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She comes from Oregon City Schools where she coordinates the English language learner program

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Bethany FrazeBethany Fraze was named principal of Kelly Creek Elementary School, the Gresham-Barlow School District announced, replacing Nancy Torbert, who is retiring at the end of the school year.

For the past five years, Fraze has been a teacher on special assignment in the Oregon City School District. In this role she coordinates the district's English language learner, Spanish immersion program and 21st Century Grant, which funds after-school programs for low-income students.

Prior to that she worked as an intervention specialist in the Pflugerville Independent School District in Pflugerville, Texas, strategizing ways to help struggling students. Before that, she was a kindergarten and first grade teacher in Fairfax County Public Schools in Alexandria, Va.

Gresham-Barlow superintendent Katrise Perera said the district is looking for "principals who can handle the traditional tasks, but also have the capacity for deep engagement with instruction, curriculum and in the school community.

"We believe Mrs. Fraze will bring all of these qualities to the Kelly Creek school community," Perera added. "She has a wealth of experience in building instructional capacity in teachers, leading curriculum development for students of various learning abilities and building professional communities of reflective practitioners."

Fraze got her undergraduate degree in linguistics and Spanish from the University of Texas-Austin and her master's degree in elementary education at Texas State University-San Marcos. She is pursuing her administrative license from Portland State University.

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