

Why SPS: I love working at Seven Peaks because of the fabulous teachers, students, and parents! The small class sizes and abundant resources allow me to be creative with my teaching inside and outside of the classroom. If you can dream it, at Seven Peaks you can do it!

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JACOB GONZALES

7th-8th Grade Math Teacher

jgonzales@sevenpeaksschool.org

Education:

B.S., Chemistry – University of Oregon

Why SPS: The students. Everything I have experienced here tell me that SPS students will be ready to be challenged. Additionally (pun intended) I am really excited to get to know the students, share in their interests, and make connections from the classroom to their individual interests, our community, and the world.

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PAUL HARRELL

Education:

M.Ed. - University of Louisville

B.S., Mathematics - University of Minnesota

Why SPS: I work with a team of dedicated, enthusiastic people focused daily on the students' growth. Who could ask for more.

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ALICIA HAYDEN

2nd/3rd Grade Teacher

ahayden@sevenpeaksschool.org

Education:

M.A., Educational Leadership - University of Oregon

B.A., Educational Studies with Departmental Honors - University of Oregon

Why SPS: I like working at Seven Peaks because the staff is talented and inspired. The students and families are kind and take education seriously. I also enjoy Seven Peaks because I have opportunities to grow and learn as an educator. I am excited about becoming a PYP school and believe it is an inspiring and effective way to educate.

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TRACY JENSON

Director of Admissions

tjenson@sevenpeaksschool.org

Education:

Reading Endorsement – Portland State

Teaching Credential and CLAD Endorsement – JFK University

B.A., Telecommunications - Pepperdine 

Why SPS: I feel very fortunate to be a part of the Seven Peaks family. I value the close-knit, supportive community that is at the heart of our school. Seven Peaks provides an amazing learning community where every child feels safe to take risks, share their thinking, and grow academically, emotionally and socially.

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RODNEY KOPISH

7th-8th Grade Science Teacher 

rkopish@sevenpeaksschool.org

Education:

PhD level courses in Immunotoxicology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

B.S., Bacteriology and B.A., Secondary Education - University of Wisconsin-Madison

Why SPS: Seven Peaks offers a community feel where each individual (faculty, staff, student, parent) is valued for their unique contribution to the group. The professional freedom and trust afforded us as educators is a rarity but is what inspires me to do my part to ensure a bright future for my students.

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MEGAN KRUER

7th-8th Grade Language and Lit Teacher

mkruer@sevenpeaksschool.org

Education:

PhD, Romance Studies (French) – Cornell University

B.A., Comparative Literature and French – Emory University

Why SPS: The mission of SPS aligns with what I believe students need to excel as learners. Coming from a college background, I am especially excited to bring the SPS mission to life working with 7th and 8th grade students and will strive to make a lifelong impact on their educational trajectory.

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HOPE MACAULEY

IB MYP Coordinator / Visual Arts 7th-8th

hmacauley@sevenpeaksschool.org

Education:

M.A., Education, Eastern Oregon University

B.S., Visual Arts, Eastern Oregon University

Why SPS: I have found an incredible community here. It is a team of teachers, administration, and families all working together to create the best education we can. I feel that we are set up for success as teachers with the smaller class sizes and parent involvement. At Seven Peaks being smart is cool and it makes teaching here a privilege.

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PATRICK O’BRIEN

7th-8th Grade I&S Teacher

pobrien@sevenpeaksschool.org

Education:

B.A. – Laurentian University

B.E. – Queen’s University

Why SPS: Concept based inquiry empowers students to prompt their own learning and gives them the flexibility to make connections to their local, regional, global experiences. It allows students to express their own curiosities in the world around them and make connections that will allow them to broaden their intercultural awareness. The IB program at Seven Peaks will prepare "the whole child" by developing skills that can be generalized and applied to education, jobs and careers. It is a philosophy that resonates with me and I am honored to be both a teacher and a parent of the Seven Peaks community.

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J.J. RILEY

Physical Development Teacher

jriley@sevenpeaksschool.org

Education:

M.A., Coaching and Athletic Administration - Concordia University

B.A., Physical Education w/ an Emphasis in Sports Medicine - Pepperdine University

Why SPS: I like being at Seven Peaks because there is a true sense of unity and direction of where we want to go. The staff truly cares about our students/families, each other, and this community. There is a great vision in place and the leadership is strong!

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NICOLE RILEY

Director of Marketing & Communications

nriley@sevenpeaksschool.org

Education:

BA in Communication Studies, Westmont College

Why SPS: Seven Peaks truly feels like a family. Due to our low student-to-teacher ratio, I am able to really get to know each of my kids and their wonderful families. My passion is IB education, so I am thrilled to bring this amazing program to the SPS community!

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MARIAH RUNK

PK-5th Grade Music Teacher

mrunk@sevenpeaksschool.org

Education:

M.A., Curriculum and Instruction – Concordia University

B.A., Elementary Education, Minor in Music – Whitworth University

Why SPS: I am excited to work with the amazing staff and students at Seven Peaks! It is clear that there is a strong and supportive community at this school and I am looking forward to being a part of it!

