Carol Tobey to help guide leadership transition efforts
The Seven Peaks School Board of Directors is proud to announce that Carol Tobey has returned as a board member. Tobey, who made her first public appearance at Back to School Night last week, is a long-time advocate for children and independent education in Central Oregon.
“It was 22 years ago that I first became involved in planning for the creation of an independent, secular school focused on core education, including foreign language, art and music, parent involvement, and small classroom sizes,” said Tobey. “I developed a partnership and lasting friendship with my neighbor Debi Corso, who was the brain child of the school. Together, with a handful of other dedicated parents, we raised the funds to start the school that came to be called Seven Peaks.”
Working together as entrepreneurs with a shared vision, Tobey and Corso began sending out information to the Bend community to introduce the idea of an independent school.
“We needed cash for things like postage, stationary, ink cartridges, and venue room rental for town meetings. Debi was insistent that we do our homework before diving in. Once we formed the school, I took on the fundraising board position,” explained Tobey.
Tobey’s return to Seven Peaks comes alongside an executive search for a new principal and the appointment of new school board members. The board is working with a renewed focus on strategic initiatives and purpose, positioning Seven Peaks for long-term success.
“We are excited to have Carol on the board and know she will help guide Seven Peaks through this important season of transition,” said Seven Peaks School Board Co-chair Geoffrey Chackel.
Board Co-Chair Dietrich von Behren added that SPS founder Debi Corso will also serve as a special advisor to the board.
“We believe it’s a great time to revisit Seven Peaks’ original mission and vision as we carefully expand the leadership team and the school board with a focus on the future,” said von Behren.
A long time, well-respected resident of Bend, Tobey’s previous experience includes a year of start-up advisory and 10 years of board leadership and involvement.
“I am impressed with our newly restructured board and am honored to be a part of it. Together, we are united in our commitment to academic excellence and building a strong community at Seven Peaks,” said Tobey. “I truly love this school and only have the best of memories during the time my children were here and when I worked and served on the board. I look forward to meeting and getting to know our families, staff and teachers.”