Mills departs West Linn High School
West Linn High School Principal Kevin Mills announced Tuesday that he has accepted the position of principal at Lake Oswego Junior High for the 2018-19 school year.
Mills leaves the West Linn-Wilsonville School District after serving the Lion family for 10 years.
"I would like to let you all know that I have been presented with a new and exciting opportunity for the upcoming school year outside of the district," Mills said in a statement released July 3 to WLHS families.
His move to Lake Oswego Junior High was confirmed by Lake Oswego School District officials, who said Mills will start his new job immediately.
"Kevin comes to the LOSD with a wealth of secondary experience as a principal, assistant principal, athletic director and math teacher," said LOSD Interim Superintendent Michael Musick. "He has lead one of the top high schools in the state, and his students have demonstrated impressive results. He is excited to begin working with middle school students and supporting their transition to high school. I know he will be an excellent fit for the school and community."
Mills, who graduated from Linfield College with a bachelor's in math and then earned his master's in education and an Initial Administrator License from George Fox University, was hired fresh out of college at WLHS as an advanced math teacher. During his tenure at WLHS, he participated in the schoolwide Equity team, which focuses on school climate, culture and inclusivity. As principal, he led professional development programs for teachers centered on equity and developed culturally responsive teacher assessments. In addition, he supported the Unified Sports teams at WLHS, which is recognized as a national Unified school.
Before becoming principal, Mills was an assistant principal at WLHS, where he focused on using restorative practices to help students find success in school. He was also athletic director for one year; during that time, he supervised all co-curricular programs and coaches, created and implemented a formal evaluation system for athletics and worked closely with students and community members to celebrate their successes.
"I have seen such growth in student achievement over the years — a positive culture that is inclusive to all students," he said. "I have no doubt that the school will continue to create access for all students and (they will) find a lot of success in all that they do."
Mills said that when he saw the position for principal at LOJ open up, he viewed it as an opportunity for growth and applied. The process concluded July 3.
"I grew up in a household of educators. My mother, Malea Mills, taught at Lake Grove Elementary for many years, and my father, Chris Mills, worked in the Oregon City School dDstrict as a teacher, principal and HR director for years," Mills said. "I am excited to start a new chapter in my profession and build new relationships in the Lake Oswego community. I got into education because of my passion for students and learning. I enjoy seeing students achieve at high levels and find their own passions within schools."
Andrew Kilstrom, communications director for the WL-WV School District, said the hiring process for a new principal at WLHS will get underway in the next couple of days, and that the goal is to have Mills' replacement on board before the end of July.
"Leaving West Linn will be difficult because of the many great people that are there," Mills said. "I am looking forward to a new challenge and new community to lead in. I am excited to continue my learning and broaden my experiences at a new level and district."
Mills currently lives in Tualatin with his wife Katie and two children, 4-year old twins Dominic and Sydney. He enjoys traveling, playing soccer and spending time with his family, he said.