Beaverton principal's retirement begins summer shuffle
A Portland Public Schools principal is moving to the Tigard-Tualatin School District, replacing a principal who is moving to the Beaverton School District.
Confused? It's all part of the summer shuffle, a yearly ritual as schoolteachers and administrators shift positions and rise through the ranks in between school years.
Andrew Kearl has been named principal of Beaverton High School, succeeding longtime principal Anne Erwin, who is retiring. Beaverton High announced the hiring last month.
Kearl's move from the Tigard-Tualatin School District opened up his position as principal of Twality Middle School. Tigard-Tualatin announced Tuesday, June 21, that job will be filled by Susan Kosmala, who has been principal of Jackson Middle School in Portland for the past three years.
Kosmala also has experience teaching in the Salem-Keizer School District and in other states.
"I am very excited to join TTSD," said Kosmala in a statement provided by the Tigard-Tualatin School District. "I have long respected the cutting-edge work the district is known for. I am a data-driven leader and prioritize school climate, specifically students' sense of belonging and voice. These are values that lead TTSD's work, and I look forward to lending my experience and talents to further this work."
Amber Fields, Tigard-Tualatin's director of secondary education, made the announcement Tuesday.
"Susan believes in being visible and ensuring staff, families and students feel seen, valued and heard," Fields said in a statement. "Further, she knows the social and emotional needs of middle school students post-pandemic and is passionate about serving at this level."
Kearl has been working in education since 2006, starting in New York and later in Colorado, Washington and Oregon.
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