Pod Programs

SHAPA offers two pod programs. Like all students at SHAPA, students in one of the pod programs are assigned a mentor teacher to guide their curriculum selections and offer support. In addition, pod students have an optional in-person component to their school week. 

Our two popular pod programs are located in Sheridan and McMinnville.

Contact our registrar with any questions! 

Susan Watson 503-843-9330

Meet our Team:

Position:  K-12 Mentor Teacher/Sheridan Pod Teacher

Education:  BS in Business Administration/Public Relations, MS.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction

This is Lyndsay’s first year at SHAPA and 11th year in education. She has worked with a range of grade levels at Sheridan School District and is excited to stay within this wonderful community and support students and families in their educational journey. Lyndsay has two young boys and enjoys going on RV adventures around the Northwest with her family and friends.

Position:  K-12 Teaching Assistant Sheridan Pod

This is Dana’s first year with SHAPA. She is looking forward to being a part of such an awesome program! Dana has coached volleyball for 15 years, assisted in preschool and daycare, and been a substitute in grades for K-12. She enjoys spending time with her children, husband, nieces, nephews and friends. 

Position: K-12 Mentor Teacher

Education: BA in Elementary Education, MA in Curriculum; Math and French Endorsements

Michelle MacFarlane has 32 years of teaching experience in elementary classrooms, 3rd-6th grade, as well as 25 years experience tutoring/leading/counseling middle and highschool students and truly enjoys learning with and helping inspire her students. 2023-2024 is her second year with SHAPA as a mentor teacher and she is thrilled to grow in this new chapter of her life. In her free time, Michelle enjoys traveling, camping, time with any animal (especially horses), crafting, games, cooking, reading…

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Position:  K-5 Teaching Assistant/Mac POD

This is Robin’s first year with SHAPA, I am super excited to be involved and become part of the team! Previously I have taught Preschool and Kindergarten at private schools. I love working with children and share how they grow throughout the learning process. I have also been employed at Banks School District as a Title 1 aide for grades 3-5. I have spent most of my recent work history working in Medical/Dental offices as Receptionist/Front Office.I live out in Sheridan with my husband. I have 3 grown children and two grandchildren who are now teenagers. I am a dog Mom to Kodi, a Labradoodle, who has nicknames “Beastie, Beast, Olf”, but we love him. Roli is our rescue dog from LA, he is a Jack Russell-Corgi mix, slightly neurotic but smarter than Kodi. I spend my free time, flower gardening, reading, listening to podcasts, garage-saling,taking Kodi & Roli out for runs,visiting my son with disabilities and advocating for him. My husband and I enjoy spending time with our family and going camping.


Students in pod programs have the same curriculum options available to SHAPA students. Some students prefer to use teacher-selected curriculum. Others prefer to choose their own curriculum. You will talk through these choices with your mentor teacher. Please check out the Curriculum Options page for more information. 

Our popular pod programs often have waitlists. If you are placed on a waitlist, you can still enroll at SHAPA. You can choose to attend a different pod or be placed with a mentor teacher who specializes in working with students in your grade band. 

Students in grades K-12 can enroll in a pod. 

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