LaKeyshua Washington, an educator for over 23 years, took her place July 1 as the Lake Oswego School District's new executive director of curriculum and instruction.
Although it's a new title in the district, Washington's role will look very similar to that of Superintendent Jennifer Schiele when she served as assistant superintendent.
Prior to this role, Washington served as the director of secondary teaching and learning for the Gresham-Barlow School District. Before that she served as a principal, assistant principal and secondary science teacher at schools in Los Angeles and Compton, California.
Originally from Portland, she studied at the University of Oregon before starting her career in California.
Washington's first goal is getting the lay of the land.
"I need to learn about the organization, systems and structures. I need to learn about the organizational culture — the formal culture and the informal culture. So for me that's about getting to know the people, building relationships," she said.
After that it's all about curriculum, which she said is her favorite aspect of working in education.
She loves finding creative ways to engage with students to make learning fun and meaningful to them.
"And working with teachers and principals — working as a team to solve these problems of student achievement or engagement, and just kind of working as a community to solve some of those problems," she said.
In her role, she'll be working closely with Executive Director of Elementary Programs Frank Luzaich and Executive Director of Secondary Programs Lou Bailey to support K-12 teaching and learning.
She'll also work on grants, Title I funding, professional development and curriculum adoption.
She considers herself an active and outgoing person. In her free time she likes to snowboard, do yoga and take African dance classes. She's gone skydiving and zip lining and is open to adventure.
"I will try things that I've never done before, because I'm just pretty adventurous," she said.
She also enjoys cooking, creating a hospitable environment for others and getting to know people.
"I'm just looking forward to getting to know the community of Lake Oswego and the staff, students and families that we serve," Washington said.
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