River Mill Elementary gets new leader
Corinne Johnsen is the new principal of the 480-student River Mill Elementary School, coming to Estacada from nearby Molalla River School District.
"I can't express how grateful I am to be in this district and community. They have been so open and welcoming. I've felt that from the students, staff and community, said Johnsen.
Prior to River Mill Johnsen was an associate principal at Clarkes Elementary School in Mulino, which has about 150 students.
She is a graduate of Molalla High School and Eastern Oregon University and earned a master's degree in curriculum and instruction and her administrative license from Portland State University.
Johnsen has more than 15 years experience in elementary education.
When not at school, the mother of three likes spending time with her family, running and being outdoors.
Johnsen was selected through an extensive interview process that included input from families and staff from the River Mill community, the district said in its announcement.
"I'm really inspired by the continuous improvements taking place in the district," she said.
Johnsen said she was thrilled as school started in late August.
"It has been wonderful to see smiling faces. The building comes alive with kids," she said.
Asked about her favorite book for elementary school students, Johnsen said she likes "Have You Filled a Bucket Today?" by Carol McCloud.
Targeted at children about 4 to 9 years old, Johnsen said the book's message of kindness and expressing appreciation resonates with her.
"That's what I strive for, to make people's lives better every day and make them feel cared for," she said.
Estacada School District Superintendent Ryan Carpenter says that he is "excited to welcome Corinne into our army of improvers," and adds that he is confident that her talents and leadership potential will sustain a thriving culture at River Mill Elementary.
Johnsen replaces Jennifer Behrman, who became the district's director of elementary programs. Behrman said in the announcement that she looks forward to collaborating with Johnsen noting that she is a "strong leader that will be a good fit for River Mill and the Estacada School District."
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