The Oregon Center for High School Success (CHSS) is a venture of Stand for Children, the organization which spearheaded passage of Measure 98 in 2016. Passage of the measure designated funding for all Oregon school districts in three focus areas that have demonstrated success in improving graduation rates: College Readiness, Career Technical Education and Dropout Prevention.
CHSS serves as a cost-free resource and thought partner for educators as they implement Measure 98. We offer resources for professional development and training, keep stakeholders up to date on legislative and other developments, and celebrate our shared successes as we work together to light a pathway to success for all Oregon students.
Scott has over 35 years of experience working in education, including six years as the superintendent of South Oregon Education Service District, and 10 years as superintendent of Linn Benton Lincoln Education Service District.
Scott has been deeply involved in work to impact high school graduation rates and encourage students on to post-secondary education opportunities. He assisted in designing the Reach Higher conference in Oregon during the summer of 2016.
Music and cooking remain Scott’s two passions outside of education. He is currently the cook for the St. Vincent DePaul soup kitchen in Medford on Fridays, and enjoys writing and recording songs for children in his free time.
Executive Director, Stand for Children Oregon
Toya Fick brings a wealth of relevant personal and professional experience to her role as executive director of Stand for Children Oregon.
Toya began her career as a middle school teacher in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Washington, D.C. before serving as an education policy advisor to former Sen. Hillary Clinton. She worked on education policy with the Alliance for Excellent Education and served as OHSU’s associate director of local and federal relations before joining Stand for Children Oregon as the government affairs director.
She was tapped to serve as executive director in 2014.
Toya’s leadership was pivotal in developing Measure 98 from a simple idea into a ballot measure that passed with the support of two-thirds of Oregon’s voters.
Policy & Advocacy Manager, Stand for Children Oregon
Parasa started her career as a kindergarten teacher at the Harvest Prep and BEST Academy Network in North Minneapolis. She has served as a policy fellow with Princeton University’s Public Policy and International Affairs Program, and at Leadership for Educational Equity in Minnesota. Parasa also worked in Washington state to improve student access to advanced coursework in high school and strengthen its 24-credit college and career readiness diploma.
Parasa’s leadership and advocacy throughout the 2017 legislative session was crucial in passing Measure 98 legislation and funding through the Oregon House and Senate. A proud product of the Oregon K-12 public school system, and a graduate of Lewis & Clark College, Parasa enjoys scrapbooking, swimming and dancing in her free time.
Brian grew up in Columbus, Ohio and after completing a B.S. in Communication from Ohio University, moved to Oregon to complete a Masters in Education at Oregon State. Brian is a former language arts and technology high school teacher. He has served as a career and technical education coordinator, director of talented and gifted programs, and as an administrator at the middle, high school, and university levels. At the University of Oregon’s College of Education, Brian developed and delivered courses and professional development for professors, K-12 teachers and principals from every continent (except Antarctica).
Brian is completing his doctoral studies with an emphasis in equity leadership. On weekends Brian can be found kayaking with his wife and daughter, or working on his latest screenplay.
Pandie is a National Board Certified Teacher with extensive experience at the high school level as a teacher, IB Diploma Coordinator, and administrator. She has facilitated student support teams and as a senior leadership team member at Bend High School, co-developed its Latino family support program. During her position as Academic Director at United World College Costa Rica, she guided students from over 70 countries and a wide range of backgrounds, including students from refugee camps, in obtaining the rigorous IB Diploma. Pandie has also worked as an educator in Hungary, Colombia, Bulgaria, China.
Pandie has called Bend home for the past 25 years. She enjoys cycling, hiking, backpacking and discovering the quiet beauty of Oregon’s rural landscapes.
Karen is a licensed teacher leader and was appointed to the Oregon governor’s Council for Educator Advancement in 2016. She also served on the Deputy Superintendent’s Advisory Committee at the Oregon Department of Education, and taught classes and led support teams at Ashland High School for almost twenty years. Responsible for crafting support systems for the Ashland School District, Karen currently works for G.R.A.D. consulting, helping teachers to improve student graduation rates.
Karen lives in Ashland with her husband and old cat. They have two adult children and one precious toddler grandson. In her spare time Karen loves to cook, do yoga, hike, play with the grandson, read, travel, and spend time with family and friends.
Gainell has served in coaching roles for the past 10 years. She was formerly a lead youth advocate for Open School’s Step-Up program at Roosevelt High School. She is a licensed educator and has taught social studies and language arts at Portland’s SEI Academy as well as in Prince George’s County, Maryland. She has experience teaching in programs such as TAG, AVID and ABE.
Gainell is a proud Oregonian and PSU alumna. In her spare time, she loves to hike, bike, and visit children’s bookstores with her toddler daughter
Kristin served most recently as a high school vice principal in Manhattan Beach, California, leading efforts around equity and access to improve student outcomes. She provided instructional coaching on culturally-responsive and research-based teaching strategies, and served as literacy trainer for teachers. Kristin believes in leadership through inspiration, collaboration and compassion. Having spent all of her teaching years with eighth grade students before moving into high school administration, she has an understanding of (and passion for!) the unique challenges and opportunities that lie in the critical transition from middle school to freshman year.
Kristin and her husband, Josh, are brand new to Oregon. She enjoys hiking, yoga, reading, learning, house projects and is starting to pursue rock climbing. She has confessed a freakish love for spreadsheets and system and design thinking. These loves come second to her husband and their Border-Collie/Jack Russell mix dog, Ryder, of course.