Staff Bios

 Chelsea Norris, K/1 Hybrid Teacher

 Sarah Davis, 2/3 Hybrid Teacher

 David Pete, 4/5 Hybrid Teacher

Becky James. K-4 SSO Grade Teacher

Daniel Perry, P.E. Teacher

My name is Mr. Perry. This is my first year at Family School. 

Teaching physical education is such a reward for me as I get to work with students and help them discover a love for movement and lay the foundation for a healthy life. Outside of school, I love to run and play basketball any chance I get. I also enjoy being outdoors and camping with my family and our dogs.

We have a Black Labrador named “Blazer”, like the basketball team, and we have a Mini-Dachshund named “Mando” after the Star Wars show, The Mandalorian.

 Paula Ward, Music Teacher

 Maggie Jones, Title I Teacher

I love being a teacher! My grandmother was a teacher, beginning way back in the days of one room schoolhouses. When I volunteered in my son’s first grade classroom, I decided to change my career to teaching. I’ve always loved being around children. They are curious, energetic, and keep us learning and growing.
I grew up in NY and moved to Oregon when I was 32. I raised two sons who attended Edgewood, Spencer Butte, and SEHS. I have experience with being the parent of a reluctant reader, and being told that my child was below level in reading. As a parent and a teacher, I know the struggles of balancing home life, work life, and supporting my children in school.
My favorite book growing up was The Secret Garden. My favorite activity is walking in the woods. I also enjoy reading: I’m in two book clubs. As a lifelong learner, I hope to inspire the love of learning in every student.
-Maggie Jones
Family School Title Coordinator
Eugene 4J School District
 Courtney Owen, Learning Center

This is my 4th year of teaching at Family School and Chinese Immersion. I was born and raised here in Eugene, OR.  

I received my Bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon in Education Foundations in 2014, and my Master’s degree in Special Education in 2017. 

Some of my favorite things are baking, spending time with my fiance and our dog Daisy, and going hiking and camping in the summers!

 Leah Hampton, Educational Assistant

 Audrey Smith, Educational Assistant

 Dolores Gardner, Educational Assistant

 Tamara McIlhenny, Educational Assistant

 Haihui Wang, Educational Assistant

 Ayhana Gaines, Counselor

Three words come to mind when I think of myself: Determined, Flexible, and Genuine.

I am determined to finish all tasks that I start. I know that people change, behaviors change, and life brings about various challenges for us all, so I try to remain flexible at all times. I am a genuine person. I believe in giving my whole heart. I like real hugs, and real smiles. I offer grace to everyone that I encounter, because we are all worthy and important.

I love to sing. I love to dance, and I love to smile. I believe that smiling is contagious and if you do it often, it will definitely rub off on others. I am a pretty shy person until I get to know you; nevertheless, I am pretty funny. At least, I think so.

I love the little things in life. Going for walks, texting and talking with my family and friends, going to the mall occasionally, and of course vacationing. For me, it does not have to be fancy, as long as I am happy.

I have been in the education field for about nineteen years. I have taught 3rd and 4th grade, been an elementary counselor and a middle school counselor. I love what I do, and I definitely love working with my students. I am a believer of teamwork. I believe that we get more accomplished when we have allies on our side.

Just know, if you need a listening ear, I am here.

Ayhana Gaines

School Counselor, Family School/Chinese Immersion

 Jennifer Hebard, Principal

 Mallory Whitaker, Secretary

 Scott Nieshleb, Head Custodian