Staff

Core Faculty:

Head Teacher: Administration, Physical Education, Upper Grades Humanities and Field Studies
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.

Lower Grades Language Arts and Math, Computer Literacy, Visual and Performing Arts
 
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. He is an infrequent guest on 88.9 KPOV’s Left of the Dial and writes music reviews for one online publication. His wife 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. 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. His third child (another boy) has a smile warm enough to melt the frigid landscape of our collective hurts and his baby girl has spellbound his family into being so present they often forget to put on sunscreen. Mr. B hopes for authenticity and is a bit of a realist. He’s not concerned about the cup being half full or half empty; he’s thinking about the person who will eventually wash said cup. Some days he wonders if he’s ever done something that wasn’t selfish. Sometimes he lies about his birthplace.
 

Upper Grade Math and Lower Grade Field Studies 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.

Performing Arts and Substitute Teacher; Special Projects Clerk: Jennie Sharp
jsharp@blackbutte.k12.or.us
 
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. She then moved to 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, starting a new children's theater business called Starshine, and working at Black Butte School.
 

Paraproffesional: Kassie DeMarsh
kdemarsh@blackbutte.k12.or.us

Kassie was born in Milwaukee WI, but has loved Oregon since her first visit in the second grade. She moved to Oregon to go to the University of Oregon and spent much of her college years visiting and exploring Central Oregon. During college and since, Kassie has worked in a variety of educational organizations including the Gilbert House Children’s museum, farm education, and Waldorf education schools. She is also an Oregon Platypus (Duck and Beaver) pursuing her Masters in Teacher at OSU Cascades. Kassie’s dream of living in Camp Sherman came true 2 years ago. That dream is now completed by being a teacher at Black Butte School. Equally shared with Kassie’s love of education is her love of exploring. She has been around the world and traveled to many different countries. She loves adventuring in the forests and mountains around Camp Sherman.You may see her riding her bike or snowboard, hiking, picking up mossy sticks, and smelling flowers. 
 

Child Development Specialist: Phoenix Ries
pries@blackbutte.k12.or.us

Phoenix Ries was born in Lawrence, Kansas and 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. 

Support Staff:

Business Manager & District Clerk: Shawn Russell
srussell@blackbutte.k12.or.us
 
Shawn Russell 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.
 

Assistant District Clerk: Celeste Ingram
cingram@blackbutte.k12.or.us
Celeste’s upbringing began in sunny San Diego, where she resided until the age of 6. This is where her love for the Chargers and Padres began. A family move to the Pacific North West brought her to the town of Gresham Oregon. She met her husband Matthew while attending Gresham High School together. Matthew and Celeste have brought three beautiful boys into the world. Their oldest son is a Doctor of Pharmacy at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane WA. Their two younger sons attend school here at BBS. The boys have high hopes to follow in their big brothers footsteps. Celeste and her family traveled to the Bend area for vacations on a consistent basis. They fell in the love with the area and all that Central Oregon has to offer. It finally became a priority to leave big city life behind and move to the tranquil small town of Sisters. Celeste’s love for the outdoors and four legged creatures has grown into a small farm. With 3 dogs, 1 cat, 14 chickens and 4 horses, all her dreams from childhood have come true, with the exception of the Chargers winning a Super Bowl. Celeste and family enjoy fishing, boating, skiing, horseback riding and all things Dave Matthews Band.
 

Transportation & Facilities Specialist: Ken Ball 
Ken returns to Oregon from the panhandle of Texas where he lived for 17 years with his wife and their four children. Before that he was in the Air Force with a career in Ground Radio Communications as Technician and Instructor. In the USAF he spent time in North Dakota, Alaska, Mississippi, Turkey, Nebraska and Texas. He entered the military shortly after graduating from High School in Silverton, OR. During his career, Ken made a few visits back to his home state, meeting and marrying his better half, Marcy, in Madras, OR. They are very happy to be back permanently now (God willing). He looks forward to pursuing old interests of camping/traveling, hiking, bicycling, and woodworking, along with community involvement through church, being neighborly, and working with kids again (his are all grown up) at Black Butte School.
 
 
 
Facilities & Maintence Specialist: Gary Gray
ggray@blackbutte.k12.or.us
 
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.