MASD hires new superintendent
The Mount Angel School District Board announced that it has hired Rachel Stucky as its new superintendent.
Stucky will come on board July 6, replacing Troy Stoops who earlier this year accepted a superintendent position with the Junction City School District.
The district held a multi-state search that yielded 26 applicants. By early May the field was whittled down to two: Stucky and Allen Barber of the Eagle Point School District.
MASD Board Chair Shari Riedman said the decision to hire Stucky is a culmination of comprehensive recruitment and a selection process dating back to February.
"Mrs. Stucky brings impressive experience and knowledge that our district needs today," Riedman said. "She has successfully worked in a variety of roles in K-12 education over her 30-year career, in large and small districts. She has direct experience with Latinx communities, deep knowledge of curriculum and instruction, and prioritizes mentoring staff.
"Kids come first for Rachel, and to her 'All means all.' There is no doubt that she is especially excited to work in the community of Mt. Angel," Riedman added. "Rachel will lead our district with a thoughtful, collaborative, data-driven approach that will resonate well with our diverse students, staff, families and community."
Riedman noted that Stucky is a Salem native who began her educational career as an elementary teacher in South America and California.
Stucky ultimately returned to Oregon and worked as a teacher and reading specialist. Her first experience as an administrator was with Salem-Keizer School District's Head Start program. She also served as an elementary school principal in the district for 14 years.
Stucky spent eight years as a central office executive administrator. She also held the position of director of teaching and learning for Tigard-Tualatin schools before becoming the chief academic officer in the Sweet Home School District.
Stucky has a BA in elementary education from Western Oregon University and a Masters in educational policy, foundations, and administration from Portland State University.
"I am thrilled to have this opportunity. It is my honor and privilege to serve the Mt. Angel community," Stucky said. "As someone who has grown up in this region, I am aware of the proud traditions and community support for Mt. Angel schools. I look forward to working collaboratively with the school board, students, parents, staff, and community to continue building exceptional educational programs."
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