Erion hired as permanent NHS principal
The Newberg School District announced Friday that Newberg High School interim principal Tami Erion was hired on a full-time basis. The hiring came soon after the district appointed Joe Morelock as its permanent superintendent and was the result of an extensive application process that narrowed to two candidates.
Erion has served as the interim principal at NHS since her appointment in May. She came to Newberg as an assistant principal at NHS prior to her appointment.
"I'm excited to stay here and continue to be part of the community," she said. "To be able to keep working with the amazing kids and staff here is an exciting thing. It's an opportunity to keep some continuity and lay a vision for how we move forward."
The NHS principal position has been a revolving door of sorts in recent years, but Erion emphasized that she isn't going anywhere. Creating some level of consistency for the students and staff was important to her, she said, and it was a big reason why she applied for the permanent job in the first place.
Erion's priority, she said, is to provide "engaging, relevant education" to students. Every student is different in her view, so the school should be capable of meeting every individual student's needs.
That starts with a focus on building a career-based foundation. Erion has overseen and led the way on expansion of Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs at NHS, but she wants to go even further and provide other avenues for students to find outlets for their various career interests.
She said she will do so by building partnerships with industry leaders in the area, looking for ways students can get involved through internships or other professional programs.
"We will continue to expand our CTE programs where we can," Erion said. "We've had some new ones in the past couple years and we can use even more. Our hope is to continue to grow what we have, as well."
In addition to CTE and career-focused opportunities, expanding cultural elements in the curriculum is going to be a focus in the coming years, Erion said. Adding classes about a variety of cultures and their histories, she added, will expand students' world views and allow them to become interested in diverse communities in and outside of their community.
However the next couple of years look in the classroom, Erion said she is excited to take on the principal position on a permanent basis and hopes to leave a positive impact on the students that come through NHS. The 2018-2019 school year comes to a close in June and then work begins to prepare for the 2019-2020 year – the first for Erion as the permanent principal.
"What was most important to me about applying for this job is to stay in the community and keep doing great work for our kids," Erion said. "I have a great staff and I'm pretty amazed every day at some of the things our kids do."
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