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Internships & Projects

Internships & Projects

Yearlong internships build knowledge

Internships are at the heart of what the COSA-CUC program is all about. Our candidates tell us there’s nothing like actually doing the work to make the learning meaningful. Unlike many programs in Oregon, the COSA-CUC PreAL curriculum features a job-embedded, year-long experience that deals with annual improvement and progress, not just a snapshot of limited activities.


Candidates spend a year immersed in a project of their choice, one that has meaning for them and for their district. Each internship culminates in a comprehensive report on the district project. Past projects have included math standards, attendance and literacy.  


You'll never be alone. Each candidate works closely with a university supervisor (see Faculty list) and a district mentor. University supervisors are skilled Oregon educators dedicated to helping students succeed. Onsite mentors play a mission-critical role by providing immediate support, advice, access to information, and encouragement. Candidates meet with their support team (university supervisor and district mentor) multiple times throughout the year.

2017-2018 District Mentors

We would like to acknowledge the hard work of the district mentors, who volunteer their valuable time to help our candidates across the state succeed.

PreAL District Mentors

  • Mona Boyd, Powell Butte Community Charter School
  • Beth Burton, Stanfield Elementary School, Stanfield School District
  • Rick Cottetell, McNary Heights Elementary School, Umatilla SD
  • Brian Crook, High Desert Middle School, Bend-LaPine SD
  • Walt Davenport, Central Point Elementary, Jackson County School District 6
  • Marianne Funderhide, Sherwood Middle School, Sherwood SD
  • Diane Greif, Elgin High School, Elgin
  • Penny Grotting, North Central ESD
  • Nanette Hagen, Myrtle Crest Elementary, Myrtle Point SD
  • Oriole Inkster, Lookingglass Elementary School, Winston Dillard SD
  • Lee Loving, Ridgeview High School, Redmond SD
  • Krista McGuyer, Philomath Elementary School, Philomath SD
  • Jim Miller, West Salem High School, Salem-Keizer Public Schools
  • Paul Myers, Walker Middle School, Salem-Keizer Public Schools
  • Bill Newton, Westside Elementary School, Hood River SD
  • Rich Polkinghorn, Hood River Valley High School, Hood River SD
  • Pete Rasmussen, Cascade Junior High School, Cascade SD
  • Nadira Rizkallah, Laurel Elementary School, Junction City School District
  • Rob Robinson, Woodland Elementary, Reynolds SD
  • Dan Smith, North Medford High School, Medford School District
  • Stacy Smith, Powell Butte Community Charter School
  • Craig Sproles, South Shore Elementary, Albany SD
  • Majalise Tolan, Taft High School, Lincoln City SD
  • Kyle Tucker, Al Kennedy High School, South Lane School District
  • Tony Vicknair, McMinnville High School, McMinnville SD
  • Jill Weber, Roseburg High School, Roseburg Public Schools

 ProAL District Mentors

  • Barbara Kienle, Director of Student Services, David Doulgas
  • Michael Lasher, Superintendent, Douglas ESD
  • Jeff Leo, Superintendent, Banks SD
  • Scott Linenberger, Superintendent, Pleasant Hill SD
  • Jim Miller, Salem-Keizer SD
  • Ryan Noss, Superintendent,Corvallis SD
  • John O’Neill Jr., Interim Superintendent, Forest Grove SD
  • Jacob Pence, Principal, Banks SD
  • Mark Redmond, Superintendent, Malheur ESD
  • Ken Richardson, Superintendent,David Douglas SD
  • Matt Utterback, Superintendent, North Clackamas SD
  • Kathleen Walsh, North Clackamas SD