Jamestown Democrats

Local elected leaders

School Committee


The children come first.


Schools should reflect the values of their community and we are proud to say Jamestown schools do just that. Jamestown schools are among the best in the state. Our teachers are well versed in the new standards and methods of student evaluation.  And we have actually reduced our budgets, which ensured no tax increases for the past two years.



Sarah Baines


Schools committees have a steep learning curve and I am enjoying my first term reviewing the complexities of modern education and the many components that make the Jamestown schools as good as they are. My passion is school improvement and I sit on the Lawn School Improvement Team as well as the Wellness committee. This is an exciting time for school improvement with the challenges of changing to the new Common Core Curriculum and the different testing that it requires. I am currently also helping with the Jamestown Teachers Association Contract Renewal which is a lengthy and thoughtful process.


I have lived in Jamestown for 20 years and my husband Alan and I raised our two children Leah and Sam here, both of whom attended Jamestown Schools



B.J. Whitehouse


I was elected to the School Committee in 2007. And won re-election in 2011. It has been my honor to help represent and facilitate the education of the public school children of Jamestown. I have served as School Committee Clerk, liaison to the Policy sub-committee and the Facilities sub-committee during my tenure. I am a member of the Rhode Island Association of School Committees and have tried to take advantage of the educational opportunities provided by Association. I have been a music teacher for the Little Compton School Department since 1988. My wife, Christine Ariel, and I live on Steamboat Street.



Agnes Filkins


I have lived permanently in Jamestown since 1998.


I graduated with a BA from Emmanuel College, Boston MA and a Masters of Ed from Salem State College, now Salem State University.


In 1999, I retired from a 36-year career teaching elementary, junior high and high school.  The last 26 years of my career, I taught reading and English at Algonquin Regional High School, in Northboro, MA.  My tenure there included being Department Chair of the Reading Department and designing and teaching English to at risk students. I also was involved in Grades 1-12 curriculum development in language arts, chairing several committees.


Because I love teaching I continued in education by substitute teaching in Jamestown and North Kingstown.   I “retired” in June, 2015.


I firmly believe in contributing to the community I live in.  Since 1999, I been a docent and a board member for the Beavertail Lighthouse.  I also served several years helping with clerical duties for the Jamestown Emergency Medical Service (JEMS) and was a crew member on the ambulance for one year.  Presently, I serve on the Board of the Jamestown Community Chorus and am a member of the Jamestown Juvenile Hearing Board.



Sally Schott


I have lived in Jamestown since 1994 with my husband Peter and we were lucky to send our three children through the Jamestown Schools.  Our eldest (Emily) is a 2016 graduate of North Kingstown HS and our twin sons (Will and John) finished 8th grade in Jamestown this past June and are freshmen at NKHS.  I am running for School Committee to help ensure that Jamestown Schools continue to offer an excellent education and with the hope that our schools will continue to attract young families to our island for years to come.


I worked in marketing and advertising in New York and Boston for 17 years and  chose to be home with my kids when they were babies.  This gave me time to be involved with the schools in Jamestown. During the 13 years I’ve had kids in the district, I served as co-chair of both Melrose and Lawn School Improvement Teams, was part of screening committees for more than one Superintendent and Principal, and was on the School Committee’s High School Review Committee.  I also had at the pleasure of being involved inside the schools as Yearbook Advisor and Chair of Island Treasures.  In addition to my work with the schools, I have served on the board and as President of the Jamestown Education Foundation, and was a Board Member of the Jamestown Historical Society where I served as Education Chair.  All these experiences, along with the relationships I was able to build with the administration, faculty and staff provide me with good insight into what it takes to provide excellent schools.


Dorothy Strang


I was born and raised a Quaker in Philadelphia. graduated from Germantown Friends School in 1959, and then headed to the . After earning both a BA  (English, 1963) and an MAT (Teaching of English, 1965) University of Chicago, I settled in Hyde Park for almost fifty years, raising a family and pursuing a wide-ranging career in public, independent, and alternative schools and universities.


I taught English and Humanities in public high schools  and independent middle schools,  and served as consultant for a new charter school in a low-income neighborhood. At the other end of the economic spectrum, I was principal of the Girls Middle School at Cranbrook in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, worked six years on a curriculum committee for the National Association of Independent Schools,  and served as a consultant to Mayor Daley’s Advisory Council on Women.


The greatest strength I bring to the Jamestown School Committee is an inclusive educational vision founded on those many years of practical experience. As I anticipate working with the Jamestown Schools, I am impressed already by its widely-recognized excellence: a strong curriculum, a sound budget, and positive administration-staff relationships.