Yvonne Katz, formerly supt. of Beaverton OR and Spring Branch TX school districts, embarrassing retiring Westview High principal Len Case.











Dan Wieden talks about the night he wrote "Just do It" to a fascinated Wesview High School Media Studies class in 2001.

TSPC director Vickie Chamberlain conspires with OEA attorney Tom Doyle

TSPC director Vickie Chamberlain conspires with OEA attorney Tom Doyle
Chamberlain's three-and-a-half year manipulation of teacher discipline case conceals misconduct of Linda Borquist and Hollis Lekas of the Beaverton School District while interfering with the outcome of a federal lawsuit in support of an attorney formerly employed by the Beaverton School District, Nancy Hungerford.

Oregon ALJ Andrea Sloan collaborates with TSPC director Vickie Chamberlain & OEA atty Tom Doyle

Oregon ALJ Andrea Sloan collaborates with TSPC director Vickie Chamberlain & OEA atty Tom Doyle
"First of its kind in Oregon" decision helps unethical lawyers manipulate federal law suit after Beaverton administrators violated teacher employment contract

Signing a confession to conceal misconduct and influence a federal law suit

Signing a confession to conceal misconduct and influence a federal law suit
Tom Doyle of the OEA collaborates with OAH lawyers and Vickie Chamberlain of the TSPC

TSPC director Vickie Chamberlain makes finding based on secret "first of its kind" hearing

TSPC director Vickie Chamberlain makes finding based on secret "first of its kind" hearing
Chamberlain's delay protects Nancy Hungerford, former attorney for the Beaverton Schools, who colluded with attorneys for the OEA and the state of Oregon to violate a teacher contract and deny due process in a federal civil suit.

Confederation of Oregon School Administrators

Leadership Academy for Beginning Principals
July 18, 19 and 20, 2007
Linfield College

The Faculty:

Linda Borquist, Academy Coordinator

Victor Musial, Field Operations Director, OSEA

Colin Cameron, Director of Professional Development,COSA

Jill O'Neil, Principal, Beaverton Middle School - OMLA President

Vickie Chamberlain, Executive Director, TSPC

Kris Olsen, Principal, McMinnville High School - OASSA President

Matt Coleman, Principal, Westview High School

Shannon Priem, Communication Services Director, OSBA

Vickie Fleming, Superintendent, Redmond SD 2J

Perla Rodriguez, Principal, Cornelius Elementary School - OMLA President

Shawna Harris, Field Representative, OSEA

Nanci Schneider, NWREL

Craig Hawkins, Communications Director, COSA

Valerie Sebesta, Oregon Education Association

Sally Leet, Principal, Oak Grove Elementary School - OESPA Past President

Brian Traylor, Principal, Corvallis Elementary School - OESPA President

Holly Lekas, Regional Administrator, Beaverton SD 48 Joe Wehrili, OSBA

Michael Carter, Superintendent, Rainier SD 13

Philip McCullum, Director Administrative Licensure, University of Oregon

Authentic evaluation legally dated

Authentic evaluation legally dated
signed by retiring principal Len Case

Post-dated Westview High School evaluation 2002-03

Post-dated Westview High School evaluation 2002-03
Entered fraudulently at Fair Dismissal Appeals Board hearing: Malcolm Dennis (forced resignation; secrecy agreement) and Chris Bick, signing principals

New Schools: Hey, Portland--being WEIRD means being INNOVATIVE



Where is an innovative alternative? The old school has deteriorated; no one disagrees. The question is not a choice between "Do we spend a lot of money repairing the old school?" and "Do we spend lot of money replicating the old school?"

It should be: "How do we make a new school?"

Any change generates opposition from influential people who profit from the current dysfunction, but we can allow ourselves to envision a process that is streamlined and transparent, that thoroughly vets and oversees all employees, that is accessible to the public and that can demonstrate its ability to improve citizenship skills and promote positive human development in a therapeutically-driven educational environment.

New school.

Diminish the bureaucracy and the accompanying opacity that always forms in tenured isolation. We cannot afford it.

Let some outside-the-box PPS thinkers create some vast spaces full of communication technology that are well-lit and open day-and-night. Get some sharp people to schedule facility use. Create, support and oversee a high-level volunteer force.
Put cameras everywhere (they are already anyway--in every kid's hand). For the public, a video monitoring system offers a way to help regain confidence in the internal operations of our schools. Schools are expensive and the people who pay for them deserve to feel good about the product.

Abandon the old classroom format entirely...it is a proven recipe for failure in our rapidly evolving culture. Teachers who do the same thing in the same place for a long time get stale or tyrannical. Use pull-out rooms to create and form dynamic, overlapping teams of kids with group goals. Use rotating facilitators instead of classes where one person can identify the smart and dumb kids and then reinforce that hierarchy.

