Scappoose Middle School will be welcoming a new principal in July.
Adam Strachan, who is now athletic director and assistant principal at Scappoose High School, will take over his new duties July 1. The Scappoose School District made the news official at its Monday, April 12, board meeting.
Strachan will take over for Paul Peterson, who is currently interim principal at the middle school.
Strachan is looking forward to making the move from one part of town to another.
"I could not be more excited to be the next middle school principal at Scappoose Middle School," Strachan said. "I am excited to get over there. I love working with that age group of kids — they have so much positive energy, so much enthusiasm for learning."
Strachan grew up in a family of educators, including his father, who was a teacher for over three decades.
"I saw the impact that they were able to have on people's lives," he said. "They were able to do something that was fulfilling to them."
Strachan grew up in the Forest Grove and Hillsboro areas and spent the first ten years of his teaching career at Tualatin High School.
Navigating through the COVID-19 pandemic, as have many other teachers throughout the country, Strachan said he's passionate about returning to classroom learning.
"I have been advocating strongly for the last 13 months for the fact that education is essential and we need the kids back to in-person school as quickly as we could possibly do so," Strachan said. "Kids need to be in school for their mental, social and emotional health."
Strachan is happy that students started returning to Scappoose Middle School and Scappoose High School on Monday.
"We had our first in-person day at the high school (and middle school) yesterday," he said in a Tuesday, April 13, interview. "We're looking forward to the next nine weeks of being able to work with kids."
Strachan continued, "We know that we're going to have to work as hard as we ever have as educators and be really creative, put in a lot of time, learn new systems and really work hard to be able to close the learning gaps that have been created."
Strachan said some families have been experiencing success with comprehensive distance learning, and he hopes that option will be offered moving forward.
Speaking of his upcoming duties at Scappoose Middle School, Strachan said, "At Scappoose Middle School, we have a fantastic staff who cares about kids and is dedicated to helping them become the best students and people that they can be. I know that we'll go above and beyond over there to close the gaps that have been created."
At Scappoose High School, as athletic director, Strachan has been pleased with how the sports season has been progressing.
"At the high school, we had athletics come back in February," he said. "That was a huge step for us and it was great to see kids being able to get back with their coaches and play sports and play competitions against other schools, and do so in a safe environment."
Glancing ahead to the fall school year, Strachan said, "My anticipation is by next September, we will be back to normal school, five days a week, in-person, full days. That's my full expectation and anticipation, and to do anything less than that would be extremely disappointing."
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