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Derek Porter returns to the school district after working in neighboring districts. 

A familiar face will return to the West Linn-Wilsonville School District this fall and lead the Bolton Primary School student body.

On Monday, July 18, the school district announced that it had hired Derek Porter as the new Bolton principal for the upcoming academic year. Porter comes from Oregon City, where he served as the associate principal at John McLoughlin Elementary School for several years. However, he is no stranger to the district: he previously worked as an instructional coordinator at Boones Ferry Primary and as a teacher at Willamette Primary.

Porter is an alumnus of Cascade College in Portland. He earned his bachelor of science at Cascade before pursuing a master of arts in teaching from Concordia University and completing a professional administrator license from Portland State University in 2022. He has also taught in the North Clackamas and Beaverton school districts.

In a letter to the community, Human Resources Director Shyla Waldern said Porter impressed the district with his commitment to ensuring every student had a sense of belonging and his excitement to launch the Chinese Dual Language Program, which will begin this fall.

"Throughout the process, Mr. Porter impressed our interview team with his strong instructional knowledge and leadership skills, his work with students and staff on equity initiatives … and his excitement to return and lead in the West Linn-Wilsonville School District," Waldern said.

Porter will replace Edgar Solares, who has served as Bolton's principal since 2019. In a letter to families, Solares expressed the "bittersweet emotions" that he had while deciding to take a principalship position in a neighboring district.

"I have appreciated your support, understanding, flexibility and partnership during my time as your principal. Your unwavering support carried all of us through the last couple of years," said Solares. "I am confident the next principal will work collaboratively with all of you and the Bolton staff to continue to create a school climate and culture of belonging. I know our students will continue to thrive at Bolton."


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