GOVERNING BOARD

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 a 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 has organized, run, and participated in a parent-taught cooperative preschool. Jennifer’s paramount work is raising her five children and her educational degrees help her daily in this endeavor. Jennifer loves to travel (especially to warm oceans),  hike, cross-country ski, and learn. Adventure and hard work define her life.

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 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 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."


Corrine Keller (Secretary)
CKeller@promontoryschool.org
Corrine graduated with her bachelor's degree in elementary education from Utah State University with an emphasis in Spanish and Health. Corrine taught one year as an ESL teacher in Ogden before her first child was born when she decided to stay home to raise her family. She has volunteered in her community in cub scouts and had many positions in her church. She has enjoyed the benefits of an expeditionary learning school where she can be a part of the learning process her children are experiencing.

As a mother of five great children, Corrine has a vested interest in seeing her own children succeed and is grateful to Promontory School for its vision in helping children succeed and rise to greater heights. She is committed to helping the school grow and succeed, as well as those who enter its doors.


Heidi LeBlanc (Trustee)
HLeBlanc@promontoryschool.org
Heidi LeBlanc is a Utah State University Extension Professor and Food $ense (SNAP-Ed) Director, providing 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 member 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 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!"


Heather Gardner (Trustee)
HGardner2@promontoryschool.org
Heather graduated from Utah State University in 1997 with a bachelor's degree in math and history education. She went on to teach math in the Utah public school system and had the privilege to teach math, computer literacy, and health education in one of the first chartered high schools established in Arizona nearly 20 years ago. Heather earned a master’s degree in instructional technology and learning sciences at Utah State in the Fall of 2017 and continued on to the PhD program in the same field. 

Lifelong learning and community volunteerism has been the focus of her adult life as she continues to raise her family of four children. "It's exciting to be part of a school that puts into practice the tenets of modern learning theory. I value a growth mindset, reflection in learning, the ability to synthesize information and utilizing experts in the field - all of which are supported and emphasized in this expeditionary model of learning. I look forward to collaborating with other dedicated parents in promoting the very best education possible for our amazing students."


Jay Naumann (Trustee)

JNaumann@promontoryschool.org

Jay earned his Liberal Arts degree from the illustrious Utah State University with a minor in American Sign Language (ASL). He has spent his life working in the field of training and development. He taught ASL at USU for five years and then worked as a training coordinator at Autoliv, Brigham City. He is currently the Training Manager for RC Willey. Jay is very active in the Association for Talent Development. He served as the president of the Utah chapter and has presented at several national conferences. Jay lives in Brigham City with his wife and children. His daughter is a Promontory alumnus and his youngest son is currently attending Promontory. Jay and his wife enjoy astronomy and he and his children enjoy acting and directing at local theaters.    

FOUNDING SCHOOL BOARD

Valerie Neslen (Chair)

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 they could be. This school embodies what I want for my children in their educational pursuits."


Robert Christensen (Vice-Chair)
Robert graduated from Utah State University with a bachelor's degree in mathematics. His additional education includes expeditionary learning courses at national conferences in humanities, mathematics applications, active pedagogy, assessment, and Outward Bound activities.  He has also 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)

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."


Bridgett Clark (Trustee)

Bridgett graduated with a bachelor’s of business with an emphasis in Entrepreneurial Management. She holds both a CFM and a PMP certification, and is working on an MBA with the University of Utah. She has numerous years of experience managing, training, researching, creating programs, and reducing costs. Bridgett started a community service organization in Indiana, and has served in several service positions in support of the PTA, Boy Scouts of America, Disaster Recovery Planning and Implementation, Voting, Master Gardener Program, and within her church.

As a mother of five children with various gifts and struggles, Bridgett firmly believes that every student deserves to be educated in an atmosphere where growth is encouraged and confidence is learned through trial, error and success. In this atmosphere, one will develop the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary to become contributing members of society and discover a lifelong love of learning!

Sharon Fairbourn (Secretary)

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 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!"