Joy Raboli, Principal
Mom, curriculum lover and an Oregon Duck fan
Joy has always known she wanted to be a teacher. At age 8, she would round up the neighbor kids and teach school. At age 18, Joy spent her summers with trainers in gifted education helping them with teacher trainings. Joy was thrilled to land her first teaching job teaching 6thgrade in Redmond, Washington. It really was a dream come true. After teaching 5th and 6th grade for a while, Joy was selected to be an Associate for Susan Kovalik and Associates. Joy became a curriculum expert in the biology of learning and trained 9,000 teachers in 30 states. She became a national keynote speaker on creating meaningful curriculum, brain-biology for teachers and classroom management. Joy went on to create four award-winning educational videos for teachers and presented 25 week-long model teaching weeks. Joy trained entire counties such as Horry County, South Carolina, and the entire island of Nantucket. Joy spent two weeks in New Zealand and toured schools that pioneered new literacy models.
Life on the road was an incredible adventure, but Joy missed the classroom and wanted to start a family. She returned to the classroom and taught for Greater Albany Public Schools and Salem–Keizer School Districts. Becoming a mom of two girls fulfilled her dream of motherhood. Joy then went to the University of Oregon to earn her administrative credential. During that time, she created the H.E.A.R.T skills, which is a character development program and book for teachers to use school-wide. After serving as principal of Abiqua School for six years, she is now principal of Sherwood Charter School.
Joy’s vision of creating a gifted education for every child has been her mission. She lives by seven guiding principles that she created, and they still remain her north star in creating outstanding learning environments for staff and students. Read Ms. Raboli’s seven guiding principles used at SCS to create an outstanding learning environment.
Kelsey Connolly, Kindergarten
Kindergarten Teacher, foodie and avid writer
Kindergarten is my favorite grade to teach because I love watching my students grow into life-long learners! My greatest priority at SCS is creating a second home for our Kindergarteners; a place where they feel comfortable to take risks, build friendships, and follow their curiosities. In my downtime, I love reading to my baby girl, Evelyn, going paddle boarding with my husband, and visiting the Oregon Coast all year around.
Marissa Bradley, 1st Grade
First Grade Teacher, explorer, lover of the outdoors, and football fanatic
Joining SCS as a first grade teacher is a dream come true! I have a passion for watching young learners challenge themselves and grow in their learning, and I am eager to work together with you to help your child flourish. In my class, your child will be encouraged to be themselves, take risks, and have fun! In my downtime, I love to explore all that Oregon has to offer; whether it be the city, the coast, or the mountains!
Stacy Tronnier, 2nd Grade
Second grade teacher, plant lover, dancer, artist
I am so thrilled to be teaching at SCS this year! Second grade is such a powerful year for children. I love to watch students grow from eager first graders to confident third graders throughout our time together. In my classroom you will find inquiry, hands-on explorations, singing, and lots of connection. My goal is to create a strong class family founded on empathy. I have always dreamed of living in Portland, and after attending college in Colorado and beginning my teaching career in Alaska, I am finally here! In my free time, I love to be outdoors, do creative work, and go dancing.
Molly Fleskes, 3rd Grade
Third Grade teacher, wife, dog mom, and coffee fanatic
It has been my dream to be a teacher since I was a little girl, to be the role model that I needed as a child. I am so honored to make this dream a reality at SCS! In my classroom, you will find a safe learning environment built on trust and mutual respect where every student will feel safe enough to explore, learn, and grow. I am so excited to get to know you and your child and make SCS my home. When I am not in the classroom I am most likely on a hunt for a delicious vegan burrito, drinking my fourth cup of coffee, or on an outdoor adventure with my husband and dog, Oakley.
Ashley Murray, 4th Grade
Fourth grade teacher, bibliophile, board game enthusiast, and cat mom
Joining SCS is my lifelong dream come true! I fell in love with fourth grade when I was student teaching at Portland State. In all subjects, I am a firm believer in hands on learning and teaching for the real world. I want children to find enjoyment in school and take what they learn out into the rest of the world. In my free time, I enjoy camping, reading, and playing board games.
Natalie Pepper, 5th Grade
Fifth grade teacher, puzzle lover, decades enthusiast and appreciator of jokes
Excited doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel about teaching fifth grade! I grew up in Lake Oswego and went to the University of Oregon (GO DUCKS) for my undergrad and Lewis and Clark College for my masters program. I have many passions, but my main interest has always been mentoring in any aspect, if it’s teaching, coaching, or tutoring. As you get to know me, you’ll see that I’m driven, organized, dedicated, kind, but always enjoy a good laugh and having fun with my students.