Identify and decide how to use most effectively those teachers who really can lead group discussions. Schedule time for those kids who test high in certain areas to do monitored group work with similar intelligences. Teachers who know how to promote team ethics can incorporate writing assignments, health, biology, history....and find ways for every kid to get some genuine attention from an approving adult everyday. I strongly believe our kids are less likely to go to prison if they don't leave high school hating everybody in authority.

The problem now for the best-intentioned educators is pretty simple. Like government officials, we can't possibly do all the things that we tell people we can do. The result is that, once secure in our positions, we get busy with what we LIKE to do--and the public is ill-served.
In new schools, we could do what we say we are doing...and the public could see us--and participate.

Think online learning overseen by hands-on master teachers. Technology, critical thinking, communication... data-based progression monitored daily by several people. Instant remediation. One-on-one contacts. Less time on discipline issues.

Slowly, incrementally, PPS can move the many, many distractions to another place for a while--then let them go entirely. I have a ton of experience with teenagers and I don't just feel--I KNOW--that the behavior of children is built primarily on two things--their own confidence levels and the expectations of influential people in their lives.

It is a sea-change but the water is rising in Stumptown. Something HAS to give...and the community needs something to help them keep the faith.

An experiment--a prototype--could be a part of this new bond campaign. Change will have to be incremental and any early modifications to beloved programs should be more voluntary than mandated.

Certainly a "new school" idea will have detractors--"new school" is contrarian and simplistic and I provide no supporting statistics. But it will cost a FRACTION of what we pay for public education now and could do the things we NEED for our public schools to do--far better than we are doing them now, while our school board members are deciding on the appropriateness of dance team routines for thirteen-year-olds...

Nobody should vote for money to repair a leaking roof when the foundation of the building is cracked.

Beaverton School District # 48: Teachers as Chattel

Teaching in the Shadow: 1997-2004
A Video Trail of Memories
from one of the
Most Challenging and Rewarding Experiences of My Life

2000
Trevor Crowe and Eric Ball in Westview HS video production "Dream Girl" (original script) Segment directed by Sean McKeen
Way-above-average kids made one of the best scenes in one of our earlier movies, "Dream Girl." I had a lot of control issues at this point in my media teacher career : ) but Sean, Trevor and Eric were eminently trustworthy as sixteen-yr-olds. They nailed this scene. I didn't even watch them shoot it, even though it was for a class project.

2001
Westview HS Channel 3 News (no sound) Sam Martin and AJ Anderson
This video was the monthly newscast and has images of some people who have gone on to be "people." The sound went away--I think we pirated some stuff--but the pictures are nice.

We struggled to make the news for the the largest high school in the state and still have time (and hard drive space) for all the other projects for 100+ kids, but these monthly editions gave us a record of school happenings that we used for archival things. And they were fun to air on "Channel 3" when we were able to make that happen.

2000
Westview HS video production: "Dream Girl"--fantasy sequence
Brandon Chandler as a sixteen-year-old playing guitar and hitting on Paige Dutro would make this worth watching alone, but this also has Mike Guerts as a sophomore playing the school geek and ALSO romancing Dutro. Eric Ball and Brian Berg are also in this scene.

This was a fun project to make.

2002
Westview HS student activities Holiday Giving Program
When I was Westview activities director, one of the projects I oversaw was the Holiday Giving project. This is something kids at Westview do without much staff input and I just shot and edited it--they are the real stars.

2002
Tribute to Westview Girls' Basketball seniors
As an assistant to second-year varsity coach Jeanette Armentano, I didn't know much but we got ranked the top ten early in the season unexpectedly and made the state play offs (without an out-of-state recruit).

1997
Gavin Bristol (Twilight 1 and 2; Management) in Meadow Park Middle School's original script "You Know My Name"
I met Gavin Bristol when he was a sixth grader and he could already light up a stage. He was not the first Witless Woody (Forrest Rutherford of Woodford County (KY) Middle School was), but he is the most famous.

1999
Gavin Bristol (Twilight 1 and 2; Management) in Meadow Park Middle School's video adaptation of Homer's "The Odyssey"
My obsession with teaching Homer's "Odyssey" to middle school English classes reached its zenith when we were able to make a movie on a G-3 with about 3 gigs of HD that used ALL the 7th grade students in Meadow Park C Hall, ESL and other "special" designations, and all the teachers.

Gavin Bristol became Odysseus...Now he is in Hollywood.

2003
Original script: Westview Adv. Media's "Wishes Wisemen and Little Pigs"
Advanced Media's most ambitious project and the last one I would make with Westview kids. The program had matured and most of these kids could write, shoot, act and edit.

