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Tamara Benning, a 20-year teacher in the Corvallis School District, will serve as the associate principal at Molalla River Middle School

COURTESY PHOTO: MRSD - Tamara Benning.For the open associate principal position at Molalla River Middle School, the district has hired Tamara Benning, formerly a teacher-leader in the Corvallis School District.

The position became available in May when Matthew Lacy announced his resignation after three years in the district. He took a new position as a 9-12 principal at Oregon Connections Academy, according to May 9 school board minutes. At that meeting, Lacy commented that he feels blessed for the leadership and support of the administration throughout his time in the district, per the minutes.

Benning surfaced during the screening process as the "ideal candidate" to replace Lacy at the middle school, according to Superintendent Tony Mann.

Benning is originally from Minnesota and has been a humanities teacher for more than 20 years, according to Mann. Most recently, she has served as an instructional leader providing teacher training on high-quality instructional practices, positive behavior systems and assessment and technology.

"As long as I've known her, Tamara has been viewed as a leader by her colleagues," said one of Benning's references.

After living and teaching in Corvallis for more than 20 years, Benning is relocating to the Molalla area this summer. Thanks to the board's approval on June 27 to hire her, she will serve at the middle school in the upcoming school year as associate principal alongside Principal Randy Dalton.

Kristen Wohlers
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