Carleen Schnitker is a passionate educator who dedicates her talents towards optimizing schools and systems to best meet the needs of all students. Carleen has been an educator for 20+ years. She is the founding principal of the first Innovation school in Idaho! She lead a team through a design process to inspire, research, calculate, transform, and open Union High School, a Big Picture Learning school, which is an alternative public high school in Nampa School District. Carleen has taught and led secondary schools in Meridian, Eagle, Online, and in Nampa, including a career technical education alternative program, where she was honored as the District Secondary Teacher of the Year.
Carleen has worked in and developed multiple programs and schools, while writing grants and innovating forward to do what is best for ALL students.
Carleen Schnitker has also been involved in many civic and professional organizations including the Idaho Association of School Leaders, Stanford School reTool Leadership, Big Picture Learning, Deeper Learning Network, National Math Alliance, Algebra Project, Young People’s Project, Idaho Mastery Education Network, and more. Carleen is a True ColorsTM elite trainer, and an expert in both adult and youth learning. She has presented in many international conferences, and is looked to for guidance and support by many educators throughout the world.
Carleen earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education from Boise State University. She earned her Masters degree in Educational Administration from the University of Idaho. Carleen also works with multiple National and International networks who create and support opportunities of equity and access to students in education everywhere. Carleen is extremely passionate about creating, supporting, and sustaining schools which truly help students by meeting them where they are, and growing them forward, through their OWN passions, interests, and pursuits.
In addition to all of this, Carleen is a proud mother of two adult kids and a very spontaneously brilliant grandson (yes, she is bias.) Carleen is a native Idahoan and the middle sister of three, thus named as the only “boy” in the family. Her father’s name is Carl, so she is Carleen. Her parents wanted to use the middle name Alex, so the cat got named Alex, while Carleen’s middle name became Alexis. She is definitely the outlier in the family. Carleen loves the Idaho outdoors, nature, architecture, landscaping, woodworking, biking, Saturday market, cultural events, traveling, spending time with her family, close friends, and so much more! The best days, however, are when the Idaho sun is shining in her backyard, and she is able to build various creative and unique projects, while listening to a nonfiction book on her headset (and her day is even better if her kids or grandson are hanging out with her!)
Carleen recently joined the Novitas family, as part of the Academic team. She begins her journey with us as an Academic Coordinator and instructor.