River Mill Elementary
About Jennifer Behrman
Hello, my name is Jennifer Behrman. I have been the principal at River Mill Elementary for 5 years. I started in the Estacada School District in 2006, as a teacher and this is my 17th year in education. I have been trained in DuFour Model Professional Learning Communities, and Response to Interventions. I also have training in standards based grading and Responsive Classroom practices. I am trained and practicing the Improvement Science Methodology. I am CPI and First Aid/CPR certified.
I grew up in Oregon and graduated from Sunnyside Christian High School. I received my Bachelors Degree from Warner Pacific and Cascade College. I went to Portland State University for my Masters Degree and I am continuing my education at Lewis and Clark College.
I am married and live in Estacada. Our two children both attend the Estacada Schools and are active parts in their school community. We have been in this community for 16 years and love the hometown feel and all the relationships we have built in our small town.
I enjoy boating, skiing, and traveling with my family.
About Trevor Syring
Hello, my name is Trevor Syring and I serve as the vice-principal at River Mill Elementary and Clackamas River Elementary. I started my career in the Estacada School District back in 1997 as a teacher. I had the privilege of teaching 2 – 4th grade for 18 years. I then moved to the High School and served as Vice-Principal and Athletic Director for four years. This year starts my 23rd year in education within the Estacada School District. I have been trained in the DuFour Model Professional Learning Communities, Response to Interventions, standards based grading, and first aid/cpr certification. Estacada is a great place to live and a great place to work within the district!
I was raised and grew up in Oregon and graduated from Mt. Hood Christian High School in 1991. I then received my Bachelors Degree from Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington and then earned my Masters Degree in Administration from Concordia University in Portland, Oregon. I am currently furthering my education through the Continuing Administrative License at Portland State University.
I am married to my beautiful wife and we have two children. They both went to the same school I was teaching at and both have graduated from Estacada High School and are now pursuing their careers at Oregon colleges.
In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, boating, playing basketball, being outdoors, or doing anything with my family.
What Makes River Mill Elementary Different?
River Mill Elementary is one of a kind. The staff, students, and families are active parts of our school community that foster a positive, collaborative culture to support all students.
At River Mill our focused initiatives are:
- Responsive Classroom-Building strong relationships with students focusing on the social and emotional competences as well as the academic competencies.
- Standards Based Learning and Grading-We are focused on the learning our students do to master our essential learning standards.
- DuFour Model Professional Learning Communities- Teachers learning from each other, focused on student data, and how they can improve their practices based upon that data.
- Inclusive Practices- Supporting the needs of every child.
- Language For All- An inclusive program for all kindergarten and 1st Grade students to build their academic language and social skills on how to be a successful student through peer to peer discourse and engaging teaching practices.
Five years ago when we re-opened River Mill our student population was at 280 students. Today we have 439 students and have added a Pre-K program to support early learning. As we have grown in numbers so have our State test scores. We have hit the high mark in growth, and have improved our overall math and reading scores over the past 4 years in the Smarter Balanced State Assessment. We earned the Beacon School Award of 2018-19 for our work in Imagine Learning with our students who are emerging bilinguals.
We have a full time music, P.E. and Library program. Students receive instruction in one of these areas everyday. We are a Title 1 school, which offers intervention support in reading and math.
In every classroom, every morning starts with a morning meeting. This is a time to build relationships, create a classroom community, and help students feel valued and important. Every classroom has a calming corner, where students can come and go when they need a break or are feeling overwhelmed. This is in an effort to get students regulated and ready to learn.
We are proud of our River Mill community and work hard every day to do what is best for our students. What makes River Mill Elementary different is the people. We care about our students, our families, and our community. We take a collaborative approach to problem solving and the improvement of our practices. We value everyone and see the importance of what they bring to our community.