New Molalla Elementary principal named
Mike Sauers will be the new Molalla Elementary School Principal, beginning in July.
The previous principal, Linda Brecht-Kwirant, announced in February that she would resign at the end of the academic year. She served for two years.
A selection committee composed of teachers, classified staff, administrators and parents selected Sauers from a pool of candidates, according to Superintendent Tony Mann.
Mann introduced Sauers at the May 14 virtual school board meeting, where the board affirmed Sauers' appointment.
Sauers holds a bachelor's degree from Grace College and a master's in educational leadership from Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne. Most recently, he served as an assistant elementary school principal in the Centennial School District.
"He's recognized as having expertise in supporting children who are eligible for services in special education," Mann said at the May 14 meeting. "He has worked in diverse communities, served in Title I schools.
"He was really seen across the board as the candidate of choice for this position," Mann added.
And the feeling was mutual.
Sauers revealed that he had been searching quite some time for a smallish community that was a fit for him.
"I feel like I've found that in Molalla," he said. "I'm very excited to get to know the students and families, the teachers and the staff, the community."
He added, "I feel very humbled and blessed to be selected as the new principal at Molalla Elementary School."
Sauers summed up what he might bring to the school when he shared with the selection committee his leadership vision for the role.
He said, "I have a goal to create a school community where students feel safe, empowered and ready to highly engage in their culture and their future," according to a school district news release.
Sauers lives in Tigard with his wife, Danielle, and three young daughters. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends, cooking and getting outdoors to enjoy the beautiful Pacific Northwest weather.
Learn more about Sauers in a video message here.
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