I have been honored to serve a variety of schools in unique circumstances. Each learning community has provided me opportunities to use existing leadership skills, learn new leadership skills and support the accomplishments of a variety of hard working professionals.

Bryant Middle School

Bryant was my first administrative position and I was given some great opportunities; opportunities that only small districts afford a young administrator. It was a great training; beginning with leading a Federal Programs review, counseling program development and working closely with families around student discipline. These experiences proved to be invaluable as I went on to more complex schools with greater responsibilities.

Jewell School

At Jewell, students’ success had its roots in our small size and our teacher’s efforts to adjust instruction and assessment practices. Small schools have to be creative and Jewell had the resources and the willingness to reflect on our practices. We were successful in moving to multi-age classrooms because of our commitment to putting student’s first.

Long Creek School

Long Creek was a long way from home. But the community taught me important lessons; small schools can quickly become your family and all schools deserve quality leadership, regardless of size. I was able to learn a lot in my two years, and I even built a schedule where I could teach classes again.

Lynhaven Elementary

Lynhaven Elementary was my first elementary principal position. It was to be one of many elementary stops I have had over my career, and the funniest group off professionals I have ever been blessed to work alongside. I must say my time at Lynhaven set me on a course of successful leadership experiences that have defined who I am as a leader.

Pringle Elementary

At Pringle our success was in part due to my willingness to let senior teachers train a principal; I learned a lot in a short time! With a principal that takes time to listen strong professionals great things can happen. Our success came from everyone’s willingness to look outside of our traditions to meet family’s needs, and our unselfish acceptance of a unified curriculum.

Rolling Hills Middle School

To move from a school of 550 to 1,138 after one year as an assistant principal had me a little concerned. But my time with the Campbell Union School District was “the formative years;” years that defined who I was to become as a leader. Besides it was middle school what could go wrong!

Santiam Elementary

The new “Santiam Elementary” was a curious mix of two staffs both of which knew each other, but were in some cases leery and in some areas dis-trustful of each other. The questions was how we were going to bring these two groups together for the benefit of our students in two short weeks.