Core Faculty:

Head Teacher: Administration, Field Studies, Spanish, P.E.
Delaney Sharp

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

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.

Paraproffesional: Tiffany Briggs

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.

Child Development Specialist: Phoenix Ries

Phoenix Ries was born in Lawrence kansas but moved to Oregon before she was three. She walked and talked early and loved to learn! Phoenix was raised to question authority and that created some problems during her high school years, but she managed to graduate early with the support of a great school counselor. Phoenix graduated from the University of Oregon with a BS in Developmental Psychology and later from Portland State University with a Masters in Counselor Education. Over the Course of 35+ years in the mental health field she has worked in a variety of private and public settings: schools, clinics, community college, and as a Licensed Counselor in private practice specializing work with children and teens. Phoenix is also a Certified Parent Coach and Youth and Adult Yoga teacher. Phoenix recently transplanted herself to Sisters (after 24 years in Philomath, OR) with husband, Tom, and cats, Pepper and Casper. She loves to run and hike, practice and teach yoga and have deep meaningful relationships. Always working to live in alignment she is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of Black Butte School team and to share her expertise and heart with students, staff, and families. 

Enrichment Teachers:

Performing Arts: Jennie Sharp
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: Justin Veloso
Justin Veloso is a sound artist, percussionist and songwriter living in Sisters, Oregon. After a decade living in NYC he has recently made the move to Central Oregon. His musical life has provided many wonderful opportunities to play all over the world with a variety of musicians (Zs, Jolie Holland, Steve Moore, Butch Morris, Daniel Carter, Ron Anderson, Aldous Harding) while also leading and co-leading his own groups (Rapstar, Jay-Zee-Sushi-Car, Whoopi Franco Plays Drums, Super Seaweed). 

Support Staff:

Business Manager & District Clerk: Shawn Russell
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.
Facilities & Maintence Specialist: Gary Gray
Gary grew up in upstate New York spending most of his free time playing Lacrosse. He received a BA at NYU in Art History, living and working in NYC until he grew tired of the city and looked for the opposite experience. He found it when he moved to Laramie, Wy for his MBA and met his wife rock climbing at Vedauwoo. Together they have lived in Colorado, Wyoming, Japan, in the back of a truck on the road while climbing, San Diego and Portland until finding his home in Camp Sherman. He spent 12 years working in executive management in long term care industry, most of it in San Diego, before shifting gears to be a stay at home dad to 3 adventurous little girls.  He is excited to be living in Camp Sherman and contributing to the school and community. His interests include fishing, mountain biking, international travel and camping with his family. 

Bus Driver: 
Custodian: Susanne Sandiforth
Susanne has deep roots in the state of Oregon.  Both sides of her family lived in the territory before it was even considered to be a state.  She was born in Eugene and most of her family still lives in Oregon.  Susanne has had the privilege of living here at Camp Sherman off and on for the last few years.  The longer she’s here the more she hopes to stay.  She enjoys being part of a small community.  She also loves being surrounded by nature and all the wonderment it beholds.  There is not a day that goes by that she isn’t in awe of something.  Susanne considers it an honor to be a part of the Black Butte School staff.  She admires the school’s philosophy a great deal and believes if all schools and their staff were as committed to their students’ learning experience, empowerment and overall well-being our world would probably be in much better shape.