Our People

 The Faculty

We are small and proficient. Our success is due to a broadly educated, highly-motivated, cooperative and collaborative staff.  We see each employee as a part of the educational team, so we call our whole staff “members of the faculty.” Their commitment reflects the unflagging support of a neighborhood of folks determined to make sure each child is understood, respected and assisted to make maximum progress.

 AmyAmy Schumacher, our full-time educational assistant, attends to assisting with our Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) program. She studied Architecture at UC Berkeley, and education at UNLV.



PatPat Alvord has taught over 30 years in public schools in New York, Illinois and 22 years at Pinehurst, and is our part-time music teacher, reading specialist and as a director of the annual Pinehurst holiday play.



KerryOur head teacher and curriculum and assessment director, Kerry Fuller, has degrees from Oregon Institute of Technology and Southern Oregon University.  She gained a wealth of teaching experience during her thirteen year career as an educational assistant in the Klamath County schools while earning her teaching credentials.  She is classified as a Highly Qualified Teacher and along with her other duties directs the Pinehurst Outdoor Education Program.


Co-teacher, Ann Oliva, taught in Hawaii for the last twenty years before joining us part time in 2016.  A graduate of Southern Oregon University, her training features special education, music, art, drama, outdoor and physical education.



The Administration

HollyPinehurst School District and Pinehurst Elementary School employ one full-time administrator.  Holly Amann is both the District Clerk and Office Manager. Educated at the University of Colorado and with advanced studies as a certified herbalist, she wears many hats as staff supervisor, officer in charge of school board meetings, treasurer of the Pinehurst School Foundation, school nurse and special events planner.


SamRetired college professor/administrator and long-time Pinehurst School board member, Sam Alvord, has served as the part-time district administrator and school principal since 2011. He also maintains the school grounds and writes the annual holiday play.



Our Local School Board

Despite our small size, our district must meet all the same requirements as the Portland School District. So we elect five board members to four-year terms who direct the school district.  They represent every interest group in our community.

Board chair, Sam Alvord 

Vice Chair, Dianna Crary 

Alison Kling

Heidi Gehman