Staff

Core Faculty:

Head Teacher: 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.

Teacher: Ethan Barrons
 
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.
 

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 Manager: 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, launching a new children's theater business called Starshine, and working at Black Butte School.
 

Teacher: 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:


District Administrator: Kirstin Anglea
Kirstin Anglea was born in The Dalles. She spent the first 12 years of her life exploring the NW, then her dad’s work took the family to Oconomowoc, WI. They camped, biked and explored rivers and lakes by canoe. With relatives in the PNW, she returned often. Inspired by amazing science teachers, she earned a teaching degree from UW-Madison, with a focus on environmental education. She moved to Milwaukee where she worked to connect youth with nature in their community. She loved watching them as they moved from fear to wonder, from “yuck” to “cool”! With the belief that every student and teacher deserve a safe, nurturing learning environment, she wanted to gain a deeper understanding for the relationship between school culture, student learning, and teacher retention. She earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership, with a focus on teacher renewal, based on the work of Parker Palmer. She was an assistant professor of Education at Cardinal Stritch University before joining the staff at Urban Ecology Center in Milwaukee. Her parents retired to Sisters 17 years ago. Kirstin’s daughter, Anya, moved to Sisters in 2017. It was time for Kirstin to come “home". She is a trained mentor/coach, and a trained facilitator with the Center for Courage & Renewal She is honored to be part of the caring and collaborative team at Black Butte School. Kirstin lives with her family in Sisters. When not working, you’ll find her kayaking, cooking with her family, singing or wandering in the wilderness.
 
Business Manager: Simon Levear
slevear@blackbutte.k12.or.us or clerk@blackbutte.k12.or.us
Simon was born in the United Kingdom and came to the “states” as a three year old.  Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Simon earned a Business degree from Oregon State University.  A mid-life career change led to a degree in accounting from Portland State University, followed by a Certified Public Accountant certification.  Simon had been a School Business Official for over fifteen years. Simon has two adult children, a daughter who lives in Portland and a son in Boston. Simon enjoys Oregon’s amazing natural beauty and variety.  In his spare time Simon puts on and participates in Time, Speed, Distance auto rallies, and has a passion for vintage British cars.

Facilities Operations Manager: Morgan Griffin
Morgan lived in Camp Sherman and attended Black Butte School as a young child. He moved to Hawaii when he was 9 but Camp Sherman has always felt like his true home. He has worked in a wide variety of maintenance and construction jobs throughout the years. He served in the Coast Guard on the Oregon Coast, worked for the National Park Service in Hawaii and also worked in Recreation for the Forest Service here on the Sisters Ranger District. Traveling between Hawaii and the Northwest many times throughout the years, he finally settled in Sisters in 2015. Spending time with his 2 kids and getting outdoors are his favorite past-times--especially if it involves a lake or river. Contributing to creating a healthy learning environment for Black Butte School is a dream come true.
Substitute Bus Driver: Daniel Petke 
Daniel was born in Portland where he was raised with an appreciation for the outdoors.  Daniel fondly remembers family trips, including a visit to the Metolius River when he caught his first fish (20") with a fly as a 12 year old.  Daniel has worked in camps across the Northwest and enjoys supporting people of all ages in exploring outdoor recreation.  He has served as camp director at Suttle Lake Camp since 2000 with his wife, Jane.  Both of his sons attended kindergarten through eighth grade at BBS.  As a family they enjoy outdoor adventures, board games, and playing with their dog.  Daniel served on the Black Butte School board for 8 years and remains committed to supporting the educational experience at BBS.  In the winter you might find him teaching or skiing up at Hoodoo.