Staff

Core Faculty:

Head Teacher: Administration, Field Studies, Spanish, PE:

Delaney Sharp

dsharp@blackbutte.k12.or.us

Head Teacher, Delaney Sharp was born and raised in Hood River, Oregon. Growing up, he always knew he wanted to be a teacher in a rural town in his home state. After studying history at Oregon State University, Delaney pursued a variety of jobs working with children including teaching preschool, skiing, and outdoor school. Teaching outdoor school became a passion as he worked with OMSI on the coast and in central Oregon. He finally left the state of Oregon for an opportunity to teach in Yosemite Valley with NatureBridge. Luckily he did so, because he met his wife Jennie there, who shares his passion for education. After 10 years of working in alternative education settings, Delaney went back to school and received a Masters of Education from Lewis and Clark. From there he worked at Astoria High School teaching Social Studies. He has been thrilled to work as the Head Teacher at Black Butte School since 2015, because his unique position combines his love for teaching a variety of age groups indoors and outdoors with the rigor and challenge of running a school.

Language Arts, Computer Literacy, Field Studies Teacher:
 
Mr. B was born in the copper town of Calumet, MI. where he was raised to always clean his plate.  He’s been considered a fast runner, but has been slow at everything else he attempts.  Mr. B enjoys music.  His wife Brianna doesn’t enjoy the noisier, avant-garde stuff, but he plays it anyway.  Joni Mitchell’s unspeakable Blue is his second favorite record of all-time.

Mr. B is a rule follower and a bit of a cynic.  Some days he wonders if he’s ever done something that wasn’t selfish.  Sometimes he lies about his birthplace.  He enjoys reading, but almost never finishes a book.  On most days he can be distracted by pie, especially strawberry-rhubarb.  His first son is named after an imaginary character on a once popular British children’s show, not the father of existentialism.  His second child, also a boy, has a strong family name that’s very similar to his brother’s middle name.  Mr. B and his wife don’t know what they’ll name their third child, if a boy.  Mr. B enjoys laughing with his class and making art.  He also thinks you’re great.
 

Math Teacher: Shawn Steele
ssteele@blackbutte.k12.or.us

While math teacher Shawn Steele was fulfilling her dream of living in Wyoming and working in a library, she fell quite suddenly into educating teens in outdoor wilderness settings.  She found that she enjoyed her time with students so much, she took a job working at the Jackson Hole Middle School as a paraprofessional.  After completing a Masters in Education from the University of Arizona in 2003, Shawn returned to Jackson to teach 7th grade math for three years. Moving back to Oregon to be closer to her family, Shawn started teaching math at the New Leaf Academy in Bend. Shawn’s most recent teaching position was with the Living Wisdom School in Beaverton as the 3rd, 4th and 5th grade teacher.  Shawn and her family are enjoying their new friends and neighbors in Sisters and look forward to developing strong community ties.

Educational Assistant: Tiffany Briggs
tbriggs@blackbutte.k12.or.us

Tiffany Briggs and was born and raised in Bend, Oregon. She has been married to her husband for 14 years and together they have three amazing sons. She recently graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Science with a focus in Child Development. Working with children has always been one of her passions. Her first job when she was 12 was assisting in a preschool; from there she has had the privilege to work with children of all ages backgrounds, and abilities. Last fall she enjoyed an internship in a Kindergarten classroom in Bend. Spending time and working with those students was a life changing experience, one that she will forever be grateful. She is so excited to be able to experience the joys of working with children again at the Black Butte School.
 

 

 

Enrichment & Contract Teachers:

Visual Arts: Annie Painter
anniepainter@msn.com

Annie Painter is a former award winning Oregon elementary principal with experience as an elementary classroom teacher (kindergarten and grade six), exhibiting soft sculptor, curriculum specialist, middle and high school fine arts teacher. She spent three years as a national arts and literacy coach. Annie has joined BBS to share her love of art and build an environment which inspires imagination, skill-building, and personal expression for the kids at BBS.

 

Theater Arts: Jennie Sharp
jsharp@blackbutte.k12.or.us
 
Enrichment teacher, Jennie Sharp is an educator with lots of varied experience and education. Hailing from California, she completed her bachelors in Art History with a minor in Forestry at the University of California at Berkeley. After getting her teaching license in Social Studies at the University of San Diego, Ms. Sharp began working at NatureBridge, an environmental school in Yosemite National park. She met her spouse (BBS's very own Mr. Sharp) teaching in Yosemite. After getting married, she moved to Mr. Sharp's home state of Oregon, where she went back to school yet again at Portland State University to complete her Masters in Education Leadership and Policy with a specialty in Leadership for Sustainability Education. Since then she's enjoyed raising her two young sons, substitute teaching at Astoria High School, and now teaching a variety of enrichment classes at BBS.
 
Music (Guitar and Ukulele): Benji Nagel

Substitute Teacher: Judy Craig
jcraig@blackbutte.k12.or.us

Judy Craig hails from the Albany area and recently retired to the Sisters area.  Ms. Craig previously taught STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) at BBS.  She brings over 40 years of experience teaching mixed-age elementary classes at small schools in Oregon.

Support Staff:

Student Services Coordinator: Jennifer Benton
jbenton@blackbutte.k12.or.us
 
Jennifer Benton was born and raised in Plano, Texas. She graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a Bachelors in Journalism / Advertising and a minor in Business. After working in advertising and accounting, she decided to go back to school for her teaching degree. She taught special education in Texas for four years and also has experience teaching first and second grades. Jennifer earned two Masters degrees in Professional and School Counseling and was a school counselor for the last ten years in Frisco, Texas. Jennifer is very passionate about children and is excited to collaborate with teachers and parents to help build character in all students. She strives for all students to be successful in their social, emotional and overall well-being.
 
District Clerk: Shawn Russell
srussell@blackbutte.k12.or.us
 
Shawn Russell recently relocated to Camp Sherman from Alaska, where she worked as a health professor.  Prior to university teaching, Shawn worked as a PK-12 school-based counselor.  She holds a Bachelors degree in child psychology from Arizona State University and a Masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Alaska.  In her free time, Shawn is an artist who enjoys getting to know the local community and exploring all Central Oregon has to offer.
 
Maintenance, Bus Driver, and Custodian: Scott McNitt
smcnitt@blackbutte.k12.or.us12.or.us