Coaches and Strategic Advisors

SDCF/CLASS Coaches

CLASS/SDCF coaches provide coaching and technical support to the school districts that are recipients’ of the School District Collaboration Fund (SDCF) grants. They collaborate with the school districts as they design and/or implement models that are research-based and help school districts stay on target with the functions, activities, deliverables, and milestones including their stated student outcomes.

Cecelia Amuchastegui

Cecelia (Cec) is currently a CLASS/SDCF coach for Klamath County and Three Rivers school districts. She has served as a teacher, coordinator, administrator and most recently retired as a superintendent for Klamath Falls City Schools. She received her BS and MS from Western Oregon University and her administrative credential for Portland State University.  

Jenny Gillet

Jenny provides coaching support to Mt. Angel, Jewell, Dallas, Hood River, and St. Paul school districts. She began her career as a teacher in the D.C. Metro area after receiving her MAT from Lewis and Clark in 2003. She moved back to Portland in 2005 and joined the team at Floyd Light Middle School in David Douglas School District. In 2013, she was chosen to co-manage the David Douglas Collaboration Grant and worked to elevate teacher leaders to lead professional learning. Jenny attended the 2016 Oregon Writing Project Summer Institute and hopes to spread this model of collaborative professional learning, teacher leadership and school reform in her work with Oregon districts. Prior to becoming a teacher, Jenny shredded on drums in local rock bands and pursued an acting career. Today, she regularly performs flamenco dance. Jenny is also fluent in Spanish and taught in an elementary dual-language immersion program for two years.

Marsha Benjamin Moyer

Marsha is currently a CLASS/SDCF coach for North Santiam School District. She is a master teacher and administrator who has been a change agent for students, teachers and administrators for more than thirty years.  An Educational Leadership consultant and speaker, Moyer’s wide-ranging experience and trained eye for effective instruction comes from years of comprehensive professional experience and ethical practices.   She founded MBM IMPAC, a consulting firm that provides leadership support and customized professional development for public, private, and international educational institutions, upon retiring from a distinguished career in education that started in the classroom and culminated in her change agent role as Director of Licensed Personnel and Staff Quality for Oregon’s second largest district. Whether serving students and staff or the greater community at large, Moyer is committed to making a difference. She is proud to be a senior fellow of Oregon American Leadership Forum - a national network of chapters dedicated to building stronger communities by preparing leaders to serve the public good.

Kari Nelsestuen, M.S.

Kari is currently a CLASS/SDCF coach for Newberg School District. She brings expertise in effective educational practices to her role as a CLASS/SDCF coach. Kari is a specialist in improvement science, a systematic approach to change that shapes the design process in SDCF districts. She also has a deep background in research and evaluation; her specialty is the study of program implementation. Through her research, Kari has a developed a deep understanding of why and how programs succeed – or fail – in schools.

For the past two decades, Kari has had the privilege of supporting many diverse projects in different educational settings. For example, she helped design an intensive training program for school turnaround coaches in Alaska, facilitated teacher inquiry groups in New Jersey, and led a large research alliance in Oregon. Kari has worked for several large nonprofit agencies in New York and Oregon and is currently an independent consultant residing in Portland. She has an M.S. from Columbia University Teachers College and was trained in improvement science by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Bev Pratt

Bev is currently a CLASS/SDCF coach for Colton and Silver Falls school districts. She is an experienced educator with more than 35 years in education. Prior to joining Chalkboard Project, Bev was an education specialist with the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) where she managed the Title IIA and state mentoring programs and a secondary teacher of mathematics in the Salem-Keizer School District. 

In addition to Bev's duties as TeachOregon coach, she is a CLASS/SDCF coach, and the Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) project manager. Bev holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Western Oregon University, and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Lewis and Clark College. 

Dale Rooklyn

Dale is currently a CLASS/SDCF coach for Eagle Point, Klamath Falls City, Phoenix-Talent, and Rogue River school districts. He has been a teacher and administrator for over 30 years, working at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels. Most recently, he was a school improvement coordinator and administrator mentor at the Oregon Department of Education. In addition to his duties as a CLASS/SDCF coach, Dale is a bargaining facilitator, training school districts in how to use interest based processes to negotiate their labor contracts. 

Dale earned a doctorate in Organization Development from the University of Oregon and is currently coaching five CLASS/SDCF school districts. Dale enjoys cycling, hiking, and being with family.  His son is a teacher for Portland Public Schools, and his daughter is studying public policy at the University of Washington and is an education researcher.

Annie Tronco

Annie is the CLASS/SDCF coach for Dayton, Sheridan, and Gresham Barlow school districts and Chalkboard Project's educator effectiveness coach. Prior to joining Chalkboard, Annie was heavily involved in mentoring early career teachers and provided leadership for the Oregon Mentoring Program. She began her career teaching middle school language arts and social studies and has worked on behalf of public education for more than 20 years. Annie holds a bachelor’s degree in Politics and Government and an M.A.T. from the University of Puget Sound.

Erin Whitlock

Erin is the CLASS/SDCF coach for North Clackamas School District. Erin also works in the Institute for Professional Skills & Practice at the Center for Great Public Schools at Oregon Education Association on various educational issues with the ultimate aim of helping to raise student learning through educator support systems. She began her career teaching special education at the middle school level and has worked on behalf of public education and disability services for more than 20 years. Erin holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and an M.A. in Special Education from the University of Oregon.

Strategic Advisors

Dan Jamison

Before joining the Chalkboard Project, Dan Jamison served as a teacher, principal and superintendent in Oregon public schools for 32 years. After several successful years as the superintendent of the Sherwood School District, one of three which helped pioneer the CLASS Project, Dan joined Chalkboard as the Vice President of Education Policy in 2010. He has a varied educational background, earning a B.A. in history at Washington State University, an EdM at Oregon State University, and school leadership credentials from Lewis and Clark College and the University of Oregon. In addition to advising Chalkboard, Dan currently coaches several public, private, educational, pastoral, and non-profit leaders. 

Krista Parent

Krista Parent is beginning in her fifteenth year as superintendent for South Lane School District. She has been an educator in South Lane for the past 31 years serving as a teacher, coach and school administrator. Krista was the 2007 National Superintendent of the year, the first and only Oregon superintendent to have received the award. She was also named the 2007 Outstanding Young Alumnus for the University of Oregon, and received her Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate there. Krista is past President of the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators (COSA) and has served in numerous other statewide leadership roles including being the chair of the state’s “Assessing Leadership Performance” work group and the President of the Oregon Association of School Executives (OASE). Krista is an active member of her community and serves on the local Rotary Board, Chamber of Commerce, Community College Advisory Board, and the Cottage Grove Community Foundation.