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Ben Bowman
Ben Bowman
Tigard-Tualatin School District Welcomes and Renews New Directors; Appoints Officers for 2019-2020 School Year (Photo) - 07/12/19

Tigard/Tualatin, Oregon – At a School Board Meeting and Work Session on Friday, July 12, 2019, Tigard-Tualatin School District (TTSD) Superintendent Susan Rieke-Smith performed the official swearing-in of Ben Bowman as the district’s newest school board director and Jill Zurschmeide, re-elected to her fourth term. Bowman and Zurschmeide won their seats on TTSD’s school board during Washington County’s 2019 Special Election and will serve four-year terms that expire in 2023.

At Friday’s meeting, the school board also elected Maureen Wolf as the new school board chair and director Sharon Fox as the new board vice-Chair. Wolf has served on the school board since 2009 with her current term expiring in June 2021. Fox joined the school board in 2017 and is currently serving her first term with the district that also expires in 2021. Director Karen Emerson rounds out the five-member school board. She is also serving her first term which expires in 2021.

Attached Media Files: Ben Bowman
Brian Bailey
Brian Bailey
Tigard-Tualatin School District Names Brian Bailey as New Principal of Tigard High School (Photo) - 07/02/19

Tigard, Oregon – Tigard-Tualatin School District (TTSD) Superintendent Sue Rieke-Smith announced today that Brian Bailey will assume the role of principal at Tigard High School. Bailey steps into the position previously filled by Andy Van Fleet who transitioned on July 1 to the principal role at TTSD’s Fowler Middle School.

“Brian's administrative experience at various levels within an education system makes him a perfect choice for THS,” said Superintendent Rieke-Smith. “He has a long history of building and stewarding strong, positive relationships and leveraging them to improve student outcomes. We are excited to bring his value-based, data-driven leadership style to THS.” 

With nearly 20 years in education, Brian comes to TTSD after eight years with Sherwood School District (SSD). There he served as an associate principal at Sherwood High School; a principal at Laurel Ridge Middle School; and most recently as the Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Accountability for SSD. Prior to SSD, Brian served as an assistant principal at South Salem High School and as Dean of Students/Assistant Athletic Director and as a teacher at West Linn High School.

 “There is only one job that could get me to consider leaving my current district and the Tigard High School principal position is that job,” said Bailey. “THS is steeped in tradition, with a long history of success academically, athletically, and in the arts. I am honored to have this opportunity and look forward to working in the community I call home.”

Brian earned a BA  in Health Education and a BA in Athletic Training from Linfield College in McMinnville; a M.Ed in Administration from Concordia University and his Continuing Administrative Licensure from Lewis & Clark College. His wife just celebrated her 20-year anniversary as a teacher and Literacy Specialist for TTSD and they have two children attending the district.

Bailey joins THS’ administrative team that includes three associate principals – Angelita Miller, Tyler Davila and Lisa Dailey. 

Attached Media Files: Brian Bailey
Tim Blackburn
Tim Blackburn
Tigard-Tualatin School District welcomes new administrators dedicated to talent and professional development (Photo) - 07/01/19

Tigard, Oregon – Tigard-Tualatin School District (TTSD) welcomes two new administrators who will focus on enhancing resources, practices, and development dedicated to first-class teachers and staff. 

Lenichtka “Len” Reed joins TTSD as Associate Director of Human Resources. Len will be focused on building an effective human capital program to benefit employees district-wide. Her primary focus will be on identifying and growing top talent inside and outside the district, implementing practices that invest in professional development and retention, and executing a strong recruitment agenda. 

With nearly two decades in education, Len is a proven transformational leader dedicated to building strong cultures and systems. Named the 2010 Administrator of the Year at Hemet Unified School District in California, she comes to TTSD from the Gladstone School District where she served as the principal for Kraxberger Middle School (KMS). Prior to KMS, Len served as a teacher, then administrator for California-based school districts before joining Portland Public Schools as a middle school administrator. She holds a BA in Liberal Studies from California State University and her MA in Education Administration from the University of Redlands in California. 

Tim Blackburn takes on the position of Title III Administrator, leading the professional development implementation and evaluation of TTSD’s teaching corps, along with the district’s English Language Development (ELD) and Two-Way Immersion programs (TWI). He will contribute to the leadership of the district’s Teachers on Special Assignment (TOSA) and will contribute to curriculum adoption, alignment and renewal efforts. 

Tim has also been in education for nearly twenty years and comes to TTSD from Education Northwest. He started his career as a teacher in New York City schools, then shifted to roles at the Oregon Department of Education and Education Northwest where he pursued a passion for developing high-quality professional learning. He has served multilingual students and families in a variety of roles and will lend those talents to partnering to lead and facilitate equitable instructional practices and delivery aimed to grow and strengthen our current and future programming for all TTSD students with an emphasis on English Language Learners. Tim is a Peace Corps Alum and holds a BA in Modern Languages from Kansas State University and a MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Columbia University.

 Reed and Blackburn join TTSD on July 1, 2019.

Attached Media Files: Tim Blackburn , Len Reed
Tigard High School and Durham Ed Center/Elementary Campuses closed on 4th of July - 06/27/19

IMPORTANT: Due to the summer construction schedules at both Tigard High School, Durham Education Center and Durham Elementary School, both campuses will be closed to the public on July 4th with no public access to the fields or high school stadium. Construction activities will increase now that school is out to keep the building projects on schedule for our schools to be ready in the fall. With all sites being active construction zones, no one is allowed on property without district or contractor supervision. Specific sites include:

Tigard High School: All parking lots and fields including the Swim Center. Parking will be available along SW 92nd. 

Durham Ed Center and Durham Elementary School: Parking lot and fields.

Our goals are to keep everyone safe while protecting our building projects. Because of construction equipment and supplies, alterations to physical facilities and the grounds, as well as trenches and holes that are part of the construction process, these campuses are not safe for unsupervised use. 

Reminder, the use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco/vaping are prohibited on school properties at all times.

Our thanks to the public and our surrounding neighborhoods for their ongoing patience and understanding.