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Patrick Minor announced Thursday, June 23 he would leave his principalship position at Willamette Primary to join the Lowrie Wolfpack.

Lowrie Primary School in Wilsonville will welcome a new principal this summer.

On Thursday, June 23, the West Linn-Wilsonville School District announced that Patrick Minor would take the leadership role, leaving a vacant principal position at his current school, Willamette Primary, in West Linn. The district said in a letter to the community that Minor demonstrated strong leadership and community driven skills that align with the school's student body during the interview process.

"Patrick expressed his excitement in working with the diverse community of students and parents at Lowrie Primary while maintaining our equity and linguistic lens," said Human Resources Director Shyla Waldern in a letter to families.

Minor has worked as Willamette's principal since 2016. Before that, he was an instructional coordinator at Stafford Primary for nine years. Minor is a San Francisco State University graduate and has a Master of Science degree in educational leadership and policy from Portland State University.

"These past six years as Principal at Willamette have been a highlight of my professional career. I am grateful for the exceptional educators, passionate students, and the incredible support of this school community. Willamette is a special school community, because of the collective spirit of inclusivity, generosity, commitment, and kindness," Minor said in a letter to his former school.

Minor will replace Sarita Amaya, who has been with the school since 2018. Amaya shared the news of her "bittersweet" departure last week, citing that she took a new principalship position in a neighboring school district to be closer to her family.

"One of the most significant things that living through a global pandemic has reminded me, is just how precious life can be and just how important it is to prioritize quality time with loved ones. Not tomorrow. Now," she said to families in a letter.

The school district is working to find a replacement for Minor at Willamette Primary.

"While I am excited for this next professional adventure, I will miss working with this fantastic staff, our awesome students and the tremendous support and trust of our community," said Minor.

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