Meet Jaylyn

I am running for school board because we need an equitable representation of voice, leadership and experience that reflects the communities the board serves. To provide every child with the education they deserve, the 509j School Board requires a vision that is inclusive of the community, provides an inclusive process of engagement and is transparent and accountable to the communities of Jefferson County.
My professional career, volunteer service and life experiences have prepared me well for the Jefferson County 509J School Board. I currently manage a program that focuses on school dropout prevention, high-school readiness, career/college readiness, family inclusivity when attaining higher education and trauma-informed, culturally relevant curriculum development and practices. I have served on the Governor's Healthy Early Learners Council, the American Indian/Alaska Native Advisory Committee for the Office of Indian Education for the Oregon Department of Education, the Early Learning Leadership Council for the Early Learning Hub for Central Oregon, and I currently serve on the National Indian Education Association Board and Cascade East Area Health Education Center Advisory Board  
I have volunteered in both the Warm Springs and Madras communities on projects ranging from voter education, resource sharing, gathering community input and offering assistance. I volunteered for the girls’ basketball program as a former lady White Buffalo and coached one season. I support after-school activities and programming as well as alternative education. I worked at and taught cultural education and art classes for Bridges High School and partnered with many programs like the Heart of Oregon Corps, COCC Red Road Program, the 21st Century After School Program, Tribal Health Scholars and OHSU OnTrack.
I believe school board leadership should reflect the communities it serves and that equitable representation benefits all students and families of the district. My background and experience gives me a unique voice on the school board to help shape an equitable educational system. I value our school district’s diversity and firmly believe in equity and inclusion at all levels of decision making.