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  New and Recently Reappointed TSPC Commissioners
  Released: Wednesday, February 15, 2006 at 5:00 PM
 
 
 
The following actions were recently taken by the Senate Rules Committee on Governor's Executive Appointments.

Appointments:

Melissa Sass was appointed by Governor Kulongoski to the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission for a 3-year term that began January 23, 2006, and will end December 31, 2008. Ms. Sass succeeds Anne Jones on the Commission representing one of four elementary teacher positions.

Ms. Sass is a Teacher on Special Assignment, Personnel Specialist, with the Beaverton School District, Human Resources. She has been an elementary classroom teacher and an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher. As a graduate student in the School of Education at Oregon State University, she served on a Teacher Education Consortium (TEC) where the needs of English Language Learners were researched and the lack of educators prepared to use best practices with this special population. She is an active member of the Beaverton School District Diversity Committee.

In serving as a Commissioner, Ms. Sass stated "this will allow me to represent current and future educators in Oregon, as we work towards our goal of meeting the needs of every student in the state. I look forward to the challenges, the conversations and the decision making process that will have a positive and lasting effect on our schools."

Sam Stern was appointed by Governor Kulongoski to the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission for a 3-year term that began January 23, 2006, and will end December 31, 2008. Dr. Stern succeeds Carol Mack on the Commission representing state institutions of higher education.

Dr. Stern serves as Dean of the College of Education at Oregon State University. He has worked as a professional educator for more than thirty years, including service as a licensed junior high school teacher and administrator, community college instructor, and university faculty member. Since 1981, he has been a member of the education faculty at Oregon State University involved in teacher education programs.

Dr. Stern is interested in serving on the Commission to work in support of maintaining and improving the performance of the education profession. He is particularly interested in the preparation and quality of teachers and their ability to contribute to increasing student success for all students.


Mario Alba was appointed to fill the duration of an unexpired three-year term that began August 1, 2005, and ended December 31, 2005. Mr. Alba was subsequently reappointed to a term that began January 1, 2006, and will end December 31, 2008. Mr. Alba replaced Peter Tromba on the Commission representing junior or senior high school administrators.

Mr. Alba serves as a Principal at J.B. Thomas Middle School in the Hillsboro School District 1J. He has been an Assistant Principal at Woodburn High School and Milwaukie High School. He has taught in Las Vegas, NV; Salt Lake City, UT; and Gladstone, OR.

Mr. Alba became interested in becoming a teacher and following in the foot steps of a quality educator that influenced his life in many facets since he was a middle school student. He felt he could touch the lives of young students the way he was influenced. He continues to work with young students and teachers, in seeking best practices that will help mold the minds of the future. Being on the Commission will provide an opportunity to serve the children and educators of our school systems.

Reappointment:

Nancy Watt This is Ms. Watt's second term on the Commission representing an approved private teacher education institution. She was reappointed to a 3-year term that began January 1, 2006, and will end December 31, 2008. Ms. Watt is Interim Dean, School of Education, at Pacific University.

A bio and picture for each of the above Commissioners is available on the TSPC Web site under the directory entitled Commission. If you have any questions, please contact Melody Hanson at melody.hanson@state.or.us or 503-373-1260.
 

 

  Archived: March 1, 2006  [MH:255-1] 
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