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Staff

Administration

Dan Hays
Executive Director
dan.hays@muddycreekcharterschool.org
 
I graduated from Principia College in 1964 with a teaching degree. I taught for ten years in the Corvallis School District, and then worked 24 years as an elementary school principal. I live on a farm near Muddy Creek School raising cattle and hay. I work occasionally for Oregon State as a supervisor for elementary teachers. I’m also a NCAA statistician for the OSU football team.
 
Barb Holt
 Head Teacher
 barb.holt@muddycreekcharterschool.org
 
 
 
 
Jennine Livengood
Administrative Assistant
office@muddycreekcharterschool.org
 
I studied Liberal Arts at Eugene Lang College of the New School University in New York City, NY. The experience of learning in a community setting helped me feel like an active participant in my education. During my last semester at Lang, I interned in a New York City Public School with an Artist inResidence who was teaching 1st grade students to write poetry. I found joy in helping the children find a way to voice themselves through writing.
 
My family has been a part of Muddy Creek since it opened its doors in 2008. We value the place based and project based approach to learning, the small school  and class size, and appreciate how well the school integrates itself within the  community and environment surrounding it. My children have thrived here. For these reasons, I jumped at the opportunity to work at Muddy Creek. I  worked as a Kindergarten Classroom Assistant and the Afternoon Adventures Leader before becoming the Administrative Assistant.
 
Elisa Fairbanks
Finance Manager
elisa.fairbanks@muddycreekcharterschool.org
 
I’ve been the Finance Manager of Muddy Creek Charter School since May 2009. My oldest daughter graduated in 2012 from MCCS. I also have a daughter and son currently attending MCCS. My professional background is in technical product development and information systems. I did bookkeeping as a part-time job starting in high school all the way through college and grew up with a tax accountant Dad. I organize the “Movin’ Muskrat” aka Running Club and coach soccer. I enjoy being able to volunteer in my childrens’ classrooms and participate on field trips.
Leann Eagles-Smith
Bookkeeper
leann.eagles.smith@muddycreekcharterschool.org

 

Teachers and Assistants

Tom Day
 Teacher
4th-5th Grade
tom.day@muddycreekcharterschool.org
 
I grew up in Rogue River, Oregon. Moved to Corvallis for school at OSU – graduated in 2000. I worked in construction for 8 years. I went back to OSU in 2007 to finish a teaching degree. I graduated in 2009. I’m married with 2 kids: my daughter Lila, son Nathaniel, my wife Cindy, and my loyal furry friend Rufus (a dog). My past times: gardening, riding at the sand dunes, riding motorcycles, camping, hiking, and taking naps : )
 
Cheryl Chytka 
Classroom Assistant For Tom Day
4th-5th Grade
 
Leah Gorman
 Teacher
3rd/4th Grade
leah.gorman@muddycreekcharterschool.org
 
My best memories from childhood are being outside. I followed that interest and earned a B.A. in Biology from Earlham College. I have a M.S. in Wildlife Science from OSU (where I worked on shorebird genetics), and a M.Ed. from the University of Oregon. I love my job because I get to work with children, read great books, do art, get outside, garden, learn about nature, and find answers to the children’s interesting questions.
 
Ellen Deehan
Classroom Assistant for Leah Gorman
3rd/4th Grade
 
For the first decade of my career, I was a field biologist living and working in remote areas within Idaho, Montana, and Alaska.  I “returned to civilization” to earn my masters at Oregon State University in plant ecology (with additional coursework in education and art), and then taught community college biology courses (Global Ecology, Botany, Color and Form in Nature) for several years.  After I became a mother, I joined the faculty at OSU as a scientific/outreach writer and academic manager.  In my consulting work, I have contributed to innovative curriculum design, and I have written science background materials for elementary school teachers.
 
I am delighted to be part of the MCCS community!  My strengths are in small groups and individual support.  I call myself a “learning facilitator” — and when I’m doing it well, the students do not notice my guidance as they teach themselves new skills and grow in confidence and mastery.
 
