RPA Announces New Middle School Director
Redmond Proficiency Academy (RPA) is pleased to announce Jenn Berry-O’Shea as the charter school’s new Middle School Director. She will replace Sten Swanston who has served in an interim capacity since January 2022. Berry-O’Shea currently serves as the Executive Director of Powell Butte Community Charter School (PBCCS), a position she’s held since 2016.
“We’re excited to bring someone of Jenn’s caliber and experience on board to lead our middle school,” said RPA Executive Director Jon Bullock. “Having known Jenn for a number of years, her educational approach and philosophy is an excellent fit for RPA’s middle school. She will be able to hit the ground running and work with educators and staff to expand on our commitment to empower students and provide a unique education for all.”
Before leading PBCCS, Berry-O’Shea also taught middle school for several years at the Powell Butte charter school and served as one of its instructional coaches.
“I am thrilled to join RPA as the new Middle School Director,” Berry-O’Shea said “I love middle school, and believe it is an incredibly important time for students to develop curiosity, critical thinking skills, grit and strong study habits that will lead them successfully into high school and beyond.”
Berry-O’Shea has called Central Oregon home for the past 15 years. While out of office, she enjoys exploring hiking trails with her two dogs and experimenting in the kitchen. She’s also an avid reader of historical fiction and an aspiring crossword puzzle whiz.
Berry-O’Shea begins her new role on Aug. 1, and said she is looking forward to the exciting challenges ahead.
“RPA has an outstanding reputation and a dynamic team of educators,” Berry-O’Shea said. “I connect deeply to the core values and mission of providing a flexible and personalized education for students, that is inclusive, collaboration and supportive. Continuing to cultivate a positive school culture of belonging, care and growth is one of my top priorities. I am looking forward to teaming with staff, students, and families to grow and learn together.”
Berry-O’Shea holds a master’s in teaching and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in educational leadership.