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Principal Anne Erwin's last day as principal is June 30, but the district asked for her help with the new high school.

COURTESY PHOTO: BEAVERTON SCHOOL DISTRICT - Beaverton High School principal Anne Erwin speaks at graduation earlier this month. Erwin is retiring this year.Beaverton High School principal Anne Erwin will retire later this month after 10 years at the school.

Before her time at Beaverton High School, Erwin worked for two years at North Eugene High School and Hillsboro High School for 25 years. Her 37-year educating career will come to an end with the 2021-22 school year.

"This year's senior class was very special to me," Erwin said, "maybe because we're graduating together."

Erwin said she's feeling sad to leave but excited for the possibilities ahead. She's had a long career, and she's looking forward to exploring new opportunities and spending time with family.

It didn't have anything to do with the pandemic, Erwin said, but she decided a while ago that her retirement would come soon.

Erwin knew this would be the right time, so she announced her retirement on March 1.

"I could not see leaving during the remote year. And so that certainly pushed me to stay for at least another year," she said. "And I'm pleased I did. We had a fantastic year. Absolutely fantastic."

It's been wonderful to be back with students, teachers and staff and to see the school come back to life, she said.

Erwin's last day as principal is June 30, but when voters passed the Beaverton School District's bond — meaning Beaverton High School will be completely rebuilt — another opportunity came up.

"I will say that I'm not going to be completely successful in my retirement," Erwin said.

The district asked Erwin to stick around as a sort of consultant for the new building, so she'll stay on and continue to work with students, staff and the community to help design the new campus part-time starting July 1.

She's not exactly sure what it'll look like, but she's excited.

Erwin said her goal is "to deliberately and intentionally build a space that represents who our community is, the diversity of our community, represents our core values, our mission, and is a welcoming and inclusive space."

Erwin said part of her still wishes she could keep being principal, though.

"My best days are when I'm in classrooms with students or having conversations in my office or walking with a staff member in the hall," she said. "I'm truly going to miss that. That's the part that has me very, very sad. It's the personal connections, the staff I've been honored to work alongside and the students who've been through this space."

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