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. Although not without a few bumps along the way, especially with COVID-19, my experiences with the families at SCFS have been wonderful.
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.
I enjoy family activities, international travel (I have been in Spain, Germany, Ireland, the Czech Republic, and Hungary since coming to SCFS), the Oregon Symphony, reading, writing, hiking, kayaking, and soccer.
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 Master’s Degree from Walden University is Mid-Level Specialization. I have worked in Middle School education for over fourteen years. I love the quirkiness of these kids!
I am a mother of a wonderful daughter who is heading off on a career of Landscape Architecture. 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.
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 cooking new foods, spending time with family, crafting/art projects, and traveling. My husband and I live in Longview, WA with our dog and two cats. Thank you for sharing your students with me!