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Anita Hansen, a special education teacher in the Hillsboro School District, will replace Jenneca Crocker.

COURTESY PHOTO: SCAPPOOSE SCHOOL DISTRICT - Anita Hansen has been selected as the new principal at Otto Petersen Elementary School in Scappoose. The Scappoose School District will be welcoming its newest principal July 1.

Superintendent Tim Porter announced on Facebook, June 14, that he will be recommending Anita Hansen to become the new principal at Otto Petersen Elementary School. Hansen will replace Jenneca Crocker, who is leaving the district.

The school board must officially confirm the hire, although that step is rarely more than a formality. The topic of Hansen's hiring is on the agenda for the June 27 board meeting.

Hansen has been a special education teacher in the Hillsboro School District for the last 10 years and was an instructional assistant for five years before becoming a teacher.

In his letter announcing Hansen's selection as principal, Porter said, "As an instructional assistant, she worked in a behavior program with children with complex lives and many challenges."

Porter continued, "In her current role as a special education teacher, Anita has led multiple initiatives, including leading the summer school learning opportunity for Imlay Elementary last summer, which over 120 students attended."

Hansen has also been involved with the parent organization at Imlay Elementary School.

Crocker grabbed newspaper headlines in December 2020, when she wrote a letter strongly criticizing Lisa Maloney, who was a school board member at the time, over what she described as "racist, accusatory and hateful comments."

Maloney pushed back on those allegations, and the school board ultimately took no action. Maloney announced months later she wasn't seeking another term on the school board.

Hansen completed her undergraduate degree in communications at the University of Portland. Porter said Hansen received a master's degree in special education from Grand Canyon University. Hansen will get her administrative license from Lewis & Clark College in July.

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