Sheree Gomez-Clark wasn’t planning on leaving her job because the principal at Washougal Excessive Faculty on the finish of the 2021-22 faculty yr. However, as she says, the universe typically works in bizarre and sudden methods. It definitely did for her final month.

On June 24, lower than two weeks after delivering the graduation deal with on the faculty’s commencement ceremony, Gomez-Clark interviewed for a place on the Camas Faculty District. The following day, she sat down to jot down a pair of emotionally charged emails to her Washougal Excessive workers members and households to allow them to know she was going to be transferring on.

Gomez-Clark resigned as Washougal Excessive principal, a place she had held since 2019, to just accept a job as a particular providers coordinator on the Camas Faculty District.

“It occurred actual quick,” Gomez-Clark stated. “It has been a (fast) turnaround. The truth that I didn’t get to inform my workers in individual, or my college students and households in individual, was a extremely massive factor for me.”

“We’re actually sorry to lose Sheree,” stated Les Brown, the Washougal Faculty District’s director of communications and expertise. “(However we) perceive that that is a tremendous alternative and matches properly together with her subsequent steps as a district chief {and professional} targets.”

In her e mail to Washougal Excessive workers members, Gomez-Clark wrote that the choice to depart was “terribly tough.”

“This actually was one of many hardest choices that I’ve ever needed to make. It definitely was not completed frivolously,” she advised the Publish-Report. “The imaginative and prescient of Camas Faculty District is to see and serve every scholar, and their imaginative and prescient and values align with my imaginative and prescient and values. This new place in Camas is actually a tremendous alternative, and I’m so grateful that they selected me. I’m extremely fortunate to get to do that work there.”

In her new position, Gomez-Clark will assist educators implement Multi-Tiered Methods of Help (MTSS), a framework that focuses on intervention greatest practices throughout the areas of teachers, habits, and social/emotional help for the entire baby, into Camas faculties.

“The largest a part of that’s working to supply interventions and educating methods, like Common Design for Studying, so all college students have entry to their studying,” she stated. “It doesn’t matter what demographic they arrive from, whether or not they’re bilingual or traditionally marginalized — all people has the entry and the instruments they want with a view to attain their highest potential. That’s the sort of work that I’ve been embedded in ever since I used to be a particular training trainer. It’s the place my talent set and my ardour are. It’s a extremely, actually superior alternative.”

Gomez-Clark labored at Skyview Excessive Faculty in Vancouver from 2004 to 2013 as a paraeducator and particular training trainer. She accepted an assistant principal place at Washougal Excessive in 2015, then succeeded Aaron Hansen as the college’s chief administrator in 2019.

“My time right here in Washougal, particularly right here at the highschool, has been phenomenal,” she stated. “I’ve been humbled to have the ability to serve and lead right here. There’s quite a bit that’s occurred over the past three years due to the pandemic, and we’ve had another fairly massive issues occur right here within the constructing. However I believe one of many issues that stand out is that irrespective of how dangerous issues are, we’re simply as collectively when issues are difficult as we’re when issues are going rather well.”

Gomez-Clark famous that in her tenure as principal, the college has seen its graduates obtain between $1 and $2 million in scholarships; lowered dropout charges; elevated commencement charges; and carried out the Development By way of Particular person Willpower (AVID) program, which strives to shut alternative gaps by making ready all college students for school readiness and success in a worldwide society.

“That’s due to the work of the lecturers right here within the constructing — they see these college students and need them to achieve success and work their tails off for it,” she stated. “I don’t know the best way to clarify the sense of group right here, and that has been among the best issues. We’ve got been all about placing college students first. I’m leaving good individuals, and that’s onerous. However they’re prepared. They’re prepared.”

Gomez-Clark stated that the brand new position will open up extra time for her to serve the Washougal group by means of volunteer alternatives corresponding to Unite! Washougal, Sources of Energy, and/or Refuel.

“I actually wish to someway be capable to proceed to serve,” she stated, “as a result of I dwell right here, and it’s essential for me to be part of this group.”

