Ray Brown, Principal
Being principal of SCFS has provided me a wonderful opportunity to work with staff, parents, and children to ensure that we meet the needs of our students. Since this is my third year, I now have a greater understanding how the program works and ways in which we can improve our school.
As a graduate of San Diego State and California State University in San Bernardino, I have a long background in education, from my beginnings of teaching in East Los Angeles to, eventually, coordinate the Master of Arts in Teaching program at Eastern Oregon University. I retired from the Oregon University System, but felt I still have something to offer in education.
My wife and I have enjoyed our relocation to Warren, especially with living in a rural environment with close proximity to a vibrant urban area. We enjoy the symphony, soccer, travel, and working on our three acres. With three sons, we understand the joys and tribulations of parenting. Mary, my wife, is a wish granter for Make-a-Wish. Our youngest son teaches at Pacific University in the math department.
Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have concerns.
Vickie Weaver, Office Manager
I have had the opportunity to be at SCFS since its inception in 2004. It has been a joy to work In this smaller school setting where I enjoy getting to know the families.
I graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Business Administration. I was fortunate to be a stay at home for 20 years with my four sons. In 2001 I began substitute teaching for St. Helens School District.
Now that my sons are all grown and graduated from college, my husband and I are having a wonderful time pursuing our many interests including travel, theater, tap dancing, church activities, boating and motorcycling. We are also new grandparents!
Gretchen Landin, Grades 6-8
Hello, I am Gretchen Landin, SCFS’s Mid Level Educator, Testing Coordinator, and Techie. For many years, I have been lucky to work with an amazing staff, families and their students. My educational background includes a Master’s Degree in Mid-Level Specialization from Walden University, a teaching certificate from Arizona State University, and from Washington State University a Bachelor’s Degree in English with a Minor in Drama.
I am a mother of a wonderful daughter, who graduated High School and began college at Washington State University in 2015. Wow, the time goes so quickly! My ultra supportive husband is a traveling engineer who inspires many of my science and writing projects. My extended family includes all of the ladies of SCFS. We truly mean family school; we work hard and have great fun together learning ways to better support our students.
To help define my role as an educator with SCFS, I would like to share a final writing piece with you from one of my students, “Mrs. Landin, I do not know how to explain how grateful and happy I am to call you my teacher. You are smart and funny, creative and loving. I will miss you more than I can put into words…” (ND 2014). It is an honor to have notes like this one come across my desk to let me know that I have helped a student better themselves as they move forward with their education.
Valena Tabor, Grades 3-5
Hi, my name is Valena Taber. I have been working at SCFS since 2008 and it is the BEST job ever! I love the balance our school creates for families who want a unique learning environment for their children. In 2015-2016, I am teaching grades 3-5 again. Previously I taught K-2. Teaching fills my life with so much joy.
My education started in Rexburg, ID where I earned my Associates Degree. I continued on at Portland State University, where I earned my teaching license along with a Masters in Education.
I have been a substitute teacher, a Mad Scientist, assistance Customer Service manager at Alberston’s, a 4-H leader, youth dance instructor, Art Literacy Coach, and best of all a mother!
Some things I enjoy when I am not teaching include hiking, rafting, camping, gardening, baking, singing, dancing, playing with my family and doing whatever sounds fun!
Alison Norton, Grades K-2
I am looking forward to another great year at SCFS. I started my adventure here during the 2011-2012 school year, and have enjoyed being involved in such a unique program filled with wonderful staff, students, and families.
After growing up in Scappoose, I began my college education at PCC, but soon transferred to Portland State where I earned my Bachelors of Science degree majoring in Social Science. It was there that I discovered and began to nurture my true passion for teaching. After lots of tutoring and working with kids, I decided to attend Concordia University, where I received my Masters of Arts in Teaching in 2010. Before joining SCFS, I worked as a reading assistant at Ladd Acres in Hillsboro. I truly love being creative, making learning fun, and exciting!
I love animals, spending time with my family, hiking, going to the beach, and taking lots of pictures. Recently married, my husband and I just purchased our first home, in Kelso, WA. Thank you for sharing your students with me. They are such a joy!