Jon Bullock, D.Ed.
Chair, Academic & Student Affairs Committee
Jon Bullock is the executive director of the Redmond Proficiency Academy, a proficiency-based public charter school that he helped found. He is a major proponent of educational innovation, including personalized learning, and he is an advocate for providing all students with a high-quality public education that honors their individuality, background, and strengths and that takes them from where they are to where they want to be.
For nearly 30 years, Jon has worked with young people as a teacher, coach, and administrator. He has combined his passion and skills as an educator with private sector and non-profit experience to develop one of the largest and most successful public charter schools in Oregon.
Jon grew up in rural Southern Oregon, where he learned the value of persistence and the importance of giving back to his community. As a student, he discovered that education provided a path to opportunity, which led him to earn his bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University, his master’s degree from Willamette University, and his doctoral degree from the University of Oregon. Jon’s experiences in postsecondary education have confirmed his belief that all young people, regardless of their route into and through the school system, deserve a quality education, and he has built his career around that principle.
He earned acclaim for speaking to students and educators about self-acceptance and the power of vulnerability. He gave a TEDx talk entitled “What’s In Your Bag?” that challenged people to be honest with themselves and those around them about their hopes, dreams, fears, and failures. These ideas are at the core of his leadership philosophy, and they inform his approach to public education and building community. During the pandemic, Jon expanded his reach to include “Education on the Rocks”, a twice monthly podcast about issues in education.
Jon currently serves as the board chair of the Oregon Coalition of Community Charter Schools (ORC3S) and on the St. Charles Health System Board of Directors. He has previously served as a city councilor, as well as an officer and member of numerous nonprofit and community organizations including: Sparrow Clubs, Redmond Executive Association, Kids Helping Kids, Children’s Miracle Network, National Association of Student Councils, and Oregon Association of Student Councils.
Jon enjoys watching the Portland Timbers, and he is the proud father of a daughter who graduated from SOU.