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Three new principals taking over at West Sylvan, Maplewood and Odyssey schools

Three westside schools will see new principals this year.

Maplewood Elementary School welcomes Katherine (Kit) Galloway this year.

Galloway was introduced to the Maplewood community in May and will start her term as principal this fall. Galloway takes the reigns from Jill Bailey, who started at Maplewood in 2014 and retired at the end of the 2021 school year.

Galloway"Kathryn is a culturally sensitive educator known for clear-minded, organized leadership and attention to detail," Shawn Bird, chief of schools for PPS, said in a May announcement. "She comes to Maplewood from Alameda Elementary School, where she has served as assistant principal since 2019. Kathryn has spent all of her career in K-5 education, dating to her start as a teacher in grades 2 and 3 at Eagle Creek Elementary School in Estacada."

West Sylvan gets new leader

At West Sylvan Middle School, Jill Hunt will take over as principal, succeeding former principal Cherie Kinnersley.

HuntHunt is a native Oregonian, but spent the bulk of her career in Southern California. She served as assistant principal at Beverly Hills High School since 2019, but spent 18 years prior to that in Centinela Valley Union High School District. Hunt worked as an English Language Arts teacher before becoming dean of schools, assistant principal, principal and central office coordinator of special education.

"Working in urban school systems with diverse student and community populations, Dr. Hunt managed campus needs for special education and the 504 Plan (which gives students with disabilities the support they need) and was a leader in attendance and discipline interventions, AVID, IB and PBIS (positive behavioral interventions and supports)," Shawn Bird, chief of schools for PPS, said in a May announcement. "She also has extensive training in Restorative Justice practices, the topic of her dissertation work at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)."

Odyssey Program welcomes Gassert

Crystal Gassert will start the 2021-22 academic year as principal at Odyssey Program. Gassert, who attended Portland Public Schools as a child, previously served as assistant principal at Lent K-8 School. Prior to that, Gassert worked in DC Public Schools before coming to the Beaverton School District, where she taught reading and math before moving to an administrative position.

Gassert"Throughout her years as an educator, Crystal has worked in multiple transdisciplinary programs that emphasize an equity lens while preparing students to be leaders in their communities," Bird said. "As a former PPS student, Crystal is excited to serve the community that has given her so much."


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