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District directors, principals and assistant principals hired for the 2022-23 school year

As summer days fade away, Centennial School District has filled multiple district level and school principal positions with new hires set to start in the 2022-23 school year. Centennial will introduce a new communications officer, dining service director, athletic director and three school principals.

COURTESY PHOTO: CENTENNIAL SCHOOL DISTRICT  - Alberto Rosales-Korrea Alberto 'Albert' Rosales-Korrea will fill in as the district's new chief communications officer. Rosales-Korrea is succeeding Kassie Swenson, who served in the role during the 2021-22 school year.

With more than 15 years in the field of public relations and communication, serving in education, medical, city government and business roles, Rosales-Korrea has expertise in building community partnerships, district officials said. His experience includes positions as communications officer for Harlandale Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas; special projects manager for the city of San Antonio Planning Department; multimedia and bilingual communications coordinator for Spring Independent School District and the Communications Officer for Hidalgo Independent School District, both in Texas.

Rosales-Korrea has a bachelor of arts in communications-broadcast journalism from the University of Texas-Pan American and a master's degree in communications from University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio.

Kim Burns will take over as the new dining services director, filling the vacancy left by the retirement of former director John Waker. Burns started her new role with Centennial on Monday, May 9.

COURTESY PHOTO: CENTENNIAL SCHOOL DISTRICT  - Kim Burns Burns has 20 years of experience working in school nutrition in East Multnomah County. Previously, she worked for Reynolds School District, where she served in a variety of school nutrition roles, including nutrition services program coordinator.

Additionally, she is proficient in the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) Child Nutrition Program guidelines and has budgetary and audit experience in both the public and private sectors, officials said. For the past 13 years, Burns has held a certification with the School Nutrition Association (SNA).

Centennial Middle School will welcome Nathan Buck as its new interim principal for the upcoming school year. Buck is succeeding Johanna Castillo, who resigned from the position at the end of the 2021-22 school year.COURTESY PHOTO: CENTENNIAL HIGH SCHOOL  - Nathan Buck

After spending the past three years as Centennial Middle School's assistant principal, Buck is poised to assume the principalship role. Prior to his hire in the Centennial School District, he worked in the Hillsboro School District for 12 years, including nine years as a Spanish teacher at Century High School and three years as dean of students.

While at Centennial Middle School, Buck supported the coordination of the bond renovations at CMS, brought art and art media to CMS, led the work to bring basketball back and is currently working to bring boys and girls wrestling to CMS.

Buck has a master's degree in teaching from the University of Portland. He also received a dual bachelor's degree in Spanish and English from Gonzaga University. Additionally, he studied at the Center for Modern Languages at the University of Granada in Granada, Spain.

Leslie Van Kleek officially started her role as Patrick Lynch Elementary's principal on Friday, July 1. Van Kleek succeeded Jeffrey Cerveny, who left for the Seattle area.

COURTESY PHOTO: CENTENNIAL SCHOOL DISTRICT  - Leslie Van Kleek Van Kleek has 26 years of education experience and most recently served as the dean of students at Alberta Rider Elementary School in the Tigard-Tualatin School District. Prior to that role, she served five years as a K-5 special education facilitator and 18 years as a learning specialist. Van Kleek has a bachelor's degree in child development from Oregon State University and a master's degree in special education from Lewis & Clark College. Additionally, she earned her principal license from Lewis & Clark College.

Jared Austin was selected to take over the principal role at Powell Butte Elementary, succeeding Marin Miller, who is now serving as Centennial High School's principal. For the past eight years, Austin served at Powell Butte Elementary, most recently as assistant principal. Prior to his role as assistant principal, his experience included an administrative internship at Powell Butte and a job as summer school administrator. COURTESY PHOTO: CENTENNIAL SCHOOL DISTRICT  - Jared Austin

Austin obtained a bachelor's degree in business from Portland State University, a master's degree in teaching from Concordia University and an administrative credential from George Fox University.

Starting in July, Daunte Gouge has taken over as Centennial High School's assistant principal and the district's athletic director.

COURTESY PHOTO: CENTENNIAL SCHOOL DISTRICT  - Daunte Gouge With over 29 years in education, Gouge brings a wealth of experience to his new responsibilities. Most recently, he served as the teacher on special assignment athletic director at St. Helens High School. Prior to that role, Gouge worked in the athletic departments in The Dalles High School, Parkrose High School and King's High School in Seattle, Washington.

Gouge received his bachelor's degree in education from Seattle Pacific University, a master's degree in sports science from the United States Sports Academy and an administrative license from Portland State University.


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