New principal tapped for Molalla High School
The Molalla River School District is pleased to announce the selection of the next Molalla High School Principal
Brad Berzinski has been named as the next principal for Molalla High School. The position was posted open when the current principal, Randy Dalton, was selected to serve as principal at Molalla River Middle School.
"Berzinski is an educational leader with broad experience, vision, a heart for kids and impeccable references from throughout the district where he currently serves," said Superintendent Tony Mann.
THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS
The school district posted the position open to administrative candidates across the country. Thirty applicants submitted materials seeking the position, and ten individuals were invited to into the district for consideration. The invited candidates were reviewed by committees that included teachers, principals, parents, counselors and student leaders.
"Four finalists were selected, all successful, experienced principals and district level leaders. From there Berzinski became the clear choice," Mann said.
Berzinski is currently principal at Winona Middle School in Winona, Minnesota. Having originally served as a high school social studies teacher in Winona, the same community where he grew up, Berzinski went on to provide strong leadership over his five years as an administrator in Winona.
"His breadth of experience in a community in many ways similar to the Molalla River School District region will serve him well," Mann said.
Berzinski's first school leadership role was as high school activities director and assistant principal at Winona High School. From there, he's went on to serve as principal in a state-recognized outstanding elementary school. Now, in his current role as middle school principal, he has experience across the k-12 system.
When asked about his intentions, Berzinski said he and his wife, Tanya, will be moving to the area this summer with their three school-aged children. Having traveled and vacationed here, he and Tanya decided to apply only for jobs in Oregon. He comes to Molalla intentionally.
WHAT OTHERS HAVE TO SAY
References describe him as an exceptional classroom teacher who has brought a natural leadership to the Winona community.
His current superintendent said, "He's invested in kids and community. He listens to others and brings teams of people, students and parents alike, together to do good things in school." She went on to describe Berzinski as a "doer" who connects with people and builds strong relationships. "He bleeds orange and black," she said, noting that his current school colors are the same as MHS.
His commitment to building community with positive relationships and a clear focus on exceptional outcomes for all students were attributes identified by his references, according to Mann. "These are some of the key reasons we identified Brad as the frontrunner for the position."
QUICK TO ACCEPT THE POSITION
Berzinski said he was quick to accept the position because of the direction the district is already moving.
"During my visit to the Molalla community I was impressed by a clear sense of student leadership and community support for the schools. I was very impressed by the outstanding work that was evident in visiting with staff members."
"I am honored to step into the role of principal at Molalla High School. My family and I look forward to getting settled in Oregon. I look forward to working alongside staff, students, and families to build on the strengths of Molalla High School."
BUILDING ON STRENGTH
Berzinski takes over at a time when MHS has expanded career technical education and technology opportunities for students. The school has seen regular gains in graduation rates in recent years, and students earn more than a million dollars in post-secondary scholarships and grants each year. As the Board's agreement with the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde is poised for approval by the State Board, Molalla High School will keep the Indian's name while launching a newly designed seal and logo that were and selected after broad community input.
"There's something special going on here in Molalla, and these are exciting times. This is a community and school district where people are proud to live and where great things are happening for young families and our students," said Mann who presented his selection to the Board last week at their regularly scheduled work session. The board voted unanimously to accept Mann's recommendation. Berzinski's contract with the district will begin July 1st.
With a Bachelor of Science in History from Winona State University and a Master's in Education from St. Mary's University, Berzinski says, "I am drawn to education and to Molalla by a deep conviction that what we do matters in the lives of young people."