Melissa Malusky
Teacher
1st/2nd Grade
melissa.champney@muddycreekcharterschool.org
 
I was born and raised in Corvallis. I went to Corvallis High School, where I played softball for four years. I also coached softball at C.H.S. for three years after high school. I’ve always wanted to be a teacher. I graduated, Magna Cum Laude, from Oregon State University, in 2011, with a double degree in Liberal Studies and Education. I worked at Muddy Creek, last year, as an educational assistant and the afternoon adventure’s leader. I live with my husband, Matt, in Philomath. We live with our dog, Jackson and ten chickens (I won’t name them all). In my spare time, I like to sing, dance, hike, bike, camp, and play guitar. I am grateful to be a part of the Muddy Creek community, where I am among passionate and talented parents, teachers, and students.     
 
 
Jill Sisson
 Classroom Assistant for Melissa Malusky
1st/2nd Grade
 
 
 
 
 
Kim Phillips
Teacher
1st/2nd Grade
kim.phillips@muddycreekcharterschool.org
 
I grew up in Washington state, where I spent my childhood following deer trails and building forts in the woods. I have a B.S. in Biology from Humboldt State University and an M.S. in Entomology from Oregon State University. I’m also have a teaching certificate in elementary education. I’ve spent the past several years working in horticultural research and education through the OSU Extension Service where I worked with cranberry growers, beekeepers, and Master Gardeners. My absolute favorite part of my work with OSU was using gardens to teach nutrition to elementary school students. I live with one geriatric cat named Moses, oh, and my husband Josh, too.
 
 
 
 
Becky Stebbins
Classroom Assistant for Kim Phillips
1st-2nd Grade
 
I am from a small tourist town in the Sierra Nevada mountains called Shaver Lake where I grew up camping, hiking and skiing. I moved to Corvallis about seven years ago and started working in the Boys and girls club S.T.A.R.S. program part-time. I fell in love with it right away so I went on to worked as the afternoon program teacher at Little Beavers Preschool and then as a preschool teacher at Community Outreach. I graduated from Oregon State University with a B.A. in English and a miner in writing, but my true passion is teaching.
I live with my husband and our two dogs: Belle (yorkshire terrier) and Chula (chocolate lab). My favorite place to be is in the woods with my camera or in my living room with a book.
 
Michelle Reichelderfer
Teacher
Kindergarten
 No information available at this time
 
 
Casey Sexton
Afternoon Adventures and
Classroom Assistant for Michelle Reichelderfer
Kindergarten
 
My family and I moved here from North Georgia in the summer of 2011 for my husband’s PhD at OSU.  The first year I stayed home with my daughter.  For the 2012-2013 school year, I worked “behind the scenes” here at MCCS as the custodian.  This year, I am honored to be in the classroom setting working (and playing) with these amazing kids.  I am looking forward to next year when my own daughter will be able to experience the creative curriculum here as a kindergartener.  Outside of school, we have fun gardening, hiking, baking, canning, cooking, laughing at our kittens (Cricket and Cornbread), and hearing our ducks (Brown and Yellow) honk at us for more food.  
 
We have fallen in love with Oregon, Corvallis, and most of all—Muddy Creek!
 
 
 
 
 

Part Time Staff

Elizabeth Olsen
Integrated Arts Specialist
 
Leonne Bannister
School Counselor
leonne.bannister@muddycreekcharterschool.org
 
Melanie Kelley
Testing Coordinator
Playground Supervisor
Special Education Assistant
 
My husband, John and I have lived in Oregon for eleven years.  We have three adult children and two grandsons.  I have been involved with Muddy Creek from the very beginning as the testing coordinator each year and have filled other various positions as well.
 
I have been actively involved in education for young people for the past thirty plus years.  When our children were young, my family was very involved with an excellent co-op preschool. When our children entered elementary school, I began volunteering and working part time in several capacities. 
 
When we moved to Oregon, I sadly left Simonds Elementary School where I had been the School Secretary for six years.  When Muddy Creek opened, I was excited to be able get involved.  I feel that the elementary school years are so important and set children on the educational course for their future.  I look forward to coming to school each day because we have the best kids and staff!
 

Morgan Bannister
Teacher
Physical Education
morgan.bannister@muddycreekcharterschool.org
 
 I have 8 years of teaching experience both in science and physical education. I’m currently working on my master’s degree in adaptive physical education. I live in Corvallis with my awesome family – Leonne, Olivia and Roy. My other job is as a property manager/owner of rental properties in Corvallis.