SLIDESHOW: Lake Oswego says farewell to Heather Beck
Lake Oswegans gathered Tuesday to bid farewell to Superintendent Heather Beck, who is moving to Singapore to serve as Deputy Head of Schools at the Canadian International School.
Beck has served the Lake Oswego School District for four years, and the parents, School Board members, city councilors, police officers and firefighters who gathered to say goodbye in the Lake Oswego High cafeteria agreed that she will be greatly missed.
"Heather was given to us for four years so we could be enriched by her," said Keith Dickerson, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce and pastor at Hope Community Church.
Aspen Csaszar, who graduated from Lake Oswego High School last week, talked about the impact that Beck had on her life, and Mayor Kent Studebaker emphasized that Beck's commitment to inclusivity and college and career readiness had been influential in maintaining and improving the reputation of Lake Oswego schools.
"Heather has been a big part of attracting new residents to Lake Oswego. Heather has improved the quality of the schools, she has been open to questions, and she has been quick to respond where there are problems," Studebaker said. "I have found her to be a delightful person. I consider Heather a friend, and I will greatly miss her presence here."
School Board Chair John Wallin agreed, announcing that a grove of trees will be planted at the new Lakeridge Junior High School in honor of the profound impact Beck has had on the community.
— Claire Holley