SCHOOL BOARD RESOURCES
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FRSD BoardBook – School Board Meeting Minutes and Agendas
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SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS
Term Expires: 6/30/19
Term Expires: 6/30/21
Term Expires: 6/30/19
| Mark Boren
Term Expires: 6/30/21
Board Member Bios
Twinkle Morton (FRMS rep):
I am pleased to be your representative on the board for the 2017-18 year. I have been on the School Board since 2008 after working with the academic side of student athletes at the University of Oregon for 39 years. Before that I taught middle school in Eastern Montana for five years. My areas included sixth grade English and Readings classes, Title I classes, for 6th and 7th grade as well as some 6th grade math and science.
I retired to half time at the UO in 2008 and wanted to work for the schools in my area; I had the good fortune to be chosen to replace a board member who moved away at that time. I believe in the importance of teaching and the hard work teachers put in to reach their students. I am both a teacher advocate and student advocate. I have Bachelor of Science Degrees in Biology w/minor in Chemistry, in English, and in Education with a M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Brain Mechanisms in Reading.
I was born and raised in Billings, Montana, a town about the size of the current size Eugene. We moved to Veneta in 1998 to a muddy couple of floodplain acres and mosquitoes and settled into making our home. We have two wonderful dogs [both Greenhill Graduates] Stormy [male] and Gracie [female]. We now have extensive gardens and a small orchard in what once was stumps and clay.
I look forward to working with you to help make FRMS the very best place to work and learn in any way I can. It already has excellent, hard-working teachers- so this should be a great year. Contact me anytime at email@example.com or call my cell – 541-915-9367. Also, if you would like to know my position on various issues in the district, check out my web page at http://www.fernridge.k12.or.us/tmorton/ and location is also above my board picture on the board page. “Twinkle’s page”
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Andrea Larson (EHS Rep):
I have been a FRSD board member since January, 2008, when I was appointed to fill a vacant position and have since been elected for three additional 4-year terms. I did not join the board because I had an agenda; I come from a family that believes strongly in being an active member of one’s community and believed that my educational and professional background would help me make a positive contribution.
I work for the University of Oregon in the Office of Institutional Research, an administrative unit that provides data and analyses for campus decision makers, as well as legislators, the media, and many other entities that want information about the UO and higher education in general. We are also responsible for all mandatory reporting to state and federal agencies and assist academic units with their mandatory reporting to their accrediting bodies, so I believe I have a good understanding of the amount of reporting that Oregon school districts are required to do, as well as the frustrations that go along with it, such as poorly communicated and ever-changing instructions and deadlines. I have worked in this office since 1998 when my husband and I relocated from Austin, Texas after I completed my graduate degree at the University of Texas (I have a master’s degree in developmental psychology). Prior to that, we lived in the Redding and Sacramento, California areas.
I grew up outside of Eagle River, Alaska, but graduated from high school in California after spending my junior and senior years recovering from the culture and temperature shock of moving from Alaska to one of the hottest places in the nation.
I have one child who attends Elmira High School, and she has been a student in the district since she started kindergarten at Veneta Elementary (in Mrs. Cutsforth’s inaugural year). A challenge that comes with being a school board member with a child in your district is having to walk a fine line between pushing for things that will benefit your child and being sure that those things are what are best for all of the children in the district. I believe that I have done a good job of doing this, and hope that those who know me would agree.
My mother was a high school English teacher, so I am very aware of how many hours teachers really put in, and actively challenge those who suggest differently. I believe that public K-12 educators are among the most underappreciated and important individuals in our society, and I am proud to be able to support the FRSD staff so that they can achieve excellence in providing our students with the quality education that will prepare them for full and successful lives.
I have spent time as a volunteer in the schools over the years and make every effort to attend events, performances, and fundraisers at every school. I am delighted by and extremely proud of our students and thank you for making it possible for me to serve them.
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Sterling Pew(D.O. & WLTLC rep):
Sterling has been married to Charlene Pew for thirty years. Sterling and Char have three children that attended all thirteen years of school in the Fern Ridge School District and they graduated from Elmira High School.
Sterling Pew started working in the construction field for John Wells Construction Company in Anchorage, Alaska in October 1983 and continued working for John until December 1986, at which time he returned to the State of Oregon. Upon his return Sterling worked for a few other construction companies until he started working for Scott Rude Construction in April of 1989 until Scott closed his business in September 2012. Sterling worked for a short time as the Construction Manager for the Junction City/Harrisburg Habitat for Humanity helping to build houses for those in need. Sterling is currently employed with Square Deal Lumber in Springfield, Oregon where he is the Assistant General Manager.
Sterling has volunteered in the Fern Ridge Community for many years. Sterling started his volunteer career in 1998 as Soccer Director for the Territorial Sports Program. In 2005 he was voted as President of TSP and he held that position until June 2010 at which time he resigned as President, but continued to maintain a position on the executive board which oversees all of the financial aspects of the organization. Commencing in June 2007, Sterling was elected to the Fern Ridge School Board and he continues as a board member today. Sterling has held the position of vice chair and chair during his tenure on the board. In 2008 Sterling was chosen to be a part of the first Ford Family Foundation Leadership Training class in the Fern Ridge Community. This leadership class had to select a community project, fundraise for the project and complete the project within one year. Thanks to this leadership class, the Fern Ridge Community received the reader board that currently sits at the Fire Station in Veneta. Sterling was awarded the Man of the Year award by the Veneta Chamber of Commerce in 2014 and in December 2016, Sterling was elected as President for TSP once again.
In addition to Sterling’s job and volunteer activities, he is a woodworker and enjoys building things. He designs and builds awards for his wife’s barrel racing activities in his spare time.
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Mark Boren (EES Rep):
I am the newest member of the board, winning the race for position #4 in the May election. I grew up in the Bethel School District and graduated from Willamette High School. I met my wonderful wife in a P.E. class my freshman year and we have been together the last 35 plus years. We moved to Veneta about 27 years ago and raised 5 children that all went through the Fern Ridge School District. Our oldest two daughters went to Central Elementary. When our youngest two were in 4th and 1st grades, Central closed and they finished at Veneta. We also had a young man (whom we consider our son) live with us for his Junior and Senior years at Elmira after going to Elmira Elementary and FRMS.
I started volunteering with Lane County Fire District #1 in 1997 and was fortunate enough to get hired full time in 2003 as the Training Officer. I am now one of two Training Officers for Lane Fire Authority and am stationed on Sundays at our Irving-area Station and Monday through Thursday in Veneta. Over the past 14 years, I have served on both local and state fire training executive committees.
I enjoy doing volunteer work in the community such as; SMART reader at Veneta Elementary, 5th grade outdoor school, sideline helper with Elmira JV and Varsity football, assistant coach Elmira boys basketball, and in the past, FRSD Budget Committee and TSP School Rep and coach.
Prior to working for Lane Fire Authority, I worked as a special education Instructional Assistant with the Lane ESD for 15 years, working mostly in a high school setting. While working in the schools, I also umpired High School fastpitch softball and adult slowpitch softball in the area. This allowed me to utilize conflict resolution strategies with adult coaches and players. I had the opportunity to work three slowpitch National Championships; Women’s Major in Salem, OR, Men’s Major in Waterloo, Iowa, and the Men’s “A” in Dothan, Alabama.
My coaching and Fire/EMS background has allowed me to see the big picture, as well as the needs of individual instruction and growth. I am very excited to be on the board and look forward to serving the students of this district for the next four years and hopefully beyond that.
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