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A Montana native, Cory Gaub has accepted a job in Missoula beginning next year

AURORA — North Marion Intermediate School Principal Cory Gaub is leaving at the end of the school year to pursue a leadership role at a K—5 school in Montana.COURTESY PHOTO: NORTH MARION SCHOOL DISTRICT - North Marion Intermediate School Principal Cory Gaub

"We are chasing a dream," Gaub said, adding that the dream is to be closer to the rest of his family and to also have his two children get to know them. "I grew up in Montana and almost all of my family is there now."

Gaub has accepted a job as the principal of Chief Charlo Elementary School at Missoula County Public Schools, a K—12 school district. His last day (and fifth and final year as IS Principal) will be on June 30. He's excited for his next chapter in Montana, working at the school his mother retired from as a teacher, a school he watched workers build from the ground up while he was in high school. However, despite his joy at returning to family and familiar places, the move away from North Marion after devoting eight years here is simply bittersweet.

"We love North Marion; we love the people here; that has been one of the greatest joys ever," Gaub said. "This is a really special place because people are so passionate and care about the importance of being 'all-in' for the kids."

Gaub not only has close ties to North Marion but to Oregon, coming here 15 years ago after obtaining his Master of Arts in Education from San Jose State University. Prior to that, he received his Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Montana. He has also earned two administrative licenses from Concordia University. In his career, he has held many roles, devoting six years to the Beaverton School District as an English Language Development Specialist and Instructional Technology Coach. Gaub joined North Marion in 2014 as the Assistant Principal of the IS, becoming Principal after three years.

"Cory Gaub is an amazing leader, father, and a respected member of the North Marion School District Administrative team," Superintendent Ginger Redlinger said. "He brought excitement and engagement to the forefront and worked well to implement his staff's ideas. We will miss him!"


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