Meet the School Board

  • Laurie Adams Laurie Adams, Position 1
    Term Expires: 06.30.2019

    Professionally, Laurie has been a realtor and an insurance agent for more than 30 years. She previously served on the Springfield Board of Education from 1985 to 1997. Laurie was re-appointed on July 15, 2002, and elected to that position in the spring of 2003. Her current term runs through June 30, 2019. Laurie is passionate about kids, especially her granddaughters, and she loves Springfield. 

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  • Emilio Hernandez Emilio Hernandez Ph.D., Position 2
    Term Expires: 06.30.2021

    Emilio was elected to the school board in May 2017. He has lived in Springfield for more than 45 years and is committed to helping all children gain a meaningful education and experience in our schools. Emilio has served on the district's Budget Committee and the Bond Oversight Committee and also served nine years on the state Board of Education. A former migrant worker, he has been actively involved in both area and national Latino organizations and is passionate about issues affecting families in poverty. With a PhD in higher education, he is currently employed working directly with at-risk youth through Direction Service, a Springfield agency the provides support for disabled children.

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  • Zach Bessett Zachary Bessett, Chair, Position 3
    Term Expires: 06.30.2021

    Zach was elected to the school board in May 2017. Zach has lived in Springfield for more than 30 years and is a 2000 Springfield High School graduate. Having a teaching degree himself, Zach is enthusiastic about helping create endless possibilities for our community's youth. He currently works as a sports and recreation coordinator at Willamalane and does freelance woodworking and mechanic. He has a special interest in career and technical education and STEAM curriculum. He has previously served on the district's budget committee and the bond oversight committee.

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  • Naomi Raven Naomi Raven, Position 4
    Term Expires: 06.30.2019

    Naomi was appointed to the school board in August 2018. She and her husband have lived in Springfield for 10 years and have four children in Springfield schools. Her roots in education are deep – as a licensed teacher whose parents were both educators, she cares deeply about helping every child succeed. She has taught at multiple levels, including substituting in Springfield, and has volunteered on a number of committees at both at the school and district levels. As a teacher, she is especially interested in providing meaningful, hands-on learning experiences for students, and in the design of special education programs. She is committed to fully understanding the needs of the district, and to ensuring that all students are valued and respected. She hopes to help encourage families to become active participants in their children’s education.
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  • Michelle Webber Michelle Webber, Vice Chair, Position 5
    Term Expires: 06.30.2021 

    Michelle was appointed to the school board in June 2018. The parent of a Springfield High graduate, Michelle has been volunteering with the district for years. Michelle is especially interested in increasing student engagement and encouraging parents to work collaboratively with their students to ensure both student safety and success. She believes strongly in supporting families so that every student is ready to learn, and in providing personalized learning opportunities for students. With a long career in banking, Michelle is currently an assistant vice president at Columbia Bank. 

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