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News Release
NCSD Principal Named Oregon Middle School Principal of Year - 04/22/19

Milwaukie, OR (April 22, 2019)—Greg Harris, Rowe Middle School Principal, has been named the 2019 Oregon Middle School Principal of the Year by the Oregon Association of Secondary School Administrators (OASSA), and the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators (COSA).

“Greg Harris is exactly the kind of school leader that aspiring principals want to become,” said Lincoln High School Principal and OASSA President Peyton Chapman. “He knows every student by name, plays his trumpet with the band, shoots hoops with students in the gym, and he closely monitors individual student and all school data to ensure all of his students are growing and meeting academic benchmarks.”

Harris has served as an educator with North Clackamas Schools for the past seven years. In that time, he has turned Rowe Middle School into a successful, rigorous, proud, and diverse school. Harris’ efforts have focused on educating the whole child, engaging families, and employing an equity mindset to implement innovative techniques that are results-oriented.

“Greg is an outstanding middle level leader who has built a climate of success for each student. He has achieved this by having high student expectations coupled with academic and social-emotional supports, employing culturally relevant teaching practices, and by removing barriers that often impede the growth for traditionally underserved populations,” said North Clackamas Superintendent Matt Utterback.

Among other accomplishments, Harris was recognized for creating a supportive atmosphere, utilizing innovative staff recruitment and performance evaluation methods that have improved staff retention. A visible and welcoming presence, Harris regularly drops into classrooms, and has revamped the curriculum to include more STEM-focused classes, a “Science in the Kitchen” course, and a live, student-led new channel, among other offerings. To help ease the transition to middle school, Harris developed a unique 6th-grade schedule designed to foster deeper student connections with teachers and peers.

Harris will be honored at the 2019 COSA Annual Conference in Seaside this June, and at the National Association for Secondary School Principals Conference in Boston in July. He will also be honored at the High School Principals Conference in Bend in October.