GOVERNING BOARD


The Promontory School of Expeditionary Learning Board of Directors generally meets the third Thursday of each month beginning at 7:00 pm. Charter School Board Meetings are public meetings. Interested persons are welcome to attend. Visitors are invited to share their thoughts during the open comments section of the meeting. Public comments are limited to three minutes per person. The Board may only discuss or take action on items that are officially on the agenda. If you would like to place an item on the agenda, please refer to the protocol for public input to board meeting agenda .

 

UNDERSTANDING CHARTER SCHOOLS

Promontory School of Expeditionary Learning is governed by a volunteer board of trustees. The voting board members consist of the officers of Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, and up to six additional members. Promontory also has an advisory board made up of parents, and experts in fields such as budget, education, law, etc. Special committees, called crews, support the school in achieving its mission.

 

CURRENT SCHOOL BOARD

Jennifer Blaine (Chair)
JBlaine@promontoryschool.org
Jennifer earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a minor in zoology from Brigham Young University. She serves her community as a board member of a competition soccer club, and in various leadership positions in her church. Jennifer also has organized, run, and participated in a parent taught cooperative preschool for many years. Jennifer’s paramount work is done in raising her five children. Her degrees help her daily in this endeavor.

 

Jennifer is grateful to serve on the board of a school where “a love of learning is born through real world in-depth study of subjects that are naturally exciting to children and adults alike. Expeditionary learning requires the educator and the student alike to adopt a culture of excellence, and that can only bring favorable results for our community.”

 

Valerie Neslen (Vice-Chair)
VNeslen@promontoryschool.org
Valerie graduated from Brigham Young University in 1998 earning a bachelor's degree in statistics, with an emphasis in actuarial science and a minor in mathematics and music. Valerie has served in the community as a cub scout leader as well as many other roles in her church, and plays French horn with the Cache Chamber Orchestra and Lake Bonneville Community Orchestra. She is a founding member of Entheos Academy, an Expeditionary Learning charter school in Kearns, UT, where she gained experience in charter school special education programming. Before becoming a mother and turning her full attention to raising her six children, she worked for Watson Wyatt Worldwide as an actuarial analyst and employee benefits consultant.

 

As a mother of six amazing children, she believes that Expeditionary Learning Schools can teach our children to become their greatest selves. "I believe that Promontory School of Expeditionary Learning can be a place where our children can learn and grow and become the exceptional people that, as parents, we knew and dreamt that they could be. This school embodies what I want for my children in their educational pursuits."

 

Kassi Capener (Treasurer)
KCapener@promontoryschool.org
Kassi graduated from Utah State University with both a bachelor's of science in accounting and a master's of accountancy. She is a certified public accountant since 2000 and has extensive training and experience in auditing and business consulting. Kassi has worked with various non-profit organizations collaborating on program development and overseeing finances. Her professional background includes working for Arthur Andersen as a senior business consultant and auditor.

 

As a mother of three children Kassi is committed to "founding and sustaining a charter school that will encourage and inspire children to excel, regardless of learning level or capabilities."

 

Kim Jenson (Secretary)
KJenson@promontoryschool.org
As a graduate of Utah State University, with a bachelor's degree in Family, Consumer and Human Development, Kim shares the unique vision that learning is an expedition. She has been a trusted resource to local business as a manager, and has held leadership positions with her church. She has extensive experience planning annual budgets, coordinating expenditures and payroll and accounting for her husband's business. Kim is especially passionate about educating children and her community about abuse prevention.

 

As a mother of three amazing children, Kim is excited to explore knowledge and see the growth that will come through Expeditionary Learning.

 

Rick Fairbourn (Trustee)
RFairbourn@promontoryschool.org
Rick earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from USU and a master's degree in systems engineering from Penn State University. He served as an officer in the US Navy, initially instructing enlisted sailors and officers in nuclear systems and then leading up to 25 personnel in operations and engineering. As an instructor, he developed computer-based instruction for the electrical engineering curriculum that significantly increased student comprehension. Rick has been working as a systems engineer in the aerospace industry since 2007, essentially providing a bridge between the customer's needs and the industry's capabilities. He has been working with children most of his adult life in church and scouting.

