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May 19, 2022, 4:15 p.m. - Today, Superintendent Mike Scott made several administrative announcements for the 2022-23 school year.
- Imlay Principal. Mykle Rojas has been selected as the new principal of Imlay Elementary School, subsequent to Jen McCalley’s reassignment to Farmington View Elementary School for next year. Rojas is currently serving as the assistant principal (since July 2019) and interim principal (since April 2022) of Davis Elementary School in the Reynolds School District. He began his educational career as a first grade teacher in Reynolds in 2013, then worked at Lenox Elementary School in HSD for the 2015-16 school year before returning to Reynolds as a restorative justice interventionist and interim assistant principal. He has coached chess and LEGO robotics, has played a leadership role in integrating STEAM and instructional technology to the schools where he has worked, and facilitates family engagement on an ongoing basis. He is an equity leader who is committed to ensuring all students are included in an engaging and rigorous school experience that provides them the academic and social-emotional skills to reach their full potential.
- Century Assistant Principals. Century High School needed to fill both of its assistant principal positions as a result of Julie Kasper’s appointment to fill Martha Guise’s role as Century’s principal, and Chris Benz’ selection as principal of South Meadows.
- Ko Kagawa. Ko Kagawa’s early teaching experience involved being a Spanish instructor at the middle and high school levels in Paris, Texas and Portland, Oregon. He joined HSD in April of 2012 as an educational assistant at Century High School. From there, he spent six years teaching Dual Language at Minter Bridge Elementary School. In 2018, he transferred to South Meadows Middle School where he served as an instructional coach and Dual Language program coordinator. Kagawa led the Migrant Summer School program for secondary students in the summers of 2020 and 2021, and rejoined the team at Century in the 2021-22 school year as the dean of students.
- Alejandra Barragan. Alejandra Barragan started out as a community outreach agent and interpreter/translator for Portland Public Schools. After earning her Master’s in Teaching in 2010, she took a job as the primary Spanish immersion teacher at Alder Elementary School in the Reynolds School District. One year before transitioning from her teaching position to her current job as an instructional coach at Walt Morey Middle School, Barragan also served as a restorative justice teacher on special assignment (TOSA) at Alder. In that role, she supported social-emotional learning (SEL) implementation and lessons, and provided professional development and coaching on restorative practices.
- Executive Director of Middle and Elementary Schools. Director of Student Services Dr. Sarah Crane has been chosen as the next executive director of middle and elementary schools, filling the vacancy created by Audrea Neville as she moves to her new post as assistant superintendent. Dr. Crane began her educational career in 2002 as a Special Education teacher for students in grades 5-12 in Lee County, Alabama. In 2004, she moved to Amarillo, Texas where she taught both general and special education students at the elementary level. She then spent a year as a Behavior Specialist before moving to Oregon in 2009 to become the Special Education Coordinator for InterMountain Education Service District (ESD). There, she assisted twelve school districts with special education services, behavior support, state reporting and paperwork, programs, and teacher training. Dr. Crane was promoted to Special Education Director for IMESD in 2012, and in 2013 she became principal of Ione Community School (grades K-12) in Ione, Oregon. She joined HSD in 2015 as the principal of Jackson Elementary School, and served there for three years before transitioning to the District Office for her current role.
- Coordinator of Career and College Pathways. Melissa Pendergrass spent three years as an instructional technology specialist in Jefferson, Georgia before joining the Hillsboro School District in 2014 as a learning resource specialist and Career-Technical Education (CTE) Business & Marketing teacher at Hilhi. In 2017, Melissa became Hilhi’s school-to-career specialist, and after three years in that position accepted the job of dean of students. This school year, Melissa has split her time between HSD as a dual credit TOSA, and the NW Regional ESD as a Career and College Pathways (CCP) coordinator. This spring, the ESD graciously allowed her to take a leave from her position there to fill in for HSD’s CCP coordinator, Raya Nichols, who is on a leave of absence for the remainder of the school year.