Friday, April 1, 2011

Washougal School Board Selects Oregon Administrator as Superintendent of Schools

The Washougal School District Board of Directors has selected Corvallis School District Superintendent Dawn Tarzian as its next Superintendent of Schools. Tarzian will begin work July 1, succeeding Teresa Baldwin who retires in June.

One of four finalists in an extensive search process, Tarzian has served as Superintendent of Corvallis School District in Corvallis, Oregon, since 2005. Prior to that she served as Assistant Superintendent and Director of Teaching and Learning for the school district. Prior to becoming an administrator in Corvallis, Tarzian served as Director of Student Services for Linn Benton Lincoln ESD, Principal for Greater Albany School District in Albany, Oregon, and Principal in Falls City School District in Falls City, Oregon. Tarzian earned her Bachelor's Degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara and her Master's in Education from the University of Oregon. She holds an Oregon administrator’s license.

Tarzian and the other three finalists visited Washougal School District on March 25 to tour schools, meet district staff, students and community members and interview with the Board of Directors.

"I am honored by the opportunity to become the superintendent of the Washougal School District," said Tarzian. "The reputation of the district is one of quality and of a place where caring staff challenge students to meet high expectations. Through the application process, I had the opportunity to meet students, staff, parents and community members up close. In addition to academic achievement, I saw a commitment to the whole child – developing healthy, engaged citizens who are applying what they learn in the classroom to their community and the world beyond. I am very impressed and excited that I soon will be a part of the Washougal community. I believe that I will be able to support and enhance the vision and goals that have been set for learning and student development."

"The Board was very fortunate in having extremely qualified applicants," said Board President Blaine Peterson. "That presented us with a very difficult problem, but after much discussion and deliberation we feel we have an excellent new superintendent to help our students reach their full potential. We appreciate all Teresa has done for our district and look forward to continuing the growth and improvements we have been experiencing in our district."