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Spencer McEwen returns to Oregon Trail to replace Robbie Boslaugh at elementary school

COURTESY PHOTO - New Kelso Elementary School Principal Spencer McEwen returns to Oregon Trail after four years with Portland Public Schools. Though Kelso Elementary School is saying goodbye to Principal Robbie Boslaugh, the Oregon Trail School District is saying hello (again) to Spencer McEwen.

McEwen will take on the duties of principal at Kelso Elementary this coming school year, but McEwen previously served in the district as a first-grade teacher at Firwood Elementary from 2013-2015.

Prior to returning to the Oregon Trail School District, McEwen spent four years with Portland Public Schools, serving as a Teacher on Special Assignment, providing professional development and other support for teachers and administrators districtwide. He was also a Reading and Math Instructional Coach at Rosa Parks Elementary School in Portland.

According to a statement from the Oregon Trail School District, Rosa Parks Principal Tamala M.W. Newsom attributes part of her school's academic growth to the literacy training McEwen provided to staff.

"Mr. McEwen exhibits strong collaborative leadership skills, uses open and clear communication, and has an approachable manner, which allows him to work effectively with parents, students, and staff," Newsom said.

"Spencer has a great deal of knowledge and experience in academic interventions that help increase student achievement," noted Oregon Trail Student Services Director Katie Schweitzer, who served on Kelso's interview committee. The vote to hire McEwen was unanimous.

McEwen earned his bachelor's degree in Sociology from the University of Oregon, a master's degree in teaching from Oregon State University, and a School Administration license from Portland State University.

"Every day my experiences with children remind me how passionate I am about being a teacher and administrator," McEwen noted. "Constantly working to inspire and educate my staff, students, families, and community will be my primary objectives."

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