Wildcat Canyon is an independent AWSNA-Registered Initiative school; self-managed and collaboratively led by four bodies: the faculty, the administration, the Circle of Trustees, and the community.

Our view is that governance is a framework that should be designed to free up human capacity—allowing a place where we can meet each other as equals, respecting individuality and each one’s higher inspiration—while providing a context for effective decision-making.

These groups work collaboratively to accomplish the full range of the school’s necessary functions in pursuit of our educational Purpose and Path—from the day-to-day and year-to-year operations of a Parent-Child program to 8th grade to the conception and implementation of the school’s strategic plan. This collaborative organization is enabled by organizational design elements such as cross-membership of key groups, faculty committee work, participation in functional meetings and frequent communication.

The Faculty

Holds pedagogical leadership and actualization of the Purpose and Path through:

  • Teaching and curriculum development
  • Teacher selection and development
  • Student selection
  • Strategic vision and Purpose and Path renewal

The Administration

Manages and develops resources in service to the school’s Purpose and Path by:

  • Implementing policies and plans
  • Managing human resources
  • Facilitating daily school operations

Circle of Trustees

Has four governance responsibilities:

  • Supporting the school’s Purpose and Path and ensuring the long-term sustainability of the school in pursuit of that Purpose and Path
  • Providing financial oversight
  • Ensuring compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, and
  • Working in collaboration with the school leadership to support the pedagogical goals of the school.

The Community

Cooperatively sustains many of the operational needs of a vibrant and thriving school:

  • Through Dynamic Governance, or “Circles”
  • Via consensus-based decision making
  • Upholding the school’s Purpose and Path
  • See our Circle structure (click to enlarge)


Circle of Trustees

Gingi Allen

Jubilee Daniels

Melanie Hatch

Fahad Khan

Alvin Lopez

Meaghen Liebe

Jessa Moreno

Stacey Pelinka

Haley Pollock

Gavin Raders

Traver Riggins

Vika Sirova

Paul Smith

Haleh Zandi

Wildcat Canyon Community School