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There's a new Principal at Sellwood's venerable St. Agatha Catholic School; here's your chance to meet her

DAVID F. ASHTON - Now in her 20th year of education, new Principal Trista Casey leads St. Agatha Catholic School. As Mrs. Trista Casey enters her twentieth year as an educator — having nine years in public education, and ten years in Catholic education -- she started this fall as the new Principal of historic, century-old St. Agatha Catholic School in Sellwood.

"I have taught grades second through eighth, and I've been a Vice Principal as well as a Director of Religion and Curriculum," Casey told THE BEE.

"I decided to become a Principal a few years ago, to have a broader influence on the school community — so that I could lead teachers and students to recognize and perpetuate their strengths and to be a lifelong learner. I am currently a doctoral student at the University of Portland," Casey explained.

"Being in a Catholic school has also allowed me to share my faith, and to help students grow in their own faith, because Catholic education seeks to teach the 'whole child', and is multidimensional — in that we build on each student's strengths, and hold high expectations for their growth in learning. And, Catholic education also places an emphasis on service."

The school's new Principal came most recently from All Saints Catholic School in Portland where she was the Director of Religion and Curriculum, in addition to teaching fifth through eighth grade classes, over the last four years.

"St. Agatha is a welcoming community, and I am excited to be a part of it!" exclaimed Casey. "I am looking forward to getting to know the students and families at St. Agatha; to visiting classrooms, and seeing children learning; and to being a witness to the light and love of Jesus Christ."

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