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June 4, 2021, 5 p.m. - Superintendent Scott made several administrative announcements today.
First, as was mentioned in the May 28 administrative announcements, beginning in the 2021-22 school year, each of the District’s comprehensive high schools is converting its athletic director job to a combined assistant principal/athletic director position (AP/AD), which will allow the schools to enhance their leadership and support systems.
It was previously announced that John Matsuo would take on that role at Hilhi, Alan Foster at Liberty, and Lauren McFarland at Glencoe. Today, Scott shared that Jeremy Corwin will be the new AP/AD at Century.
Corwin has been Century’s dean of students for the past three years, but has been serving as an interim assistant principal since October 2020. Prior to that, he was a Social Studies, Leadership, and Computer teacher at R.A. Brown Middle School for thirteen years and also coached Century’s Swim Team. At Century, he has been instrumental in ensuring more 9th and 10th graders are on track, and even piloted a committee to examine classroom instructional strategies and policies toward that end. He facilitates the school’s Care Team and launched “Kid Talks” to bring teachers together to collaborate around individual students’ strengths, challenges, and supports.
Next were four assistant principal announcements: Chris Benz at Century, Morgan Quimby at Hilhi, Melissa Carrillo-Field at Liberty, and Debbie Alvarado at Lincoln Street.
Benz began his educational career teaching Language Arts at Bear Creek High School in Stockton, California, and then moved to Eugene, Oregon, to teach at the Early College and Career Options High School and to serve as an administrative intern. In his current role, held since 2019, he communicates the needs of the building, promotes positive school-parent relationships, and conducts instructional walkthroughs and provides feedback to staff. He employs culturally responsive and restorative practices in all facets of his work, and is a data-driven decision maker. Benz is also a board member for the Oregon Association of Latino Administrators (OALA) and is working on his Doctorate.
Quimby is currently the District’s Student Support Systems teacher on special assignment (TOSA) and, since 2017, has also been the Climate and Culture TOSA, Team Lead for the 9th Grade Success and Georgetown University Capstone projects, and has served as a substitute dean of students at Liberty High School. In her TOSA roles, Quimby has developed guidance and support documents for consistent implementation of Academic Options programs, Graduation Coaches, Student Support and Wellness Counselors, Home Visits, Climate and Culture Teams, and more. She has facilitated equity, Restorative Practices, de-escalation, Trauma-Informed Care, and Restorative Circles training for district leaders and school staff. Previously, Quimby taught high school Health and coordinated the Teen Parent program at Glencoe High School, and was an instructional coach and AVID Coordinator at the Community School in Beaverton. She has also been an administrative substitute at all levels of the K-12 system for a number of years.
Carrillo-Field currently serves as a bilingual education TOSA and as a dual language, Spanish, and English language development (ELD) teacher at South Albany High School in Albany, OR. As a TOSA, she has led the initial development and implementation of the Bilingual Education Program curriculum for grades 6-12, and has coordinated the district’s Seal of Biliteracy program across three high schools. She also provides teachers with training and information on best practices through monthly professional learning communities (PLCs) and podcast studies. As a teacher, she employs QTEL (Quality Teaching for English Learners) and AVID (Advancement via Individual determination) strategies to support high-quality outcomes for students. Carrillo-Field also facilitates the Juntos program, in which she coordinates Spanish-language pre-college outreach to Latinx students and families.
Alvarado was a resource specialist, special education teacher, and case manager at Lincoln Street from 2010 to 2016. She then moved to Poynter Middle School where she taught Math to students with disabilities, and served as the coordinator for both AVID and special education. In 2019, she transitioned to the dean of students position at Witch Hazel Elementary School, and then moved to her current role as dean at Evergreen Middle School in 2020. As dean, Alvarado supports student success with choice making and problem solving; communicates regularly with students, families, and staff; supports instruction and instructional practices; and collaborates as part of the administrative team. She is bilingual and biliterate in English and Spanish and routinely facilitates meetings with Spanish-speaking families.
Scott expressed his confidence in the staff selection and concluded by saying: “We are hopeful that this wraps up our administrative hiring for the 2021-22 school year and feel great about the skills, talent, and dedication that exist within our administrator team.”