|Board Member||Phone Number||E-Mail Address|
|President: Jan West||(707) 677-3655||Jwest@trinidadusd.net|
|Clerk: Jessica Eisner||(707) 677-2017||JEisner@trinidadusd.net|
|Jennifer Fraser||(707) 616-5593||JFraser@trinidadusd.net|
A little about our board members:
Jan West is a retired K/1st grade teacher from Trinidad School where she taught for 25 years. She was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2013, becoming President of the Board in 2019. Both her children attended Trinidad School, where she was active in PTO and the Trinidad School Education Foundation.
She was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Afghanistan from 1970 –72 where she served as Program Coordinator for the English-speaking Secretarial Training Program at Kabul University, teaching Business English and Shorthand. Jan developed a multicultural unit about Afghanistan for her students, culminating in a simulation experience celebrating the culture of Afghanistan. She was named the 2002 National Peace Corps Educator of the Year for her work in fostering tolerance through this unit.
As a founding member of Humboldt Educators and Advocates for Responsible Testing, she co-produced a PowerPoint presentation about the detrimental effects of high-stakes standardized testing with Laura Rose that was widely shown to legislators and audiences.
Jan was Humboldt County Teacher of the Year in 2000 and received the Humboldt County Jean Olson Career Achievement Award in 2009 when she retired after more than 32-years of teaching. During her career, she mentored 28 student teachers and hosted 8 observers from HSU. She began supervising student teachers through the Education Department at HSU in 2011. She taught history methodology to teacher candidates there for 5 years, from 2012 to 2017.
Having been a volunteer, parent, aide, teacher and school board trustee at Trinidad School since the 1970’s, Jan brings a unique perspective and extensive experience to her service as a member of the school board. She is deeply committed to public education, diversity, a caring community, educational excellence and enrichment
Jessica Eisner grew up in Kelseyville, California, a rural community in Lake County. Her husband’s family has a long history in Trinidad (since 1906), and for many years, Jessica and her husband had a goal to make their home and raise their family in Trinidad.
Jessica received her Bachelor of Arts in French with a minor in Communication Studies followed by her teaching credential. She started her career as a teacher in Sacramento, teaching 3rd grade, 4th grade, and middle school Pre-algebra. As a teacher, Jessica strived to create life-long learners. She was especially passionate about bringing history and science out of the textbook and into student’s lives through living history experiences at Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park and week-long environmental learning programs at Marin Headlands Institute and Yosemite Institute.
With two young children, Jessica went back to school in 2010 to complete a Master of Science in Educational and Instructional Technology. Her career took several different paths afterward from being a Trainer and eLearning Developer, to a more technical role as a Quality Assurance Engineer for the UC system, and then later moving into technical product support. Currently, Jessica is the Director of Tier 2 Support at InVision, a digital product design platform and fully distributed company. Working for a distributed company enabled Jessica and her husband to finally move their family to Trinidad in 2015.
Although no longer a teacher, Jessica is still passionate about creating life-long learners, and she sees such value in how the faculty and staff at Trinidad School lean into the wealth of learning our natural surroundings offer as well as connect students to the rich history of our region. Having experienced public and private education in both rural and urban California, Jessica knows what a gem the community has in Trinidad School: a public school that empowers all students in the community toward success by providing arts and music education alongside academic subjects, field learning, after school athletics programs, and opportunities for community stewardship. Jessica became a School Board Trustee in December 2017 to promote strong student outcomes, a positive culture, and secure, healthy facilities that will continue to draw families and exceptional educators to our community as well as to ensure students, teachers, and volunteers feel supported, safe, and able to continue the programs that make Trinidad School the unique place it is.