Silverleaf School is a small education environment that provides individualized project-based instruction to students in grades 1-8 in a mixed-age classroom.  Silverleaf School is the right environment for eager learners that have aptitudes for STEM and creative expression through the arts.

Our curriculum is proven to be particularly effective for highly gifted learners–allowing differentiation, compaction and acceleration to support the asynchronicity and high intellectual capacity of our students.

We inspire personal attributes of: Respect, Originality, Communication, Kindness, Empathy, Trustworthiness, Boldness, Open-mindedness and Teamwork.

We utilize proficiency-based reporting methods and the Silverleaf BLAST Program to monitor progress and recognize individual student achievement.

Our school is an active and collaborative learning space that encourages movement, teamwork, exploration, and self-awareness.

Our team has first-hand experience of growing up gifted, and seeks to understand and support the needs of each student and family.


Please complete the Contact form to set up an individual tour.  Potential students will spend a day with us at school prior to registration.

More information regarding admissions is available on the Contact page.


We have a dedicated Board of Trustees who understand giftedness first-hand and who care about the mission of our school.  Members of the Board are experienced in non-profit administration, education administration and oversight, policy development, and non-profit financial management.  This group provides sound and knowledgeable leadership to Silverleaf School.

Shalee Hodgson, Chair

Derek Brown, Vice-Chair

Gary Mueller, Treasurer

Leslie Hayase


Alissa Bolmer
Office and Classroom Assistant

Ali spent the past 5 years helping  students with learning and physical disabilities and knows how difficult it can be for everyone to conform to one way of learning. She has served at Oregon School for the Deaf, Green Acres Farm Sanctuary, and Project ABLE.  Ali believes that how well you connect with those around you shows them you understand their needs.

Mike Harrison
STEAM Exploration Instructor

Mike graduated Oregon State University with a Bachelor’s in Applied and Computational Mathematics in 2018 and immediately began teaching at private schools. He has taught AP Calculus I and II as well as AP Physics.  He’s currently preparing to take his P-test to get into the actuarial field.

Karen Toombs
Spanish Instructor and

Karen is the founder and administrator of Silverleaf School.  She has 25 years of experience in program development, project management and non-profit administration. Karen is knowledgeable about the the needs of gifted learners and best practices in gifted education.  She has first-hand experience in navigating the complexities of parenting and educating gifted children.  Growing support for the gifted community is her passion.

Karen has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from Western Oregon University.  She has taught in a variety of institutions and organizations in her career, including private school settings.  She has provided instruction to learners of all ability levels and ages from preschool to adult.


Jason Kline
Lead Instructor

Jason grew up in Northwest Indiana and moved to Oregon in 1999.  Jason graduated Summa Cum Laude from Western Oregon University with a Bachelor of Science in Education–Language Arts and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages).  In 2014, Jason was recognized by the Microsociety International organization as the MicroSociety Coordinator of the Year.  The Salem-Keizer Education Foundation recognized him as a Crystal Apple Honoree in 2016.

Bradley Levandowski
Lead Instructor

Bradley has a degree in Mathematics from Indiana University; as well as a degree in Audio Engineering and a certification in Medical Lab Science.  He has more than 15 years of experience in STEM-related fields and served four years as a lab technician in the United States Army.  Bradley is an experienced mathematics instructor and utilizes inquiry-based learning to support his belief that student engagement is the key to success.  Growing up as a gifted learner, he understands the challenges and needs of our students and strives to provide instruction that will help nurture and support their success.

Hollie Newton
Art Instructor

Artist Hollie Newton lives in Salem with her husband and their teenage son. Hollie holds a degree in Fine Arts from San Francisco Art Institute and has brought art to grades K-12 for twenty years. She continues to strive for innovative ways to provide a meaningful art experience for her students. She currently teaches art for Silver Falls School District and the Salem Art Association. Hollie is Chair for the Oregon State Fair Fine Arts and her work is in various galleries.

Katy Ohsiek
Music Instructor

Katy is a practiced vocalist and guitarist from Monterey, CA.  Her love for singing eventually brought her to study at Willamette University with a scholarship in vocal performance. At WU, she sang in Willamette Singers and Chamber Choir and performed with a number of jazz combos.  In guitar, she is proficient in folk, rock, and jazz playing with a current preference for funk and neo-soul stylings.  Katy is the guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter for Eugene pop-fusion band Chromatic Colors.

Jewelia Owens
Music Instructor

In school, Jewelia focused primarily on voice and violin and was encouraged to learn guitar, piano and start writing, performing and recording original material.  She teaches violin, voice, bass, guitar and piano to students of all ages and has taught many genres of music including classical, jazz, early 17th century consort, bluegrass, cajun, broadway, opera, modern contemporary, grunge, rock, country, folk and everything in between.  She is an instructor with River City Rock Star Academy.

Jenifer Trivelli
Wellness and Yoga Instructor

Jenifer first began teaching yoga to children as an elementary school counselor in Central Oregon in 2007. Her post-graduate studies have focused on the intersection of neuroscience, attachment theory, and trauma resolution/resiliency. She currently teaches yoga and social-emotional education to families and early childhood educators through her local company, WiseMind Educational Services.  She holds degrees from Oregon State University in both Human Development & Family Science and  Counseling, as well as multiple certifications: Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher, YogaCalm Youth Yoga Instructor, and Oregon Registry Master Trainer.  Jenifer is also an accomplished writer, including:  Peanut and the BIG Feelings: A Guidebook for Children and Jamie’s Gift: A Young Teen’s Guide to Fears, Worries, and Other Life Challenges (Like Being Irritated by Other People). 

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