Sally Tripp prepares for life after Sandy High School
Sally Tripp has loved every minute of her 32 years working in education.
She also loves spending time with family, being outdoors and trying new pastimes, so she's retiring at the end of this school year to do just that.
"I want to spend more time with my grandbabies," Tripp told The Post. "There's still a lot of things I'd like to do. I'm sure there are other things out there I just haven't had time to explore."
For the first 20 years of Tripp's career she taught physical education and coached volleyball and track in another district. She attributes her switch to an administrative role as assistant principal at Sandy High 12 years ago to the need for a change. She has never regretted that change.
"I grew up in Hood River, so I loved living in a smaller community but having access to a larger city," Tripp said of her move to Sandy. "(Sandy's) got that great small-town feel."
Tripp's daughter attended Sandy High from sophomore through senior year, and Tripp has considered several other students and staff members she's worked with an extension of her family. "I really like the staff I work with," she noted. "The administrative staff is very supportive, and I've had a lot of opportunities to grow and learn."
At Sandy High, each assistant principal, of which there are four, has a different area of focus. Tripp's is discipline and leadership, which can be challenging, but also rewarding.
"There's always a challenge dealing with discipline," Tripp said. "Everyone's in a heightened state. But we have good kids at Sandy. And I enjoy working with kids in leadership. It's so cool to work with kids and watch them develop and see where they're going to go."
June 14 will mark Tripp's last graduation ceremony at Sandy High. "And I'm finally graduating after 32 years," she joked.
To her successor, Tripp advises, "just know you don't have to do it by yourself."
"You have a whole team of people to help," she added. "Trust yourself and know the policy."
Sarah Dorn has been chosen as Tripp's replacement.
Dorn is the CTE coordinator for Gresham-Barlow School District. She began her career teaching business and English language arts in the David Douglas School District. Dorn has also worked with the Clackamas Education Service District (ESD) as their CTE Regional Coordinator before moving to Gresham-Barlow.
"Sarah's vast background in CTE will help us solidify and grow our programs," Principal Kim Ball noted in a statement.
"I think she's going to do great," Tripp added.