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Special Programs

The Office of Special Programs coordinates district services in the following areas:

The Barclay School Campus, one of the oldest public schools in Oregon, is the home of the Department of Special Programs.

The staff at Barclay is truly “special”, and they do amazing work to support our teachers, students, and families.

The talented Teachers on Special Assignment (TOSAs) support our teachers with professional development, coaching and peer support in the areas of curriculum and instruction.

  • Jennifer Bell provides professional development to district staff that supports effective math and science instruction and teacher professional growth in the use of assessments to guide instruction.  Jennifer also helps coordinate district-wide professional development activities that support district priority and focus areas.
  • Elaine Morelock provides professional development to district administrative and instructional staff in the use of effective Sheltered Instruction Strategies and English Lanuage proficiency assessments.  Elaine also provides leadership in parent involvement and coordination of the Spanish-speaking Parent Advisory Committee (PAC).
  • Meg Sundseth provides coordination for numerous aspects of the English Language Learner Program, including federal Migrant and Title III programs.  Meg also provides professional development to administrators, English Language Development (ELD) teachers and regular classroom teachers in the use of Sheltered Instruction Strategies.

The TOSA team is always looking for chances to work with students and teachers, so please consider inviting them into your classroom!

Barclay also houses several staff members and programs whose mission it is to support students and families outside the classroom setting in ways that enable those students to be more fully engaged in school.

  • Melanie Thornley keeps our English Learner (EL) Program running smoothly by communicating with all EL staff and keeping track of various records and state reporting requirements. She also handles requests for language translation and scheduling all of the school and district needs for interpreting.
  • Deb Cole is our Parent and Family Liaison coordinating numerous volunteer efforts that support students and families.  Deb also leads, coordinates and supports school and district-wide parent education trainings such as the annual Family Focus Forum and the Pre-School Fair, and supports individual schools in their parent involvement activities.
  • Evelia Juarez is a full-time employee of the Clackamas Education Service District (ESD) and is our district’s Migrant Recruiter. Evelia serves as the regional Migrant recruiter for all school districts in Clackamas County and is active in the Oregon City School District helping families and students connect with school resources.  It is Evelia’s job to ensure that we identify and serve students and families who have moved into the area to follow seasonal work and to provide supports to those families that allow them to be more successful in our community.
  • Mary Ellen Winterhalter is one of our district’s McKinney-Vento (Homeless Education) Liaisons who works to identify, track and support our students in transition at OCHS, OCSLA and in the Ogden feeder schools. She works closely with families to access resources in the community that may help to stabilize their living situations. Mary Ellen also sits on the board of The Pioneer Pantry which provides weekend food for students at OCHS, OCSLA, CAIS and Jackson Prep.
  • Julie Baumann is our other district McKinney-Vento liaison serving students and families at CAIS, Jackson Prep and in the Gardiner feeder schools. She wears multiple hats as she also assists Mike Loretz in administering the Title I-A grant at the district elementary schools as well as the supervision of our four district charter schools. Julie also administers the Pioneer Pantry program at the Jackson Campus which provides weekend food for students at CAIS and Jackson Prep.
  • Kyle Laier, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning and Sara Deboy, Associate Director of Teaching and Learning support the great work of the Barclay Team. Together they coordinate the district English Learner and Bilingual programs, Migrant programs, federal Title I-A programs, 21st Century Community Learning Programs, Charter Schools, and Alternative Education programs for the school district.

In addition to all these programs, Barclay is also home to the Clackamas County PTA Clothes Closet, Resource Center and the annual district-wide Holiday Center.

All of the Special Programs staff play important roles in coordinating, staffing, supervising and facilitating services, supports and opportunities that benefit our families. 

The department is always accepting clothing, gifts for holiday center and financial donations as well as volunteer support to help our kids and families access resources that they need.


Internal Order Request Form Title 1-A (PDF)