Clackamas County-based nonprofit Maurice Lucas Foundation has hired former Oregon City High School teacher Sheila Zachry as its academy manager.
The foundation is named in honor of the leading scorer on the 1977 NBA champion Portland Trail Blazers team who gave selflessly of his time and energy to Portland youth.
Zachry worked at OCHS for 29 years, starting as an English teacher. She eventually taught most of the English courses available at OCHS, created a course to help students and families navigate the college process, and later served as OCHS's English Department coordinator.
Since 2013, Zachry has worked at KIPP Memphis Collegiate High School, a charter school in Tennessee, where she started as chair of the Humanities Department and rose to become interim principal last year.
In her new role at the Maurice Lucas Foundation, Zachry will oversee the organization's teachers, mentors, tutors and coaches who provide education, sports programs, outings, sports camps and postsecondary education scholarships to underserved Portland-area middle school students.
Maurice Lucas Foundation Academies aims to help children develop skills to help them succeed in school and life. Since its formation, more than 400 students have successfully completed the foundation's academies and hundreds of others have participated in its sports programs.
A native of Oregon, Zachry graduated with a bachelor's degree in English from Western Oregon University in Monmouth. She earned a master's degree in teaching at Lewis & Clark College in Portland.
For more information about the foundation, visit ml20.org.
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