2002
Original script: Westview HS Adv. Media's "Thrope School Method"
The concept of a "Miss Anne Thrope" founding a school for wayward kids led to some pretty dramatic moments for some really talented actors. Gavin is in this too, with Dan Askew, who was INTENSE.

2003
Sean McKeen's acclaimed video for Adv. Media Westview HS
Sean wrote, directed and starred in this B+W "silent movie" that the BSD IT director Scott Hacke called the best student project of the year. I was reminded that more often than we wish to admit as teachers, our students actually are smarter than we are.

2001
Zak's Huerta's "I Am" self-analysis project for Intro to Media Studies Westview HS
"I Am" projects evolved from formula poems that a lot of teachers use for writing. I assigned it as a template for beginning movie makers and Zak's "I Am" really WAS.

2001
Student video essay about Westview HS diversity: "Eyes of the World"
Westview was one of the state's most diverse schools and this collaboration of a hip-hop Asian, Yao Tzio, and one of the metro area's best skaters, Jeff Hanson, was special and insightful.

2003
Video production for Westview administration: Westview HS Advisory Program
Created for new principal Malcolm Dennis (he narrates) to use as his required presentation at a meeting of district administrators.

2003
Parents' night in freshman English class at Westview HS
My busiest year in eduction had me working as activities while teaching a full load of media classes AND a freshman English class. But this was not just ANY freshmen English class : )

2002
Jeff Borquist, son of former Beaverton School District HR director Linda Borquist, made PSA's for Media Studies.
We were, a lot of us, outsiders.

2003
Video production for Westview administration: Link Crew/"Cat Crew"
Jim Lekas, Westview counselor and husband of district administrator Holly Lekas, talked me into working with the Cat Cre, Westview's version of a national program that trained faculty and kids to connect upperclassmen with incoming freshmen.

2002
Beaverton School board member LeeAnn Larsen's son Chris: Intro to Media Studies project
Chris Larsen, who was one of the few kids I know who could travel between the "jocks" and the "skaters," made a nice self-awareness project when he was starting out as a movie-maker...

2000
"Just Do It" creator Dan Wieden visits Westview media classes
This ONLY happened because a caring parent set it up for our media students. And not a rich parent but an unassuming volunteer who had worked with Wieden and Phil Knight in the beginning before they were rich and famous. The impact was immeasurable.

2008
Beaverton School District values: Don Bellairs and Janet Hogue demonstrate different approaches to working with kids
My catharsis video...

Janet Hogue, then CEO of the BSD's fundraising organization, the BEF...

Janet Hogue, then CEO of the BSD's  fundraising organization, the BEF...
...representing herself as superintendent.

Oct 06 letter from new BSD HR director Sue Robertson

Oct 06 letter from new BSD HR director Sue Robertson
...blocking access to evidence that would demonstrate Beaverton administrative misconduct.

Response to Sue Robertson, BSD HR chief, concerning false allegations to conceal misconduct

Response to Sue Robertson, BSD HR chief, concerning false allegations to conceal misconduct

Letter from Jennifer Hungerford, former Beaverton atty referencing BSD money manager Dan Thomas

Letter from Jennifer Hungerford, former Beaverton atty referencing BSD money manager Dan Thomas

Hollis Lekas, former Beaverton HR admin., June 2004 "complaint" to TSPC...

Hollis Lekas, former Beaverton HR admin., June 2004 "complaint" to TSPC...
...after waiting on FDAB results.

Justice delayed...

Justice delayed...

...is justice denied, Tom Doyle-style

...is justice denied, Tom Doyle-style

Former TSPC investigator Nisbet working unethically with Tom Doyle, OEA atty

Former TSPC investigator Nisbet working unethically with Tom Doyle, OEA atty
Her actions were designed to affect the outcome of a federal lawsuit. She lost her job consequently (Like me, she was small enough to fail). The improper use of TSPC "stipulations" and "pass-the-trash" deals effectively lets lawyers and bureaucrats in Oregon education play "God" with student welfare and teacher careers...

TSPC director Vickie Chamberlain trying to work a "deal" with Doyle

TSPC director Vickie Chamberlain trying to work a "deal" with Doyle
Signing stipulations to protect BSD administrators who violated employment and civil rights laws

OEA Legal Conceals Fraud

OEA Legal Conceals Fraud
Mark Toledo tries to cover up for Tom Doyle

Former OEA President Larry Wolf denial of illegal civil suit filed by OEA atty Tom Doyle

Former OEA President Larry Wolf denial of illegal civil suit filed by OEA atty Tom Doyle
Wolf abdicates leadership of union's membership to OEA "Advocacy"