We are an independent, public charter high school.
We collaborate with our authorizers, the Nevada Joint Union High School District, but our board operates independently.
Board Vice Chair
I am Linda Brown, a retired school administrator. I have lived in Nevada County since 1990 when I came to be principal of Hennessy School now Grass Valley Charter School. Working and doing service in this child centered county has given me great satisfaction and joy. After teaching many different grade levels and special education I ended my 39 year career as Assistant Superintendent of Grass Valley School District and administrator of Grass Valley Charter School. Being a board member of SAEL has allowed me to continue to serve the children of our community and support Expeditionary Learning, one of the premier educational models in the United States.
Over the years I have served on Grass Valley Schools Foundation for Arts and Science, co-chaired the P.L.A.Y. Community Playground project,and am a member of Lake Almanor Country Club's Long Term Planning Committee to mention a few of my service endeavors. We have 5 children, their spouses, and 10 grandchildren. We farm walnuts in Butte Co. and summer in Plumas County at Lake Almanor. We have wonderful friends and family in education and enjoy all that northern California has to offer. After retiring 9 years ago I look forward to becoming part of the SAEL community. I believe in Expeditionary Learning's research based Core Practices and their Design Principles. Each child attending SAEL is coached and supported to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to become an excellent citizen.
I am very proud to be both a SAEL parent and board member. I strongly believe the educational model of SAEL is one in which student thrive. The knowledgeable, supportive and dedicated staff are committed to an environment that instills a love of learning leading to personal and academic growth in each student. Serving SAEL as a board member is a true honor for me.
I have lived in Nevada County since 2002. I love the rivers, lakes and mountains that surround us. I feel so fortunate to be able to live and raise my son in our beautiful and wonderful community. I am a ‘soccer mom’, book reader and gardener. My volunteer work over the years has included coaching youth soccer, baseball and basketball; Ano Nuevo State Park docent, Nevada County School District Art Docent, Nevada County Veterans Stand Down, Indio Youth Task Force, Nevada County Hospitality House, Los Angeles County Homeless Advocacy Project, San Francisco Volunteer Legal Services Program, Student Tutorial Program of Whittier Law School, U.C.S.C Suicide Prevention and the Student Assistance Program of Riverside County.
I attended the University of California at Santa Cruz and received a B.A in psychology. I then attended Whittier College School of Law and obtained a J.D. Subsequently, I went to the University of California at Riverside and received a certificate in mediation.I currently work as a mediator & attorney in Nevada County.
Rebecca studied Early Childhood Education in college and has been involved with Charter schools since 1998. She worked in the middle school resource center at Grass Valley Charter School and was also involved in fundraising and a dedicated parent volunteer. She currently works in the Administrative Department at Nevada City School of the Arts doing enrollment and fundraising. Rebecca has a 9th and a 10th grader that attend Sierra Academy and is passionate about the education that they are receiving at SAEL. In her spare time she enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and four children.
Tom Mooers is a Grass Valley resident and proud parent of two SAEL kids. Tom has worked as an advocate for land conservation in California for more than twenty years, currently serving as the Executive Director of Sierra Watch. He's a graduate of Green Corps, Field School for Environmental Organizing and the University of California, Los Angeles. He's an enthusiastic youth soccer coach and always up for an expedition.
California Licensed Architect with thirty-four years of experience in architectural design, construction, project management and administration.
Experience in wide variety of construction types, delivery methods, design constraints, funding sources and client conditions.
Responsible for developing and implementing public construction contracts for leases, job order contracting, design/build, lump sum and CM at Risk delivery methods.
Current responsibilities include director of Facilities Planning, Facilities Design & Construction, Quality Control & Inspection, Building Official and Fire Department for UCDHS Capital program. Current projects include $400M of Major and Minor capital projects and $1B in planning over next decade.
Past responsibilities include management of Capital Improvements and Building Maintenance operations, including Capital Programs from $230M-$1B, utilities, maintenance and custodial.
Current manager of Facilities Design & Construction for University of California Davis Health System.
Office management experience in human resource/personnel issues, office organization, budget and information systems. Supervision of 100 technical, office and field staff.
Specialties: •Responsible for $3B of laboratory, academic, medical, housing, correctional, infrastructure and general government projects •Sustainability, Energy Management, Commissioning and LEED Integration •Facilitator for Value Engineering efforts. •Implemented County ADA Transition Plan for over 2,000,000 square feet of facilities located from Roseville to Tahoe City. •Architectural design of over 7,000,000 square feet of commercial, industrial and institutional projects.
My wife Heather and I have loved living and raising our children in Nevada County over the past 25 years. Our son graduated from Nevada Union High School, and our two daughters currently attend SAEL.
I received my Bachelors degree in Business Administration, Accounting from California State University Sacramento, and my Master’s Degree in Taxation Law from Golden Gate University.
After graduating, I became a CPA and worked for several international accounting firms, including serving as a manager for PricewaterhouseCoopers. In 1993, I moved to Nevada County and formed my own accounting firm with James Toft.
Three years ago I changed careers. I am now a financial advisor helping my clients with their investment goals. I manage the Edward Jones Investments office on Sacramento Street in Nevada City.
I also serve on several boards as a member, including the Nevada County branch of the United Way and Nevada Union Joint High School Foundation.
The bio and pic for the NJUHSD representative to the SAEL Board is coming soon. We are excited to have retired Asst Superintendent Suenram joining us!
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Regular Board Meeting are held on the fourth Thursday of the month as much as possible. They in Room B4 at 340 Buena Vista St, Grass Valley, CA at 5:30pm unless otherwise stated below.
9/25/17 @ 4:30pm Special Meeting
SPECIAL 12/21/17 @ 5pm @ SAEL
SPECIAL 1/19/17 (Board Training) @ 5pm @ SAEL
SPECIAL 2/15/18 @ 5:30pm @ SAEL
In addition to SAEL, there will be meetings at the following residences: 11784 Riata Road, Lower Lake, CA 95457
AND 817 Watson Road, Biggs, CA 95917 on 2/15/18.
Board meeting agendas and select minutes are available on the Board Archives page of our website.