Idaho Public Charter School Commission Director
Prior to joining the IPCSC staff in 2017, Jenn Thompson spent 10 years “boots on the ground” in charter schools, as a teacher, a principal, and a board member. She spent another 4 years working with schools across the country on policy development, governance support, and new school start-up. Ms. Thompson holds an MA in Literary Studies, an M.Ed. in Education Administration, and is certificated in Idaho as a Pre-K-12 Administrator and a Secondary Teacher. She is passionate about the role governance and leadership play in providing quality charter school options in Idaho. Outside of the office, she enjoys gardening, hiking, and supporting her boys in their many musical ventures.
Portfolio Program Manager
Prior to joining the PCSC staff in 2020, Jared Dawson spent over 10 years working for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, where he spent the majority of his time developing and implementing process documentation for statewide staff for Benefits and Child Support programs. He holds an M.A. in Communication, and spent one year upon graduating as a faculty member at Lewis-Clark State College. When not at work, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing music and going on outdoor adventures.
Finance Program Manager
Prior to joining IPCSC in 2022, Jacob Smith spent over 13 years as the Director of Operations for Idaho Digital Learning (IDLA). During his tenure at IDLA, Jacob provided support and oversight of the school's finances, budgets, facilities, policies and human resources. He has a BA in Business Administration and an AA in Accounting from Boise State University. His passion for serving schools and students is only matched with his love for golf, traveling, and pizza.
Portfolio Program Manager
Prior to joining PCSC in 2020, “Mel” spent the last almost 5 years with the Idaho National Guard Child & Youth Program. Her time was spent supporting and advocating for Idaho’s military connected youth and military families. Some of her background includes youth support services & programming, accreditation, information technology, non-profit, advocacy and is a Marine Corps Veteran. She holds a BA in Social & Behavioral Science, with an AA in Human Services Management, supported by various certifications significant to her professional background. When she is not at work, she is spending time with her family, sports and outdoor recreation.
Prior to joining IPCSC in 2021, Sheri spent almost 10 years working in various roles in the West Ada School District, most recently as a Middle School Registrar. Her favorite part of working in schools was helping families and students feel welcome, comfortable, and supported. She holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Texas, and enjoys spending as much time as possible in Idaho’s great outdoors with her husband and two sons.