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MRA Executive Director

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Welcome to Molalla River Academy. MRA is an Arts and Sciences charter school that opened in the fall of 2009, providing students with an exceptional and unique educational experience. MRA offers integrated, thematic instruction with an emphasis on project based learning with high standards for academic achievement. We believe that every child is a capable learner and that our job as educators is to encourage and foster each student’s talents and abilities. With that in mind, we strive to provide an enriching and challenging environment that promotes inquiry, responsibility, and kindness in all of our students.  

I look forward to meeting you and your family.

Dr. Melanie Marrone, Executive Director

Meet Our Staff

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Assistant Executive Director and Garden Coordinator

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Shannon Lishka

Trillium (KG)

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Trillium Associate

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Appeya Galindo

Huckleberry (1st)

Jeanna Kappas

Huckleberry (1st) Associate

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Sloane Kochman

Clarkia (2nd)

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Virlynda Weaver

Clarkia (2nd) Associate

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Jamie Navarrete
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Paula Dorry

Clarkia (3rd)

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Amanda Burgi
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Daisy Meeker

North Clarkia Associate

Grant Myers

Alders (4th)

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Debbie Hood

Middle School Social Studies

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Luke Precourt

Middle School Math

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Gina Harnish

K-5 PE and Integrated Arts

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Alders (4th) Associate

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David Takano

Middle School Science

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Wendi Reel

Alder and Cedar Associate

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Kevin Mahr

Technology Coordinator

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Alder (5th)

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Middle School ELA

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Alder and Cedar Associate

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Kevin Farris

Student Support Specialist

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Rachel Blythe

K-5 Garden and Library

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Sandra Schultz

Kitchen Coordinator

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6-8 PE and Health

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Re'Anna Anderson

Office Manager/Executive Assistant

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Grounds and Maintenance

Director of Music and

Performing Arts

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Sarah Kemper

After Care Associate

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