Educator for the past 21 years served as a principal for the past 11 years in Lake Oswego schools

Dr. Sara Deboy is the Oregon City School District's new associate director of teaching and learning.

An educator for 21 years, Deboy served as a principal for the past 11 years in Lake Oswego schools, since 2016 at Lake Oswego Junior High School. She faced a series of challenges in her last Sara Deboyyear at the school, including the death of a popular student in a winter break car accident and a racial incident involving an African-American eighth-grader that rocked the school in early 2018.

Deboy previously worked as a classroom teacher and a Title I reading specialist. For the past five years, she has been an adjunct professor for the University of Portland working with pre-service teachers and serves on the board of their Education Leadership Network. 

Deboy's background and education have been largely focused on instructional improvement and effective interventions for struggling students. She has developed and delivered professional development at the district level, particularly in the areas of literacy, professional learning communities and response to intervention.

Deboy has served on a number of K-12 curriculum adoption committees for nearly every content area.

This year she will focus on curriculum adoption and implementation, professional development for staff, AVID implementation, and work to support teachers and students through instructional strategies. She will work closely with Kyle Laier, the new assistant superintendent for teaching and learning.

"This position affords me an opportunity to spend every day focusing on my passions — student achievement and access, best instructional practice and equitable processes that broaden our perspectives," Deboy said. "I look forward to learning and leading in this district for many years to come." 

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