John Boyd – Superintendent, Quincy School District
Nik Bergman – Assistant Superintendent, Quincy School District
Colleen Frerks – Principal. Mountain View Elementary
Sonya Heisters – Director, YouthTruth Student Survey
About the session
Washington districts are encouraged to measure school climate and parent engagement for ESSA, but how do we, really, capture these elusive intangibles? How can we turn engagement and climate indicators into levers for improvement? How can these indicators help us prioritize equity and better serve our most vulnerable students and families? You’ll learn from forward-thinking leaders who have proven systems to address these questions, and more. You will hear about their experience integrating stakeholder voice, and share your own perspectives, challenges, and victories.
About the speakers
John Boyd is the Superintendent of Quincy School District. Prior to Quincy, he served as the executive director of instructional leadership at Highline School District. He also served as a principal at Chief Sealth International High School and the Secondary Bilingual Orientation Center. He got his undergraduate degree from the University of Montana.
Nik Bergman is the Assistant Superintendent of Quincy School District. He began his career as a teacher at Quincy High School, because taking over as Dean of Students at Quincy Junior High. He also served as principal at George Elementary School and Pioneer Elementary School. He is currently working towards his superintendent certification and doctoral degree at Washington State University.
Colleen Frerks is the principal of Mountain View Elementary School in Quincy School District. Mountain View Elementary focuses on providing an atmosphere that supports each child’s ability to achieve to their full potential while nurturing their emotional, physical, and creative growth.
Like many educators, Sonya Heisters’ love for teaching is in her DNA. Her grandmother was a principal, her mother, a high school teacher, and her brother is a celebrated middle school special education teacher. Her work in education has spanned every age-range. Prior to joining YouthTruth, Sonya served as a Director at the Presidio Graduate School. Her experience in K–12 education includes work as Director of University Tutoring, as the Tutoring Program Manager for Kaplan, and as the Site Director of a K–5 program in rural CA. Sonya graduated from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA with degrees in English and Non-Profit Management of Education Programs. She completed her student teaching practicum at Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School.