 

Being a lifelong learner is important to Rick. As a father of six individual learners, Rick is grateful for the opportunity to work with Promontory School in various capacities. "I see Promontory, not just as a school to which I send my kids, but as a joint venture with many other parents to help me in my parental responsibility to educate my children. I look forward to opportunities to help the school improve each year in meeting it's mission."

 
 

Shiree Case (Trustee)
SCase@promontoryschool.org
Shiree Shiree graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelors Degree in liberal arts and sciences. During her collegiate tenure, she actively served in leadership positions for non-profit organizations including the Utah Special Olympics, the Utah State University Student Activities Board, and Best Buddies International. Her interests and talents led her to teaching opportunities at the Sky View High School Seminary, and the Computer and Information Literacy Department at Utah State University. Shiree also spent several summers as a youth camp counselor for Brigham Young University.

 

As a mother of five children, Shiree believes that “guiding children to discover their boundless potential at an early age is a key to the uninhibited exploration of their abilities and the world around them.”

 
 

Heidi LeBlanc (Trustee)
HLeBlanc@promontoryschool.org
Heidi LeBlanc is a Utah State University Extension Professor and Food $ense (SNAP-Ed) Director, provides oversight to this nutrition education program in Utah. Through her leadership participation in Utah has increased 634% while only tripling funding in the past 10 years. She started as a County Extension Faculty in San Juan County, where she received tenure at Utah State University. Shortly after receiving tenure she secured the position with Food $ense as the state director. She is passionate about her work, loves Food $ense, Extension and Utah State University.

 
 

Heidi is a mother of two. She is passionate about education. As a life learning and skill building educator her philosophy is "teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime."

 
 

Sharon Fairbourn (Trustee)
SFairbourn@promontoryschool.org
Sharon graduated from Snow College with an associate of science degree and is a graduate of Utah State University communicative disorders and deaf education program. Sharon served on the PFORA (Parents and Friends of Rossett Acre) committee in Harragote, England. There, she helped to raise money for school resources. Sharon also helped develop and implement a take home reading program for years 3 through 6 for the Rossett Acre School. Sharon has spent many hours serving her church in a variety of leadership positions.

 

As a mother of six children Sharon believes very strongly in a good education. "Expeditionary Learning schools are committed to helping children excel and become their best selves. This adventurous learning style will benefit many kids who struggle in traditional public schools. I want not only my kids, but all kids to have the best education they can and reach their full potential!"

 


FOUNDING SCHOOL BOARD

 

Valerie Neslen (Chair)

Robert Christensen (Vice-Chair)
Robert graduated from Utah State University with a bachelor's of science in Mathematics. His education includes Expeditionary Learning Courses at National Conferences in Humanities, Mathematics applications, Active Pedagogy, Assessment, Outward Bound Activities, and has been accepted into an elite Math Teacher fellowship program.

Robert has served as a substitute teacher in the Box Elder School District, specializing in Mathematics and Art. He enjoys tutoring mathematics courses at Utah State University where he has taught both college and high school students in Pre-Algebra, Calculus, Differential Equations, Linear Algebra, Statistics, Physics and Business Calculus. As a part of his job working as a teacher for Catalyst Preparatory Academy in Brigham City he developed the math curriculum for the school.

Being a father of eight children Robert believes that, “learning through experience is essential to a child’s development. I believe that there is a tremendous need for children to become engaged in the subject matter we present to them, and I feel that the Expeditionary Learning model is an excellent way to achieve this engagement!”

Kassi Capener (Treasurer)

Bridgett Clark (Trustee)
Bridgett is currently attending BYUI studying for a bachelor's degree in business management and education. Bridgett is a mother of five children. She has experience in catering/concessions and management. She spent ten years as a general manager and trainer for a large fast food chain. While managing, she trained local, area, and district managers and implemented cost saving ideas and programs, bringing up overall satisfaction and profit in every location.

Through her experience and knowledge she hopes to create a school that "encourages both the students and teachers to excel. A place where you are not just a number, but rather, a person; a person who deserves the ability to try, to fail, and to succeed. A place where confidence can be learned, and where growth is encouraged. A place where one can develop the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary to become contributing members of society!"

Sharon Fairbourn (Secretary)