Staff and Board

Dallas Community School Staff

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Bill Conlon, Interim School Director
Bill lives in Silverton, Oregon with his wife and three dogs: Lucy, Ricky, and James. His career in education has spanned 38 years during which he has served as a teacher, central office administrator, and high school principal, primarily in alternative and special education settings. In his free time, Bill keeps busy with home improvement projects, reading, and cruising around in Gold Fire, his Mazda Speed Miata. Throughout his career, Bill has taught preschool through post-graduate classes in Montana and Oregon, including teaching driver’s education for Chemeketa Community College. He earned his MA degree from the University of Montana and his School Administration Endorsements from Lewis and Clark College.

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Andrea Wilcoxon, Office Manager
20150805_094113-1Andrea was born in Seattle, Washington and came to Oregon when she turned 19. She has always loved Oregon’s forests, beaches and small towns. Dallas has been a perfect fit for Andrea, her husband Jim, and their 5 children. Since moving here, two of their children have graduated from DHS. They currently have one child attending DHS, one at LaCreole and one at Whitworth.

Andrea took classes for office administration when she first moved to Salem, but being an at home mom took precedence. Managing the household and her children kept her busy for many years. When her youngest child became more self sufficient, she obtained her license for preparing taxes and worked evenings for a few years. Eventually, she stepped away from doing taxes and decided to start her own bookkeeping business. She has managed her own business for the last few years, as well as going back to school to get her degree in Accounting. She was part of Phi Theta Kappa and graduated on the President’s List.

Andrea and her family enjoy going for walks, hikes and playing outdoors. She is active in volunteering at community events and with the Parent Teacher Clubs at her children’s schools. When not volunteering at the schools or at church, she can most often be found watching or cheering on one of her children in their many activities. In the months of September-March, she and her family spend their weekends at the ice arena watching their son play ice hockey.

Andrea is looking forward to being part of the growth of Dallas Community School and to help make sure it all runs smoothly.

Julie Rain, Education Guide
20150805_094029-1Julie Rain has always been a teacher. From well taught stuffed animals, pet cats and dogs it was a small step to teaching people.

Julie grew up in a rural area in the mountains of California.  She studied Visual Arts and Education in college. She holds a Masters in Education from Willamette University and two teaching licenses; one in visual arts K-12 and one in primary/elementary education K-8.

Julie started out teaching over twenty five years ago in Adult Special Ed.  She has taught art as an Artist-in-Residence in various public and private schools in both California and Oregon in grades k-12. She also worked with ArtsCare in Corvallis teaching art in medical settings to adult patients.

Julie taught for the last nine years at Kings Valley Charter School in a first/second grade class where she was able to carry out her philosophy of teaching with a project based, individualized classroom.  She also taught the Visual Art elective for grades 6-12. Julie believes the ultimate goal of teaching and learning should be to find what works best for each child and motivate them to become life-long learners.

Julie is the proud mom of six children, three biological and three from a permanent guardianship. Her house in Wren is a constant whirr of activity with kids, their significant others, a grandma and a whole gamut of pets!

Julie believes it’s the best feeling in the world to watch a child become a confident, successful and enthusiastic learner.

Shayla Ordonez, Education Guide
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Cheri Reinke, Education Guide
20150805_093217-1Cheri Reinke is a Elementary Certified teacher with her Master’s Degree in Educational Technology.  Cheri has taught 2nd-8th grade in Missouri, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho and Oregon and has worked with adults in a GED program in Georgia.  Cheri also started a company called Simpli Nature with her Mother in Law that they ran for six years in Idaho.

Cheri specializes in building relationships with her students as well as finding unique and creative ways to make learning real and fun.  She also enjoys technology and learning new things.  She views being an educational guide as a journey where students and educators can learn and discover life side by side.

Cheri is married to her best friend and they have two boys, age 19 and 22 and another son, who is 19, that they consider their “rental”.  In her free time she likes to fish, repurpose furniture and other Craigslist items, fish, travel, sing, fish and work with training her labradoodle in being a service dog.

Cynthia McGinnis, Education Guide
20150805_094142-1Cindy grew up in Pedee and the outskirts of Dallas. Her love has always been working with children. In her early years she was busy with babysitting children, in 4-H youth leadership, teaching horseback riding, counseling for Camp Kilowan Campfire Girl camp, as a cadet teacher in music during high school, directing the children’s choir at her church and teaching karate with her husband at Western Tae Kwon-do.

As the daughter and granddaughter of teachers, Cindy developed a desire to teach early in life. When she began college, education was a natural direction for her to take.   Cindy began her journey in education at WOSC, where she graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. She continued her education at Corbin University where she earned her Masters of Education in Reading and ESOL (English for speakers of other languages). Now she continues feeding her passion for learning and teaching by taking various professional development classes and beginning this new journey as a DCS Education Guide.

Having experience with Homeschool and passion to support parents drew her to apply for the position at Dallas Community School. Early in Cindy’s teaching career, she was convicted that her first priority for teaching was with her own 2 boys. She homeschooled her children to tenth grade at which time they successfully transferred to Dallas High School to continue their education.  Cindy considered her time homeschooling as the best time of her life, and understanding the potential of student growth and the multifaceted benefits that resulted from it has helped Cindy in working with other homeschool families by being a leader/speaker, advocating and instructing homeschool Moms in her church.

From 2004 to 2007, Cindy began an alternative school in her home. By Design Alternative School was registered with the state and contracted with the Dallas School District to help some middle and high school students who were disengaged and at risk for dropping out. Having the school in her home enabled her to meet the needs of the struggling students she taught. Her passion for the students, love of learning and homeschooling experience empowered her to teach her students to be self-directed and successful despite the disadvantages many of them faced outside of school.

In the past 8 years, Cindy has been a dedicated and effective Literacy specialist. Her work in a few of Salem’s elementary schools as well as a year in a Corvallis middle school has broadened her abilities and knowledge of what students are doing and need to be able to do to be successful in school and in the job market.

Cindy is still passionate about teaching and student success and brings that passion and excitement for her students, their families and homeschooling to the families who have chosen Dallas Community School and it’s outreach to homeschool families as the education for their children.

Board of Directors:

(vacant – until filled), President
Teresa Crossley, Vice President/Acting President teresa@dallascommunityschool.org
Becki Gann, Secretary becki@dallascommunityschool.org
Scott Burwash, Treasurer scott@dallascommunityschool.org
Holly Williamson holly@dallascommunityschool.org
Aaron Kumnick aaron@dallascommunityschool.org
(vacant – to be filled February 2017)
(vacant – to be filled February 2017)
(vacant – to be filled April 2017)


Need to contact a member of the board? We can be reached at [FirstName]@dallascommunityschool.org (example: Sam@DallasCommunitySchool.org) or info@dallascommunityschool.org.