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Gresham-Barlow School District Speakers Bureau

The Gresham-Barlow School District believes organizations, civic groups, and clubs are the lifeblood of a community. Made up of caring and committed citizins, its in organizations such as Rotary, Optimist, or Soroptimist where you 'll find exemplary individuals making our hometown a great place to live!

Many Gresham-Barlow District staff members are available to speak to groups and organizations so that your members have up-to-date information on what's happening in our schools, and how you can help make them better.

Participating members of the school district's Speakers Bureau are listed below, with information on the topics they offer. Click on their names to find their contact information and a brief overview of presentation topics.

Please contact them directly to arrange for a speaking engagement, or if you prefer, email Athena Vadnais for assistance in selecting potential speakers.


Superintendent Jim Schlachter
Gresham-Barlow School: Every Student Prepared for Success

Find out about the district's new mission and vision statement developed with the help of hundreds of community members. Learn about the district's strategic plan and the initiatives underway to ensure every student in the district is prepared for success.
Send an Email to Jim Schlachter
Phone: (503) 261-4555

James Hiu, Deputy Superintendent of Secondary Education and Operations
It takes a village

Learn how partnerships with community groups have enabled our middle schools to provide after school programs that are wildly popular with students.
Co-curricular programs: How they become an extension of the classroom
Learn about the critical “real-world” skills students develop when they participate in after school activities and why those activities can play a factor in preparing students for success in life.
Send an Email to James Hiu
Phone: (503) 261-4577

Teresa Ketelsen, Deputy Superintendent of Teaching and Learning
The two “R’s”—and why they matter to students
We all know the three “R’s,” but have you heard of the other two—Rigor and Relevance? Find out how our curriculum has changed to meet the needs of a new world.
Send an Email to Teresa Ketelsen
Phone: (503) 261-4597

Tim Drilling, Executive Director of Assessment and Accountability
Online learning—How it’s opening doors to new learning possibilities for students
Colleges have had online classes for years. Find out how the Gresham-Barlow Web Academy is making online learning work for middle and high school students.
Send an Email to Tim Drilling
Phone: (503) 261-4559

Marilyn Shephard, Oasis Volunteer Coordinator
Generations making a difference
Baby Boomers are sharing their talents with Generation Z through the Oasis Program. Find out about this volunteer program sponsored by Macys, that provides special training to volunteers 50+.
Phone: (503) 665-3544




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