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    Congratulations to Judy Derpack for her election onto the Cascade School District School Board. Judy will be sworn in and take office at the first board meeting (Dec 16th) after the Nov. 26th election certification.  Judy will be representing Director District #2 held by outgoing board member, Brenda Biebesheimer.

    Judy has lived in Leavenworth since 2012. She has four daughters and four grandchildren, and she is a 30-year veteran teacher. Judy has a bachelor's degree in early childhood education with a minor in psychology. Judy was the Director and Parent Educator for Shoreline Community College from 1997-2011. She was a substitute instructor for Cascade School District from 2012-2014. She served as an instructor for Mountain Sprouts from 2014-2017, and she helped to create the new Willow Forest School. She has served with 12 nonprofits through the years, 6 of which are in Leavenworth.

    She brings to the district a broad perspective, a unique blend of educational/classroom perspective, parental understanding as a grandparent and parent educator, an appreciation of rural/small community living, an understanding of outdoor youth education, and a commitment to consensus. She is inspired by diversity in culture and education, recognizing that everyone’s path is different. As Judy stated, "There is no power greater than a community that cares about its children and families." 

    Zachary Miller


    Cascade School District was recently notified by the Chelan County Auditors that, even though Jennifer Saugen lives in Plain, she technically resides in District 1 rather than District 3 due to District boundaries. Therefore, we are sad to announce that Jennifer Saugen has resigned her position on the Cascade School Board due to a technicality with districting boundaries.

    Cascade School District is pleased to announce that Zachary Miller has agreed to replace Jennifer Saugen in her role. Zachary Miller resides in District 3 and will take his oath of office at the School Board meeting on October 28. Zachary Miller was one of the finalists for the School Board who interviewed for the District 3 position in August.

    Zachary Miller is the Assistant Director at Tall Timber, a local camp and retreat center that services 4,000 annual guests, including 800 public and private school students, through outdoor education. Zachary grew up in Leavenworth and attended Central Washington University, where he graduated with a B.A. in music, later receiving a master’s degree from Liberty University in pastoral counseling. Zachary owned and operated Miller Stoneworks in the upper valley for 8 years while also working as the Associate Pastor for Plain Community Church. Zachary and his wife Cassie of 15 years live above Lake Wenatchee with their 5 year old daughter Melanie.

    Please join Cascade School District in welcoming Zachary Miller as the next School Board member representing District 3.