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Trustee Profiles/Contact

Board Member Phone Number E-Mail Address
President: Jan West (707) 677-3655
Clerk: Jessica Eisner (707) 677-2017
Jennifer Fraser  (707) 616-5593
Kim Bynum (404)428-3289
Andrew Hagen (707)362-3176

A little about our board members:

Jan West

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:

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.

Kim Bynum:

Kimberly Bynum is a recent transplant to Humboldt County, hailing from Atlanta, Georgia where she was born and raised. After working as a part-time lab assistant for an environmental studies and archaeological firm during the summers before starting college she enrolled with the State Archaeologist’s program at West Georgia College. There she completed her field school which enabled her to work on active archaeological sites throughout college. Kim went on to finish her education at Georgia State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography with a minor in Anthropology in 2000.

Fresh out of college, Kim took a position with Teleatlas, Inc. that was creating cartographic data for car navigation systems in their infancy. She moved to Eugene, Oregon with her future husband, Michael Bynum, and traveled all over the Pacific Northwest and eastward through Canada. The data created would become what is known as Apple Maps today.

Kim and Michael returned to Atlanta briefly and then spent a little over a year in San Jose, Costa Rica in an effort to start a satellite office for Michael’s company in Central America.  This was mostly a veiled attempt to spend more time in one of their favorite places on Earth.

The next 5 years would be spent in Atlanta again where Kim made a career change into the construction industry. It was unfortunate timing as the 2008 recession effectively ended most new construction, so Kim took a position in Facilities Management and Hospitality Liaison for Savannah College of Art and Design’s Atlanta campus.

Atlanta was beginning to take its toll on her now husband Michael as he longed to return to Humboldt County having lived here in the mid-90’s. Kim finally allowed herself to be talked into taking the leap and now has to apologize to Michael every day for dragging her feet. She instantly fell in love with the beautiful forests, rugged coastlines and friendly people. It was here that their daughter Hadley joined them and the world in 2012. They have all joyfully been members of the Trinidad Community ever since.

Kim returned to work full-time after Hadley joined Salmonberry Preschool's class of 2016-17 by keeping to fringes of the construction industry and joining Atlas Engineering where she now drafts structural plans for buildings. It was at this time that Kim began to seek out ways to stay engaged with Trinidad Elementary as an involved but working parent. In January of 2019, Kim joined the school board as a Trustee.

Kim's mission as a Trustee is rooted in a desire to be an informed participant of school culture, decision making in regards to the maintaining a positive direction for our students’, teachers’ and staff well-being and opportunities, as well as fostering parents’ concerns for a safe environment for their children to succeed in their educational, social and emotional development.

Jennifer Fraser:

Jennifer Fraser grew up in the suburbs of Portland, Oregon, before moving to the Bay Area with her parents after high school.  She met her husband in San Francisco in 1999, and they moved to Humboldt County in late 2002 to live in a house his grandmother, a longtime teacher at Eureka High School, had owned since the 1960s.

Having received an Associate Degree in marketing at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in San Francisco, she began a career as a teller and then a banker at Washington Mutual in Arcata, which later became Chase. She now works as a loan partner for Fairway Mortgage atop the Jacoby Storehouse.

With a son who has grown up at Trinidad School, Jennifer has seen firsthand what a special place our school truly is, and decided to join the school board because she is deeply committed to providing the children of our beautiful and unique little town with a quality education.

Prior to being on the school board, Jennifer served on the Trinidad City Planning Commission from 2009-2011, the Vacation Rental Oversight Committee in 2010, and the Trinidad School District Bond Oversight Committee from 2013-2017.

Her husband Erik is also involved in education, as a graphic designer for the Humboldt County Office of Education.