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CHARLENE SANTUCCI

Visual Arts Teacher PK-6th Grade

csantucci@sevenpeaksschool.org

Education:

Graduate Diploma, Christian Studies - Regent College

B.A., Sociology - Seattle Pacific University;

Numerous art classes at the undergraduate and graduate levels

Why SPS: I love the small class sizes and the emphasis on wholistic learning. Being able to work at a school that supports not only the academics but also the arts and learning outside the traditional classroom is a dream.

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MARY ANN VIDOUREK

6th-8th Grade Band Teacher

mvidourek@sevenpeaksschool.org

Education:

Masters in Conducting – Southern Oregon University

B.A., Elementary Education with a Music Minor – Ohio State University

Why SPS: I am excited to teach young people how to play an instrument and further the performance skills of those who are not beginners. I believe Seven Peaks to be a school where students and parents are invested in their education and that alone is a recipe for success in a music program.

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MIKE WANGER

Education:

M.A., Special Education – New Mexico Highlands University

B.A., Economics – The College of William & Mary

Why SPS: I look forward to the close-knit community feel that can be created in the classroom and with families throughout the school. Additionally, I look forward to having the opportunity to use my teaching craft to meet students at their individual learning levels and learn from such talented colleagues at the school.

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JORDAN WATTS

Kindergarten Teacher

jwatts@sevenpeaksschool.org

Education:

M.A., Human Development and Education – University of Colorado at Denver

B.S., Human Development and Family Studies – Colorado State University

Why SPS: Seven Peaks aligns with my approach to learning and experience in independent schools. I am looking forward to getting to know my new students and their families.

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JAMIE WENGER

6h Grade Lang & Lit/I&S Teacher

jwenger@sevenpeaksschool.org

Education:

M.A, International Education - College of New Jersey satellite campuses 

Teacher Certification Program - Creighton University

B.S., Anthropology – University of Utah

Why SPS: I love working at Seven Peaks because of our wonderful families. Working with the kids of the caring and involved parents of our community is a pleasure. Also, the small class sizes and ample plan time of my schedule allow me to realistically do my job well.

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PAUL HARRELL

Education:

M.Ed. - University of Louisville

B.S., Mathematics - University of Minnesota

Why SPS: I work with a team of dedicated, enthusiastic people focused daily on the students' growth. Who could ask for more.

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ALICIA HAYDEN

2nd/3rd Grade Teacher

ahayden@sevenpeaksschool.org

Education:

M.A., Educational Leadership - University of Oregon

B.A., Educational Studies with Departmental Honors - University of Oregon

Why SPS: I like working at Seven Peaks because the staff is talented and inspired. The students and families are kind and take education seriously. I also enjoy Seven Peaks because I have opportunities to grow and learn as an educator. I am excited about becoming a PYP school and believe it is an inspiring and effective way to educate.

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TRACY JENSON

Director of Admissions

tjenson@sevenpeaksschool.org

Education:

Reading Endorsement – Portland State

Teaching Credential and CLAD Endorsement – JFK University

B.A., Telecommunications - Pepperdine 

Why SPS: I feel very fortunate to be a part of the Seven Peaks family. I value the close-knit, supportive community that is at the heart of our school. Seven Peaks provides an amazing learning community where every child feels safe to take risks, share their thinking, and grow academically, emotionally and socially.

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RODNEY KOPISH

7th-8th Grade Science Teacher 

rkopish@sevenpeaksschool.org

Education:

PhD level courses in Immunotoxicology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

B.S., Bacteriology and B.A., Secondary Education - University of Wisconsin-Madison

Why SPS: Seven Peaks offers a community feel where each individual (faculty, staff, student, parent) is valued for their unique contribution to the group. The professional freedom and trust afforded us as educators is a rarity but is what inspires me to do my part to ensure a bright future for my students.

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LORI DRGASTIN

Assistant Office Manager 

ldrgastin@sevenpeaksschool.org

Education:

PhD, Romance Studies (French) – Cornell University

B.A., Comparative Literature and French – Emory University

Why SPS: The mission of SPS aligns with what I believe students need to excel as learners. Coming from a college background, I am especially excited to bring the SPS mission to life working with 7th and 8th grade students and will strive to make a lifelong impact on their educational trajectory.

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KERRY TRUELL

IB MYP Coordinator / Visual Arts 7th-8th

hmacauley@sevenpeaksschool.org

Education:

M.A., Education, Eastern Oregon University

B.S., Visual Arts, Eastern Oregon University

Why SPS: I have found an incredible community here. It is a team of teachers, administration, and families all working together to create the best education we can. I feel that we are set up for success as teachers with the smaller class sizes and parent involvement. At Seven Peaks being smart is cool and it makes teaching here a privilege.

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AMY RAY

7th-8th Grade I&S Teacher

pobrien@sevenpeaksschool.org

Education:

B.A. – Laurentian University

B.E. – Queen’s University

Why SPS: Concept based inquiry empowers students to prompt their own learning and gives them the flexibility to make connections to their local, regional, global experiences. It allows students to express their own curiosities in the world around them and make connections that will allow them to broaden their intercultural awareness. The IB program at Seven Peaks will prepare "the whole child" by developing skills that can be generalized and applied to education, jobs and careers. It is a philosophy that resonates with me and I am honored to be both a teacher and a parent of the Seven Peaks community.

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