Allies of the Department of Youth, listen up. For most teenagers, high school is hard - for so many reasons. But it doesn't have to be that way. Work with us, people! Join in a conversation with a leadership team from One Stone, a radically different, student-driven high school in Boise, Idaho. Learn how to create a high school experience that is relevant, meaningful, and authentic--one that prepares students for success in a rapidly changing world, and gives them passion and purpose. Be inspired to disrupt for good.
About the speakers:
Tessa Simonds is a second year student at One Stone. She always wanted to love school, but didn’t until she made the choice to have a high school experience at One Stone, where she rocks it. Tessa is all in at One Stone--in addition to her design thinking and independent learning work, she is on the board of directors, and participates in Project Good, One Stone’s experiential service platform. Tessa had a unique opportunity to take her learning into the world of government and politics this summer through an internship with the Idaho Department of Commerce director. When she’s not working her magic with a laptop and sticky notes, you can find her on the soccer field or in the wilds of Idaho.
Peter Oliver is a 17 year old from Boise, Idaho. He has three brothers, one mom, one dad, and a dog. He enjoys doing just about anything with them. He is a Senior at Bishop Kelly High School. He can’t believe it either. Not particularly tall, athletic, or fashionable (see socks and sandals). He enjoys playing lacrosse, skiing, mountain biking, and One Stone. Videos are his niche and Two Birds is his outlet. He is the Chairman of the Board at One Stone, also his greatest accomplishment. He wishes with all his heart he could draw, but he settled for ceramics instead. And music (listening, not making). According to Gallup, his biggest strengths are belief, includer, restorative, ideation and strategic. He’d have to agree.
Teresa Poppen, together with her husband Joel, co-founded One Stone in 2008. Prior to this, she worked for more than 20 years in product marketing, strategic planning, marketing research and communications in the high-tech industry. During that time she served as strategic marketing director at Compaq; and vice president of marketing at Tangram and Microtest. She has a long history of engagement in the nonprofit and education arenas, serving as a board member for Riverstone International School and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Idaho, and as a “Make A Wish” grantor for multiple children with life threatening illnesses.
Joel Poppen is a co-founder and board member of One Stone. He is also senior vice president, legal affairs, general counsel and corporate secretary at Micron Technology. He is responsible for Micron's global legal, intellectual property, ethics and compliance, government affairs, and security functions. Joel earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois and a Juris Doctor from Duke University School of Law. He is a member of the Arizona and Idaho state bar associations.