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.
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.
Board Vice Chair
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.
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.
Karen represents our authorizing school district, Nevada Joint Union High School District, on the Board of Directors. After 35 years in California school business administration, she recently retired as the Assistant Superintendent of the District and remains committed to bettering our schools and community through varying volunteer activities.
I am a real estate, land use planning and construction professional with a focus on building and steering teams through complex construction projects in California. At different times in my career I have worn the hats of city planner, contractor, planning commissioner, architect, and large project owner. Prior to my current role (at The Boldt Company), I spent 20 years in the community development, construction, regulatory, and healthcare sectors where I served in various management and leadership roles in both the public and private sector.
I try to stay active volunteering my time, starting with my assignment in the Peace Corps (Cote d’Ivoire 1993-1995) and including positions on local commissions and community & economic development organizations in the San Francisco Bay and Greater Sacramento areas. At different times I have also been a T-Ball, Little League and Mountain Bike coach, mostly to hang out with my sons more!
My wife Allison is the founder and Director of Gold Country Avian Studies, a nonprofit committed to improving the understanding of bird populations in the Sierra Nevada foothills through avian research and education. We have two sons, age 15 and 11, who attend Ghidotti and Union Hill, respectively. We moved to Nevada City in 2014 to be closer to the mountains and the Yuba River - where we have been coming to play for almost 20 years. I have been following SAEL’s growth with excitement and am looking forward to helping in any way I can.
Well, in 6th grade I wrote an autobiography saying I was going to be a teacher. I still have that written piece! I always enjoyed school. Old friends remember when they came to play at my house that we played school but I was ALWAYS the teacher!
I fell in love with the German language in my freshman year of High School. My teacher Frau Ross was amazing and German came easily to me, so I decided I would become a HS German teacher. I have an AS degree in German and a BA in Liberal Studies with a minor in German. As I put myself through school, I was fortunate enough to get a job in a federal day care center working with preschool to 6th grade kids. There I truly fell in love with elementary education. My Multiple Subjects Life-Long Credential and 14 years teaching (4/5th, 6th. K. 3rd, 4th again) lead me to getting my Masters in Education and my Preliminary Admin Credential from USF. I was first a Principal in San Jose (where I was born, raised, and taught). I then got the best admin job ever in Nevada County in a small school district with a Superintendent who hired his favorite 2 Principals to make a dream team! Declining enrollment took me to Yuba City Unified where I retired in 2009 after 34+ years in education to take care of my terminally ill husband who passed away in 2012.
I love being an educator and always have! My parents advised my brother and I to find our passions in the working world so that on any given "bad day" the love would sustain you and on the good days it would be most enjoyable! They were correct! There never has been a day in my career that I didn't want to return work the next day. Even as a retiree, I mentor beginning teachers and beginning Principals/Administrators. I have substituted for my daughter's 2 maternity leaves for 4 months each time teaching 6th grade and I just subbed for her this week in her 5th grade class! I have babysat my 2 grandkids 2 days a week while they were preschoolers...(they are now in 3rd grade and Kindergarten) and enjoyed the best job of all...being Grammy! I love teaching, teachers, students, parents and learning! Life is GOOD!!!
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Regular Board Meeting are held on the third or fourth Thursday of the month as much as possible. They will be at 5:30pm in Room R4 at NCE on 505 Main Street, Nevada City, 95959
Board meeting agendas and select minutes are available on the Board Archives page of our website.