The Coordinating Body consists of majority teachers and other key community stakeholders who represent our region
SB182 defines various requirements for representatives that must be included in the Coordinating Body. In addition to the requirement of a majority teachers, it defines various stakeholders from the community; such as, school board members, community based education organizations, state agencies, tribes, etc. This is to ensure that we have diverse perspectives involved in the decision making process, working collaboratively to improve the systems for teachers across the region.
Dr. Cheryl Proctor
Dr. Cheryl Proctor is an educational leader with a track record of building opportunity and disrupting barriers to joyful learning for students. Dr. Proctor joins PPS as the Chief Academic Officer.
Dr. Proctor leads the Office of Teaching and Learning, which includes PK-5 Academics, Middle School Academics, High School Academics/College & Career Readiness, and Academic Programs, focused on accelerating progress to provide every PPS student with a “rigorous, high-quality academic learning experience that is inclusive and joyful.”
Cheryl previously worked with the School District of Philadelphia, the 18th largest public district in the country, where she has served as Assistant Superintendent. In her current role, Dr. Proctor supports high school principals to drive academic achievement through instructional improvement. She first joined the district’s central office in 2016 as Executive Director of the School Improvement Planning and Evidence-based Support Office, providing leadership and guidance to school leaders in the planning and implementation of programs geared to increase student achievement, especially for Philadelphia’s predominantly Black student population. Before her time in Philadelphia, Dr. Proctor enjoyed a 17-year career with Broward County Public Schools (Florida), where she served in school leadership roles for more than ten years.
An accomplished academic, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Communication, with a minor in Advertising, from the New York Institute of Technology; a Master of Science in Special Education, with a minor in Reading, from Florida International University; and Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership and Research Methodology, with a minor in Education Policy, from Florida Atlantic University.
Robi Osborn is currently the Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning at Clackamas Education Service District (CESD). She has been in education for over 26 years as an educational assistant, classroom teacher, elementary and middle school administrator, and social studies content specialist.
Amy Chapin is entering her seventh year as a physical education, health, and leadership teacher at Molalla River Middle School in the Molalla River School District. This past spring she served in a TOSA position supporting the counseling department. She has been involved in the school and district level leadership teams as a teacher representative for the past four years, including the district equity team and district improvement team.
Theresa Just is entering her eighth year as an elementary learning specialist in a resource room setting in the North Clackamas School District. Prior to receiving her teaching license, she worked as an instructional assistant in Title I and special education programs for five years in NCSD. Theresa is a member of her district’s Affinity Group for BIPOC educators, and a member of the MCREN Coordinating Body.
Ben Baldizon has worked in education for over 15 years across the K-16 system. His experience includes being an educational assistant, bilingual liaison, tutor, and SUN manager as well as working to support teams of educators in increasing racial educational equity. He is currently the Associate Director, Partnership & System Development at All Hands Raised.
Kathy Childress is currently the principal of Corbett High School. She previously worked as a science teacher in Lake Oswego and Gresham-Barlow schools for over 27 years. Her experience at Gresham High School included coordinating the International Baccalaureate program and coaching soccer.
Jessica Classen has been in education since 2006. She’s spent the last three years as a New Teacher Mentor in the David Douglas School District, and prior to that, taught multiple levels of ELA at David Douglas High School. In addition to her work at David Douglas, Jessica serves at the regional and state level as a member of the Coordinating Body of the Multnomah/Clackamas REN and as a TSPC commissioner. She also taught at the now-shuttered University of Phoenix MAT program for nine years. She initially received her MAT from Concordia University and later completed the Reading Specialist program there. She also received the Oregon Writing Project’s Certificate in the Teaching of Writing from Lewis and Clark
Rebecca Jones is coming into her 17th year in education and 13th year in the Parkrose School District. She has served as a TOSA Reading Specialist, 1st through 6th grade teacher, DATA coach, and professor.
Bekah Sabzalian has worked in education for over twelve years in Oregon. Her education experience spans the nonprofit sector, teaching elementary and middle grades in North Portland and education-focused philanthropy. Each position she’s held has been centered on strengthening education equity and racial justice in Oregon’s public schools. She is currently the Equitable Education Portfolio Program Officer with Meyer Memorial Trust.
Michael is in the seventh year of elementary education, working in both the Centennial and Gresham-Barlow School Districts. Formerly a fourth and fifth grade teacher, he is now a Behavior TOSA at Hall Elementary in GBSD. He has been a perennial member of the school’s leadership team and served as the building’s liaison to the Right Brain Initiative. Additionally, he is member of the Racial Equity Education team. Working closely with All Hands Raised, this team makes data driven decisions to eliminate inequities in student discipline and increase attendance and student engagement for minorities through systematic changes and targeted professional development.</span>
Muhammad Rahman is entering his 11th year as an educator in the David Douglas School District, 8 of those years reaching kids in Algebra/Geometry, Social Studies/US History, and Historical Film. He is currently working in multiple avenues on issues, policy, and actions that focus on Equity and culturally sustaining pedagogy as a David Douglas Equity Sub Committee Board Member, Lead Facilitator -Equity Team at Floyd Light Middle School, and Distinguished Educators Council. Basketball and reading are life! I will coach again
Matt Wilensky has been an upper elementary educator for 9 years and has worked in Hawaii, Florida, and Oregon. He is entering his 4th year of teaching in the Estacada School District as a 4th grade and 4th/5th blend teacher. He has served on his school’s leadership team for the past two years.
Amanda Kassab Johnson is in her twelfth year of teaching. She has experience teaching at multiple elementary grade levels, as an ELD Specialist and as an Instructional Coach in Florida and Oregon. She is currently teaching fifth grade in the Centennial School District. For the last three years she has participated on the district MTSS/Equity team and well as taking leadership roles within her school.
Gustavo Olvera currently serves as the Interim Dean of Education at Warner Pacific University. He previously worked as a district office and building administrator in the Hillsboro School District. His experience includes being a bilingual teacher, bi-literacy coach, English language acquisition specialist, and instructional coach in the Salem-Keizer School District. His work in the field of education expands from P-12 to higher education serving as an assistant professor of education and teacher candidate supervisor.
Kayla Longanecker is entering her eighth year as an elementary school teacher for Davis Elementary School in Reynolds School district. She has a love of the arts and always works to incorporate that into her teaching. She is continuously questioning her teaching practices and working towards dismantling racist systems by advocating for change within her district.
Gabe Hunter-Bernstein has worked in education for over forty years in New York, Massachusetts, California, and Oregon in positions ranging from teaching preschool and elementary, directing professional development in arts education, directing a teacher education program, directing k-12 education-related programs at a community college, to his present position as School Partnership Director at Portland State University College of Education.
Mayra is currently the Executive Director of Teaching and Learning in North Clackamas School District. As an administrator, she has held the positions of assistant principal at Reynolds High School and Federal Programs Coordinator at Centennial School District as well as Director of College and Career Readiness in West Linn-Wilsonville School District. In the community she holds the position of Board Chair for the Gresham-Barlow School Board and Board member of El Programa Hispano and the Oregon Association of Latino Administrators (OALA).