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Maria DeLuna is the high school's new student resource officer and wants to be 'present and open' for students.

As high schoolers returned from winter break, they likely saw a new face in the hallways. This week, Officer Maria DeLuna joined the Canby High School staff as the new school resource officer.

DeLuna has been working as a patrol officer for the Canby Police Department for six years. Before coming on board in Canby, she worked as a police cadet for the Milwaukie Police Department and later became a reserve police officer.

"I wanted to become a school resource officer because I want to be a mentor or guide for students," DeLuna said. "I want to be someone they trust and know they can talk to me for any reason."

COURTESY PHOTO: KRISTEN WOHLERS - Maria DeLuna is the new Student Resource Officer at Canby High School. She started on the job when students returned to school this week.

DeLuna believes she is easy to communicate with and is a good listener. She is bilingual in English and Spanish, and her goal is to "be present and open to help guide students to be successful in school," she said.

"We are excited to welcome Officer DeLuna to CHS," Canby High School Associate Principal Cari Sloan said. "She excels at building relationships with students and staff. We are looking forward to her partnership to serve the Canby High School community."

DeLuna also said that she is sports-oriented, having played soccer and softball at Gladstone High School. She said the skills she learned as an athlete can be used in her new role.

"I have been involved with sports my entire life and I know how to work well with others to accomplish a task," she said.

She's also looking forward to supporting the Canby Cougars at sporting events and getting to know the students. As a school resource officer, DeLuna remains an employee of the Canby Police Department but works onsite at the school. Canby School District and Canby Police Department share the cost of employment.

DeLuna replaces former School Resource Officer Michael Manns, who left Canby High School after five years to pursue other interests, according to a newsletter from Principal Greg Dinse.

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