Mulino Elementary has had an interim principal throughout most of the 2018-19 school year following the resignation of longtime Principal Alan Willey in September 2018. Now, the school will get a permanent principal.
After sifting through 42 applicants, Superintendent Tony Mann, with the help of principals, teachers, other staff and parents, narrowed it down to one "clear choice": Elise Hall, who currently coordinates instructional improvements and supports teachers at Lake Grove Elementary in the Lake Oswego School District.
"We will have big shoes to fill in our school," said Hall's current principal Scott Schinderle.
The school board voted on May 23 to approve hiring Hall. She will begin at Mulino on July 1, 2019.
Mann described some of the reasons for selecting Hall from such a large pool of qualified applicants.
"References confirmed for us that her heart is always focused on children," Mann said. "We believe she is someone committed to building relationships and trust in the school, putting Mulino's commitment to children at the forefront of every decision."
He added, "Having Elise join our district, I am confident we have an exceptional elementary principal to lead in the Mulino Community."
Hall holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Portland and a Master's in Educational Administration from Portland State University. She has 20 years of experience in education, per Mann.
"I was drawn to be a teacher because of my heart and passion for kids, which led me to the principal position at Mulino Elementary School," Hall said. "In this new role, I plan to collaboratively lead our community towards excellence for all of our students."
Hall is a self-described small-town girl, hailing from Newport, Oregon originally. She is a mother of three boys. In her spare time, she enjoys running and cheering on her kids on the football or baseball field.
The soon-to-be principal expressed eagerness to start the new gig and join the community.
"During my visit with the Mulino staff and community members involved in the process, I was impressed by their sense of pride," she said. "It is clear to me that Mulino is a special place, and I'm excited to become part of the community. I'm equally excited to join the Molalla River School District and share in the belief that all children deserve to attend exceptional schools."
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