The Nevada County Board of Education is the elected governing body of the Nevada County Office of Education. It’s five members serve four-year terms; are elected by voters in Nevada County; and represent different regions of the county. The primary responsibilities of the Nevada County Board of Education are to work with the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools to establish the direction and priorities for the Nevada County Office of Education through its budgetary determinations and to provide leadership to support the success of school districts in the county. In addition, supervisory oversight is provided for any charter school whose petition was accepted by the county office of education.
Ashley Neumann Board Member, Trustee Area II: Clear Creek, Grass Valley, Ready Springs School Districts December 2016-present (Current term 2016-2020) Ashley is a credentialed educator and the Community Education Director at a local nonprofit. For the last nine years, Ashley has been presenting in Northern California schools, juvenile halls, youth groups, parent groups and drug/alcohol recovery facilities. She speaks on topics ranging from STD prevention to fighting human trafficking. Ashley has a bachelor degree from the USF. She came from the medical industry after being a press aide for the Speaker of the California State Assembly. She is married with two children that have been home schooled, charter schooled and public schooled.
Larry Meek Board President, Trustee Area I: Chicago Park, Nevada City, Pleasant Valley, Twin Ridges, Union Hill, and Camptonville Union School Districts 2014-present (Current term 2014-2018) Larry came to Nevada County in 1986 as the Principal of Nevada Union High School. He has 40 years of experience as a Teacher, Principal and Superintendent, and earned his Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership at USC. He is married and has two sons, and two grandsons, and is active in the community as a member of The 49er Breakfast Rotary Club.
Heino L. Nicolai Board Member, Trustee Area I: Chicago Park, Nevada City, Pleasant Valley, Twin Ridges, Union Hill, and Camptonville Union School Districts December, 2017 – present (Provisionally Appointed: Current term 2014-2018) Heino came to the U.S. in 1958 from Dresden in former East Germany and grew up in upstate New York. He has an AAS in Electronics Technology and a BSIT from San Jose State and worked for IBM Corp. until he moved to Nevada County in 1990. He has been married for 32 years and has two daughters that graduated from Nevada Union. Heino is now 90% retired still doing a bit of work selling training software to the maritime industry. He served on Clear Creek’s school Board for 17 years, was a member of Nevada county School Boards Association and a Board member of Beyers Lane Community Service District. Heino enjoys working on projects around the house, riding his mountain and road bikes, doing dance aerobics several times per week, and volunteering with various community organizations.
Michelle ‘Shelly’ Sexton Board Vice President, Trustee Area II: Clear Creek, Grass Valley, Ready Springs School Districts 2014 – present (Current term 2014-2018) Shelly currently works as Sutter County Special Education Assistant Superintendent. She has over 25 years of educational experience, including being a teacher for students with disabilities, a speech-language specialist, and an elementary school Principal. Shelly has lived in Penn Valley since 2000. She is married with two grown children. Both of her children graduated from Nevada Union High School.
Wendy Baker Board Member, Trustee Area III: Pleasant Ridge School District, Trustee Representative 2016 – present (Current term 2016-2020) Wendy earned her B.A. and Teaching Credential from U.C. Riverside and moved to Nevada County in 1982. She recently retired from the Pleasant Ridge Union School District where she was an elementary teacher for thirty-five years. She has one daughter who graduated from Bear River High School and is currently an art lecturer at U.C.S.B.