• Welcome to our District in the heart of the Willamette Valley!  We are located 17 miles east of Salem, the state capital of Oregon.  Our District Office serves Stayton Elementary K-3, Stayton Intermediate, and Middle schools 4-8, Sublimity Schools K-8, Mari-Linn School K-8, Stayton High School 9-12, and an online school, Options Academy.

    Our mission as a department is to partner with District leadership to support our students by providing the information and support needed to recruit, hire, develop and retain highly qualified employees.  We are looking for employees that model the highest standards and organizational values and maintain relationships which are positive, productive, ethical and caring.  One of the Human Resources department's main priorities is to protect the District's employees, property and finances from avoidable loss.  Our goal is to exhibit the highest level of professionalism and commitment in serving the employees of the North Santiam School District.  Select the hyperlinks for additional details about the area and District.


    phone  PHONE - 503-769-6924

    fax  FAX - 503-769-3578

     OFFICE HOURS - M-F 7:30-4:00

Phone: 503-769-6924


Degrees and Certifications:

MA, Teaching, Oregon State University IAL, Portland State University PAL, Concordia, Chicago University

Danielle Blackwell - Director of Human Resources

Dani began her career as a West Albany High School teacher for 13 years. She then served in the District Office in a variety of roles for years, including, Advanced Diploma Coordinator, Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment Coordinator, and AVID District Director. She decided she wasn't entirely done serving kids day to day and, wanting to serve as a building principal, accepted the Principal position at Scio High School, where she has served since 2018. She holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from Oregon State University, her Initial Administrator License from Portland State, and her Professional Administrator License from Concordia, Chicago. 

Dani shared, "I am a lifelong learner and am excited to join the Oregon Schools Personnel Association (OSPA) to learn more about human resources.  I am also a member of the Coalition of School Administrators (COSA).  In my free time, I love to create (drawing, painting, baking, crocheting, screen printing, etc.).  I am also a lover of the outdoors and enjoy hiking, kayaking, camping, and riding our quads.  To say I am an animal lover is an understatement, with 4 dogs, 2 cats, several fish, 2 goats, 1 pig, and 1 tortoise. I am the proud owner of a useless farm!"


Phone: 503-769-0635


Degrees and Certifications:

BA, Management & Marketing, University of Oregon

Lisa Spencer - Human Resources Specialist

Born and raised in Oregon, Lisa graduated from the University of Oregon (Go Ducks!) with majors in Marketing and Management.  After college, she went on to work in the private sector as a manager, then spent the next 9 years performing various roles in a large health insurance company, including Marketing, Business Practices analysis, as well as several customer service roles.  She became a stay-at-home mom for 5 years to care for her two children, both on their way to becoming adults now.  And, most recently, provided bookkeeping services for a small startup company before coming to the District in 2016. 
She lives with her husband, an electrician, and two very energetic "puppies," a Siberian husky/border collie mix and a mini Australian shepherd.