School Districts

The challenge of being a school superintendent was a goal I set for myself when becoming an administrator. I wanted to work closely with the public, principals, and teachers while staying connected to the students for whom I was hired to advocate. Blending these goals with my value to serve has pushed me towards small districts. Each of the four districts I have served has presented their own set of challenges, and taught me the humility of working on behalf of others.

Jewell School District

Jewells’ students were successful because of our willingness to put students first, visit other schools to see how we could challenge ourselves, and take a close look at our curriculum to maximize student experiences. We were successful in moving to multi-age classrooms because of a commitment to look outside of our traditions to meet financial goals.

Long Creek School District

I served the Long Creek school board and as Superintendent and Principal of the K-12 school, Special Education Director, and Federal Programs/Grants Director, Athletic Director and staff development coordinator. It was my first exposure to multi-age classrooms and driving a school bus. What a great place to begin my superintendent career; an experience I will always look upon fondly.

Reedsport School District

I was working in China when the Reedsport school board hired me. My position was .60FTE superintendent and .20FTE as Special Education Director. When I arrived I found the district was quite different from what was presented during the recruitment and interview process. I arrived with a great deal to overcome, but the community was full of gracious people who worked hard for their children.

Santiam Canyon School District

The Santiam Canyon communities were in transition after the contentious closure of its’ Gates Elementary School. The district was losing its business manager, their long-time superintendent resigned suddenly, and a principal had been released. I was preparing to work overseas, but agreed to be their superintendent and elementary principal and help them get their district organized.