Public Charter School Commission Director
Tamara Baysinger combines her passions for quality educational choice and data-driven decision-making to oversee a portfolio that serves approximately 3/4 of the charters in the state. Prior to her work with the Commission, Director Baysinger spent several years working in media and private industry. She holds a BS in Elementary Education from George Fox University and an MA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. Away from the Commission office, Director Baysinger competes in equestrian endurance racing and spends as much time as possible exploring the wilderness through backpacking, whitewater rafting, canyoneering, and alpine skiing.
Finance and Resource Program Manager
Prior to joining the PCSC 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.
Ms. Thompson's primary areas of focus at the PCSC include: financial performance evaluation for new petitions and operational schools, management of the new school opening process, developing and coordinating resources for PCSC portfolio schools, and general issues of charter school board governance.
Administrative Assistant II
Dianne Hobbs spent the last 11 years of her career with the University of Idaho Extension, working closely with the 4-H and Youth Development Office. She brings significant support staff experience, a friendly voice, and enthusiasm for her new role. When she’s not at work, Dianne enjoys camping, traveling, and spending time in the mountains. She has recently returned from an extended trip to Indiana where she explored the state with friends and family.