The Oregon Center for High School Success is a venture by Stand for Children Oregon to help maximize the impact Measure 98 has on our students and our education system overall. The Center acts as a thought partner for districts as they develop their plans for Measure 98 funding, and a resource for school administrators seeking guidance on how to make the most of their allocation. Parents, teachers, administrators and advocates alike can turn to the Oregon Center for High School Success to find key tools and resources to help in applying for and implementing Measure 98, as well as examples of best practices and success stories as these policies become a reality for kids across our state.
Interim Director of the Oregon Center for High School Success
Scott has over 35 years of experience working in education, including 6 years as the Superintendent of South Oregon Education Service District, and ten years as Superintendent of Linn Benton Lincoln Education Service District. Since 2002, Scott has worked extensively with over 150 high schools to improve student attendance and success. He worked to develop an assessment process for schools to determine best practices and action plans to encourage regular, punctual attendance. Scott is also 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.
As someone who has been both a student and an administrator in Oregon’s public education system, and as someone who has worked on the ground in our schools, Scott brings a wealth of first-hand knowledge to his role. Throughout his career – from school psychologist to elementary school principal to superintendent – Scott’s priority has always been our kids.
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 of 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 teacher, first at Prescott Middle school in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with Teach For America, and then at KIPP DC AIM Academy in Washington, DC. She also served as Education Policy Advisor to former Senator Hillary Clinton, authoring three education bills, and then worked on education policy with the Alliance for Excellent Education.
After moving to Portland, Toya served as OHSU’s associate director of local and federal relations before joining Stand for Children Oregon as the government affairs director. She quickly established herself as a respected advocate in Salem and as a leader within the organization. In June 2014, she was tapped to serve as Stand Oregon’s Executive Director.
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. Her passion in developing the policies enshrined by Measure 98 now drive her commitment to seeing a successful rollout for Oregon’s student and our schools.
Policy & Advocacy Manager for Stand for Children Oregon
Parasa’s leadership and advocacy throughout the 2017 legislative session was pivotal in passing Measure 98 legislation and funding through the Oregon state House and Senate. Her ability to collaborate with a wide variety of stakeholders and stay one step ahead of complex legislative dynamics was crucial to making this investment a reality for Oregon students.
Parasa started her career as a kindergarten teacher at the Harvest Prep and BEST Academy Network in North Minneapolis. Her students have taught her so much about how to be patient, positive, and persistent in the face of many challenges. Their energy and stories continue to drive her work in education advocacy and policy.
She has served as a Policy Fellow with Princeton University’s Public Policy and International Affairs Program and Leadership for Educational Equity in New Jersey and Minnesota, respectively. Parasa has also worked in Washington state where she worked with coalition partners to improve student access to advanced coursework in high school and strengthen Washington’s 24-credit college and career readiness diploma.
An Oregon native, Parasa is a proud product of the Oregon K-12 public school system and a graduate of Lewis & Clark College. In her free time, she enjoys scrapbooking, swimming and dancing.
CTE Director for Stand for Children/Oregon Center for High School Success
Jason is as much a product of career-technical education (CTE) as he is an educator and practitioner of it. As a high school junior on the verge of dropping out, Jason’s Business and Management Career Pathway gave him the motivation to finish school, begin coursework at the community college and ultimately earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Marketing Education. As a CTE teacher at Beaverton High School, he expanded his program from one full time position to four, served on multiple committees and provided an opportunity for his students to travel the country with Oregon DECA (a Career Technical Students Organization) where he also served as the Oregon Board Chair. Following eight years as a secondary educator, Jason’s passion for introducing students to major brand opportunities led him to make an unconventional decision – an MBA instead of the more common M.Ed.
With his MBA in hand, Jason entered the world of marketing and communications with some of the most prominent brand names in the World. His experience includes managing award-winning projects for Adidas, Citrix, Columbia Sportswear, McAfee, Microsoft Studios, Nike, Sorel, Target and Xbox and most recently, Jason served as Vice President and Creative Services Director for Umpqua Bank, where he oversaw the transition of the creative team growing from an $11 billion to a $24 billion corporation.
Despite Jason’s success in the business world, he never lost sight of his original passion for teaching CTE. Over the last 15 years, he used his experiences in advertising, branding, design and marketing to expose his post-secondary students to cutting edge industries and the experts that lead those fields. Jason brings his experiences as a CTE student, secondary and post-secondary teacher and working professional with him to Stand Oregon’s new Center for High School Success (CHSS), offering educators a unique perspective on hands-on and career-oriented education that can help them make the most of Measure 98 for their students.