Dallas Community School Staff
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Bill Conlon, Interim School Director
Andrea Wilcoxon, Office Manager
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
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
Cheri Reinke, Education Guide
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
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
Becki Gann, Secretary
Scott Burwash, Treasurer
(vacant – to be filled February 2017)
(vacant – to be filled February 2017)
(vacant – to be filled April 2017)