Jaylyn Suppah

For Jefferson County School Board (509-J)

Jaylyn Suppah

To Jefferson County School Board (509-J)


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Meet Jaylyn

Learn more about why I’m running for Jefferson School Board.


I am running for school board because we need an equitable representation of voice, leadership and experience that reflects the communities the board serves.

To provide every child with the education they deserve, the 509j School Board requires a vision that is inclusive of the community, provides an inclusive process of engagement and is transparent and accountable to the communities of Jefferson County.

I believe school board leadership should reflect the communities it serves!

Equitable representation benefits all students and families of the district. My background and experience give me a unique voice on the school board to help shape an equitable educational system. I value our school district’s diversity and firmly believe in equity and inclusion at all levels of decision making.

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I grew up in Simnasho, Oregon, which is in the northern part of the Warm Springs Reservation and the northern part of the 509J school district boundary.

I rode the bus an hour to and from school from 5th grade until I graduated from Madras High School in 2005. I have firsthand experience of the complexity of our school districts, and now, both of my children attend school in this district at the Warm Springs K-8 Academy. I relate to the struggles of many families, not only in education but also as a single parent who struggles on a daily basis with raising children, working and attending graduate school all in the midst of a pandemic. I get it!

I Have Professional Experience and Service That Matters!

My professional career, volunteer service and life experiences have prepared me well for the Jefferson County 509J School Board. As a Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs community planner, I currently manage a program that focuses on school dropout prevention, high-school readiness, career/college readiness, family inclusivity when attaining higher education and trauma-informed, culturally relevant curriculum development and practices.


American Indian/ Alaska Native Advisory Committee for the Office of Indian Education for the Oregon Department of Education

Cascade East Area Health Education Center Advisory Board

Early Learning Leadership Council for the Early Learning Hub for Central Oregon

National Indian Education Association Board

Governor’s Healthy Early Learners Council


As a former lady White Buffalo, Jaylyn has volunteered for the girls’ basketball program and coached one year

Supported after-school activities and programming, as well as alternative education

Worked at and taught cultural education and art classes for Bridges High School

Partnered with programs such as: Heart of Oregon Corps, COCC Red Road Program, the 21st Century After School Program, Tribal Health Scholars, on OHSU OnTrack


Jaylyn has spent her adult life working to make our community better.

She has already built a reputation of transparency and open communication, and that’s why she has earned the trust of so many members of our community and local organizations.

We are confident in the leadership and advocacy Jaylyn Suppah continues to provide for the community of Warm Springs and Jefferson County. We support her efforts in our community and wish her the best in her pursuits.
Raymond Tsumpti, Sr
Chairman 28th Tribal Council Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon

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