Meet Our Board of Trustees

  • Our Board of Trustees consists of five community members who volunteer their time and service to make decisions in the best interest of our schools and students. Board members are elected within their respective zones and serve four-year terms. The board selects the superintendent, sets district policies and budgets, approves educational programs, makes decisions about curriculum and textbook adoptions, and assures adherence to the district's strategic direction.

     
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    2024 Coeur d'Alene School Board of Trustees

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Rebecca Smith

Zone 5, Chair (Term expires Dec. 2025)

Rebecca Smith has called Coeur d’Alene home since 1998. She is an Outdoor Ministry professional and has over 20 years of leadership experience in Youth Camping and Program Development, Retreat and Event Planning, and Outdoor Education. Rebecca is especially proud of her work as program director for the Trail Creek excursions for District 271 middle school students since 1998. Her current role focuses on the health, safety, and risk management of all campers, participants and staff. Rebecca has a B.A. in Outdoor Recreation Management and Leadership from Western Washington University. She and her husband have three children in the Coeur d’Alene District.    

rebecca.smith@cdaschools.org




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Jimmy McAndrew

Zone 2, Trustee  (Term expires Dec. 2027)

As a proud native North Idahoan and a father of two children attending schools in our district, Jimmy is deeply committed to ensuring that all students in Zone Two receive exceptional and challenging educational opportunities with a focus on academic rigor, promoting good citizenship, and earning practical knowledge and skills.

Jimmy.McAndrew@cdaschools.org




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Allie Anderton

Zone 1, Trustee  (Term expires Dec. 2025)

Allie Anderton is a lifelong resident of the Coeur d'Alene area. She was raised in Hayden and currently lives in the rural outskirts of Coeur d'Alene with her family. She attended Coeur d'Alene Public Schools, North Idaho College, and the University of Idaho, where her studies included elementary and special education and child psychology. For the last 15 years, she has been a stay-at-home mom while actively participating in her children's school and church activities, coaching through Parks and Recreation, and volunteering in our community. Allie has three daughters and a grandson. Two of her daughters have attended Coeur d'Alene Public Schools. 

allie.anderton@cdaschools.org




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Heather Tenbrink

Zone 3, Trustee (Term expires Dec. 2027)

Heather Tenbrink has lived in Coeur d' Alene since 2004. She was raised in Indiana, where she attended public schools and earned a bachelor's degree in Plant Science from Purdue University. After working for several years in a scientific research laboratory, she spent time as a full-time mother to her four children. She is currently employed as a tax accountant. She has volunteered extensively in district schools, serving first as Treasurer and then as President of the Skyway Elementary Parent Teacher Association. Heather lives in Coeur d' Alene with her husband Chris and her children attend schools in the district. She was appointed to the board in November 2021 and elected to the board in November 2023.   

heather.tenbrink@cdaschools.org





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Lesli Bjerke

Zone 4, Vice Chair (Term expires Dec. 2025)

Lesli Bjerke has called Coeur d’Alene home since 2017. Raised and educated in California, she earned a B.A. in Liberal Studies and a M.A. in Educational Management. 

She comes from a long line of educators and is passionate about making sure our students receive a strong academic foundation that will prepare them for their future successes. She has 25 years of elementary school teaching experience including 6 years as a reading specialist. During her time as an educator she served on many curriculum committees as well as her districts negotiation team. Along with her husband of 34 years, she loves to spend time with their new grand baby, family and friends enjoying all that North Idaho as to offer. 

lesli.bjerke@cdaschools.org