Nora Stuckey, Physical Education and Health
PE/Health Teacher, Wife, Mom of two boys, Friend
I am excited for another amazing year teaching physical education and health. This is my 19th year in education and my 11th year teaching at Sherwood Charter School. Both the scholars and their families make SCS a great place to teach. My goal is for every scholar at SCS to develop an appreciation for physical activity and live a healthy and active lifestyle. As a mother of two boys, I understand the importance of a positive school experience and will provide a fun, active, and knowledgeable learning experience for your scholar. When I am not at school you will find me spending time with family and friends.
Amanda DuPriest, Music
Music Teacher, Choir geek, band nerd, and Star Wars fanatic
My passion as a musician stems from my near-constant involvement in choirs and wind ensembles since childhood, and I have dreamed of becoming a music teacher since high school. It is my goal to provide a safe, nurturing, healthy, and inspirational environment where children can grow as young musicians, and I love inspiring my students to learn more about classical music by tying it to the music they currently have in their lives, whether that is a film score, a song on the radio, or song loops from their favorite video game.
Sara Knee, Art
Artist, Educator and Mom
My passion for both education and art started at a young age and by the time I was graduating high school, I knew being an art teacher was the profession that would give me the most joy and job satisfaction. I am thrilled to be able to share my love for the arts with the SCS community. While I’m practiced in a variety of media, I prefer to create with watercolors and ceramics. Outside of the art studio, I enjoy raising my two young daughters, practicing aikido and spending time in nature.
Shannon Peterka, Science
Middle school science teacher, cat lover, avid reader and globetrotter
I have a passion for curriculum and teaching. My philosophy is integrated and hands-on, which I feel aligns very well with a Science classroom. This is my 17th year in education and my sixth year as an SCS science teacher. The school provides a wonderful environment that fosters creativity and innovation in learning. Students are able to grow and become life-long learners. I couldn’t have asked for a better place to teach!
Adam Bowers, Math
Middle School Math Teacher, Dog Dad, Nature Admirer, Kansas Native
I want to share my passion of problem- solving and thinking outside the box. Math is a wonderful opportunity to practice these skills. I’ve always enjoyed math class and using math in the real world, like finding the discounted price on golf clubs. My aim is that each student feels comfortable in my classroom, willing to make mistakes in order to grow.
Sarah Richard, Humanities
Middle School Humanities Teacher, ladybug lover, Seahawks and Steelers fanatic!
I truly love working with middle school students. They have a wonderful energy that makes ever day exciting! Social Studies was my favorite part of school and I enjoy integrating it with Language Arts as the Humanities model provides an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the world. I love to read the amazing pieces my students write and to see them grow as writers is a real privilege. When I am not at school, you will probably find me chasing after my two young daughters and our dog. Spending time with my husband and children is my favorite activity.
Angela Havlinek, Office Manager
Mother, gardener, baker and fourth generation native Oregonian
Since beginning at Sherwood Charter School in 2014, I have enjoyed building positive relationships with the students and their families. I look forward to seeing the kids grow not only as young scholars, but also as individuals. It’s exciting to be a part of their journey. I love being a member of the SCS team and value the work that each staff member contributes each day. When I’m not in the office, you can find me with my family, outside in my yard, or baking!
Cheryl McLeod, Administrative Specialist
Traveler, amateur chef, and history enthusiast
I am thrilled to be working at SCS! Since joining the team in 2016, I have loved getting to see the students grow in confidence and knowledge. When I’m not working, I enjoy reading, being with my family, and trying out new recipes.
Lydia Graeber, Assistant
Mom, Outdoor Explorer, and Future Teacher
I am so excited to be joining the SCS family this year! I love working with children, and I am an aspiring teacher. My favorite part of working in a school is watching the kids grow and learn throughout the school year. When I’m not at the school, I love to hang out with my husband, two daughters, and my dog Nori! We enjoy exploring outdoors, riding our bikes, and baking.
Kaylie Buchanan, School Counselor
School Counselor, Mom of four, Animal lover
I love working as a counselor at SCS. It is my goal as a school counselor, to provide a safe and nurturing environment that promotes a passion for lifelong learning, respect for self and others, and an appreciation for individual differences. Tucker, the therapy dog, joins me at work two to three days a week. He helps students to emotionally regulate, build self confidence and reduce anxiety. When I’m not working as a school counselor, I enjoy spending time with my family, walking my three dogs, reading and dancing.
Tucker, Therapy Dog
Treat fanatic, walk lover, and student friend
Tucker assists Ms. Buchanan working with students to build confidence and improve self-esteem. He also helps to reduce stress and anxiety with students and staff. He contributes to the improvement of reading and comprehension skills of students having difficulties. Tucker brings a smile to our faces and brings calmness to our bodies and minds.