Jeff Dillon was raised in Wilder, Idaho on a small farm. Attended Holmes Elementary for kindergarten through sixth grade then transferred to Greenleaf Friends Academy and graduated in 1984. He then went to Washington where he earned his undergraduate degree in Behavioral Science from Northwest University. He has served many communities as a Pastor and Youth Pastor for 17 years. Following his passion for teaching, he returned to school and in 2001 he received his Masters degree in Teaching from Heritage University and taught Middle School Science and Reading in a Title 1 District.
In 2007 he returned to his hometown as Elementary Principal and Title 1 Director for the Wilder School District. During his tenure as Elementary Principal, he has successfully turned around a targeted failing rural,100% Free and Reduced Lunch, School-Wide Title 1 School. Increasing proficiency scores on the Idaho Student Achievement Test 60% in Reading, Mathematics and Language Usage in three years. His school was the recipient of the National Title I Association Distinguished School award in 2012, and the International Reading Associations’ Exemplary Reading Program in 2011. As a result of his successful leadership as the Elementary Principal, Jeff was hired to lead the Wilder School District as the District’s Superintendent of Schools in December of 2012 in addition to his K-5 Principal role. His leadership is one of passion, character, team building, and creating a culture of success, with an intense focus for the success of every student and staff.
Most recently, Mr. Dillon has successfully led his team to a partnership with the Apple Corporation in being identified as an Apple ConnectED school district. This partnership has brought to the District a commercial upgrade in technology infrastructure, professional development for all staff, iPads for all students PreK-12, and internal controls to support and monitor all devices 24/7. This increased technology has allowed the district to lead the state in innovation, offering success for every student in providing a district wide personalized competency-based education environment. In 2016 Mr. Dillon was invited to the White House for a conversation with Leading Districts in Innovations in Personalized Learning.
In addition to his leadership within the District, Jeff is the Chairman for Idaho Association of School Administrators Legislative Priorities Committee; member of the AASA Personalized Learning Cohort; AASA Collaborative; AASA Rural Superintedents Steering Committee; Strategic Advisory Committee; Board-Savvy Superintendent; Co-owner of a consulting company, Rural American Resources for Education; and is a national education leadership speaker. Most recently Jeff has presented at the Idaho Title 1 Conference, Global MindED Education Conference and the Atlantic Education Summit in Washing DC.
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John Carlisle grew up in Logan, Utah. A part of cache valley and historic place in the west for mountain men rendezvous. Many of his family are educators and he has followed in these footsteps. Attending Utah State University he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish teaching. This allowed him to teach for nine years in Nebo School District at Payson Junior High. Working with students has always been his passion through his time as a teacher.
In 2012 looking for ways to serve John found the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership of Utah. In reaching out he was able to serve as a facilitator for that program. The following year leadership was needed and the board asked John to return as the Corporate President. In this role he learned the value of leadership and influencing youth. He served two years and stepped down to allow others the opportunity to lead as John was accepted into a Masters in Educational Leadership Program at Brigham Young University.
Finishing this degree at BYU John was happy to find himself able to come to Wilder and settle his family nearby. John has spent time working with youth for many years in the Boy Scouts of America. He has written a book entitled, “Affirming Quotes: Validating your own potential success”. His love of learning and motivating others to learn has given him the tools to empower students in their personalized learning journey.