Middle school announces that Lindsay Androy-Koberstein will replace David Sheldon.

COURTESY PHOTO: JILLIAN DALEY - North Marion Middle School welcomes Lindsay Androy-Koberstein as the new assistant principal.  North Marion Middle School's new Vice Principal Lindsay Androy-Koberstein did not go into the field of education to follow in her parents' footsteps. In fact, she got into teaching because her parents advised her to find her own path.

"Neither of my parents went to college — and they made it clear to us we were going," Androy-Koberstein says.

Androy-Koberstein, a teacher from Central Linn School District, started in her new role at North Marion this August thrilled to be in a community like the one where she grew up and to continue to honor her parents' career advice. She said her parents worked hard all their life: Her dad owned and ran restaurants, while her mom worked for the federal government.

Androy-Koberstein's parents encouraged her and her brother to not only attend college but to discover what profession filled them with life. She found joy in education and, more specifically, in administration because of positive school experiences growing up in Grants Pass. She chose to apply to North Marion because the community reminded her of her hometown.

"The school I'm coming from is small and rural like this one," Androy-Koberstein said. "I tried to look for schools similar to the one that I grew up in because I like a small community."

She's also been looking for an opportunity to transition from teacher to administrator, especially at a school that boasts an Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Program.

AVID is a national college and career program with a site in North Marion and a site at the school where she most recently worked, Central Linn Junior/Senior High School in Halsey, Oregon. At Central Linn, she taught an AVID class and also led AVID curriculum development.

Androy-Koberstein is replacing David Sheldon, who was a co-principal with Tami Badinger at the middle school and now works at the intermediate school. Sheldon replaces former Intermediate School Principal Cory Gaub, who took a job in Montana to be closer to family. As for newcomer Androy-Koberstein, she said that she likes what she sees here, yet she wants to help the middle school grow. However, she's going to approach change with caution.

"My first year or two, I don't plan to come in and change things," Androy-Koberstein said. "My goal is to learn, because education looks different wherever you go. Everyone has their own system, their own culture."

Her path to North Marion and to education began with a bachelor of arts degree in English literature, then a master's in teaching, both from Western Oregon University. She spent most of her career at Central Linn. While Androy-Koberstein she was teaching, she was also gaining credentials, finishing two administrator licensure programs and licensure as principal: Authorization Level PreK—12.

In addition to her strong credentials and her experience teaching in areas including AVID and language arts, Androy-Koberstein also obtained leadership experience while working at the junior/senior high school in Central Linn as:

• AVID district director (implementing and sustaining AVID curriculum);

• Purpose and Culture Committee member (working with teachers from various departments and school district leaders to further cultural change at school);

• Teaching and Learning team member (collaborating with her fellow teachers to ascertain staff needs to promote best practices in every classroom);

• Educational Leadership Practicum leader (facilitating meetings, attending walk-throughs, among other duties).

When Androy-Koberstein isn't leading a team or teaching students, she spends time with her husband and two children (a third grader and a sixth grader) at home or visiting her husband's family, who live near North Marion. To be closer to their family, Androy-Koberstein hopes to not only work in North Marion but to live closer to this area that is so much like her hometown of Grants Pass.

She misses her hometown. But she listened to her family's sound advice to her and her brother to earn a college diploma and find a career they truly loved. That meant she and her brother both had to leave Grants Pass. He attended Harvard for graduate school because he'd found his calling in business.

When Androy-Koberstein tried her hand at teaching for the first time, she knew education was right for her. That's also how it felt when she came to North Marion, like a perfect fit.

"When I started the application process, North Marion really felt like home," Androy-Koberstein said. "It just felt very welcoming, inclusive and accepting, all of the things that I look for in a school."

She's now in the kind of place and career that fills her with happiness, just as her parents had always dreamed.

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