Jeff Weldon, a Billings attorney who specializes in school law, has been elected chair of the Board of Directors of Education Northwest.
Weldon is a partner in the law firm of Felt, Martin, Frazier, & Weldon, P.C. He brings to the board a long list of credentials, including his experience as legal counsel for the Montana Office of Public Instruction and for Billings Public Schools. He also served four years in the Montana State Senate.
“I am pleased to serve as chairperson and value the benefits that Education Northwest provides to Montana educators,” said Weldon. In the past year, Education Northwest has conducted a wide variety of activities in the state, including training teachers in traits-based writing, evaluating two major statewide literacy initiatives, providing professional development in implementing Common Core State Standards in Mathematics, working with the Montana AA District Network on improving graduation rates, and training VISTA volunteers who work in anti-poverty programs throughout Montana.
Weldon joins 22 other community leaders, educators, and chief state school officers in helping guide the work of Education Northwest, which primarily serves Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. “One of the primary reasons for the success and national recognition enjoyed by Education Northwest has been the willingness of leading stakeholders in the region to serve on our board,” said Chief Executive Officer Steve Fleischman. “Over the years, our board members have provided solid leadership, advocacy, and support to ensure that we deliver high-quality education improvement and community-building services.”