Molalla River School District has hired Sara Bean, who holds a Doctorate of Education and has served as a teacher and assistant principal in California

COURTESY PHOTO - Sara BeanSara Bean, formerly a teacher and assistant principal in California, has been selected to serve as associate principal at Molalla High School beginning in the fall.

The appointment comes after a recruitment process that brought more than twenty applicants followed by committee interviews involving Molalla High School teachers and support staff.

"The committee described Sara Bean as someone with a strong ethical and moral compass, and someone who believes students deserve relevant learning experiences and positive, caring adults in school," said Superintendent Tony Mann, "and that's the kind of adult we want working in the Molalla River School District."

As an educator, Bean indicated her desire to see all students thrive.

"I love being part of a team that helps students use important tools in life to exceed even their own expectations for themselves," Bean said.

Bean served sixteen years as a high school math teacher and department chair before serving as an assistant principal for two years in California. In addition to her classroom and administrative experience, Bean evaluated educational software with the California Learning Resource Network and the California Department of Education.

Bean holds a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from California State University, Fresno where she also earned her Master's degree in Education. As an undergraduate she studied social science at Chapman State, also in California.

Recently married, Bean and her husband located in the area, and she sought the position at Molalla High School.

"Molalla has a strong reputation, and I wanted to be part of a community like Molalla when I moved to Oregon," she said.

"In bringing Sara Bean into the Associate Principal position, I am confident that Molalla

High School is adding a strong instructional leader who will be an advocate for all students," said Brad Berzinski, MHS principal. "Sara has a proven ability to partner with parents and community members and understands what it takes to provide increased opportunities for our students to be college, career, and citizen ready," said Berzinski.

Mann's selection of Bean for the post was approved by the school board at their regular

July business meeting.

"I am excited to have Sara join the team. She brings proven leadership experience and a commitment to excellence to the job," said Mann.

When she's not serving students and their families, you might spot Sara and her husband on an adventure riding motorcycles together.

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