Gomez-Clark wrote in her e mail to households that the Washougal Faculty District will work over the following a number of weeks to announce a course of, which can embrace scholar, dad or mum/guardian, and workers member enter, to pick out a brand new principal.

District welcomes new athletic director

The district is looking for a brand new highschool principal, however has already discovered its subsequent assistant principal/athletic director, with Brian Wilde taking the twin position, changing Gary McGarvie.

“Gary shared earlier this yr that he wished to step down from his place to return to the classroom,” Brown stated. “He’s in search of a greater work/life steadiness for himself and his household, and believes this modification will help that.”

Wilde has labored as an affiliate principal for greater than 10 years within the Camas Faculty District and in addition served as a particular training trainer within the Evergreen Faculty District.

Wilde “brings expertise creating optimistic relationships between patrons and the college group, monitoring scholar habits, and mentoring new lecturers,” in keeping with a information launch.

Wilde acquired a grasp’s diploma in instructional management from Grand Canyon College and an undergraduate diploma from Metropolis College of Seattle.

“I’m actually wanting ahead to becoming a member of the Washougal group and supporting adults who’re working to create transformative experiences for college students at WHS, each out and in of the classroom,” Wilde stated within the information launch. “The strong extracurricular packages at WHS present nice methods for college students to study themselves, develop teamwork abilities, and be recognized inside their group.”

WSD hires new leaders for upriver faculties, district workplace

The district additionally introduced the hiring of two principals to exchange Brian Amundson at Canyon Creek Center Faculty and Cape Horn-Skye Center Faculty, and a brand new director of particular providers.

Admundson resigned his positions to just accept a job in Naches, Washington.

New Canyon Creek principal Jake Healea labored for the Sherwood (Oregon) Faculty District for the previous 5 years as an affiliate principal at Sherwood Center Faculty and brings expertise as a Constructive Behavioral Interventions and Help group chief and AVID web site coordinator.

Healea beforehand served as a middle-school and high-school trainer in Portland, Lake Oswego, Oregon, and Beaverton, Oregon, educating historical past, social research, psychology, and economics, amongst different topics.

Healea has a grasp’s diploma in social research training from Lewis & Clark School (Portland) and an undergraduate diploma from Western Washington College (Bellingham, Washington).

“I’m honored and humbled to affix the Washougal Faculty District and Canyon Creek Center Faculty,” Healea stated within the information launch. “I’m excited to be a part of such an important group. I stay up for doing all I can to help the workers, college students, and households in fostering sturdy relationships, personalised studying, and equitable alternatives to make sure studying with out limits for all college students.”

Cape Horn-Skye Elementary will welcome Brooke Henley as its new principal this fall. Henley at present serves as principal of Rose Valley Elementary Faculty in Kelso, the place she has labored for the previous six years.

Henley, who beforehand taught on the elementary degree, has an undergraduate diploma from Washington State College, a masters in training from Lesley College (Cambridge, Massachusetts), and an administrative credential from Washington State College-Vancouver.

“It’s an honor to serve the workers, college students, and households at Cape Horn-Skye,” she stated within the information launch. “My very own youngsters attended the college, and having the chance to steer right here now might be a pleasure. The way in which the complete Washougal group works collectively for youths is inspiring, and I’m grateful to be part of it.”

Connor McCroskey has joined the district to function director of particular providers, changing Penny Andrews, who has accepted a place with Longview Public Colleges.

McCroskey is a former particular training trainer, dean of scholars, and assistant director of particular providers. For the previous three years, she labored for Vancouver Public Colleges, overseeing particular training programming for elementary-aged college students.

McCroskey, a College of Oregon graduate, “has a robust ardour for serving college students with disabilities in an MTSS system that makes use of evidence-based practices to cut back exclusionary self-discipline,” in keeping with the information launch.

“I’m excited to work with the Washougal Faculty District and group to proceed the work they’re already doing in help of all learners,” she said within the information launch.

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