It is with great pleasure to introduce Woodburn School District’s (WSD) new Director of School Performance, Juan Francisco Larios.
As it is for many, education changed Larios’ mission in life and led him to choose the path of an educator. When Larios thinks back to his educational journey, he credits several teachers who helped him achieve his educational goals and supported his journey.
“These teachers were pockets of excellence,” shared Larios in his application letter. “They were enlightening, passionate individuals who I was fortunate to have had in my life. They were thinking outside the system rather than with the system.”
It was these teachers who were thinking outside the box to support all students that Larios credits for making him see that college was not an impossible dream and it is the same approach Larios follows when working with students from WSD.
Larios has worked for WSD for almost 20 years. He started as an Elementary Bilingual Spanish teacher at Lincoln Elementary and through the years he has successfully impacted and led different levels of the WSD. He has also served as an Assistant Principal at Heritage Elementary, Elementary Principal at Washington Elementary, and is currently the principal at the Academy of International Studies at Woodburn High School.
While working in the orchards of Hood River in his teen years, Larios concluded that there was, “more to life than working in the fruit orchards of Hood River Valley,” and he is now sharing his educational experience with students with the objective of engaging, inspiring and preparing all students from WSD to learn, lead, and contribute toward a just community, both locally and globally – as stated in WSD’s strategic plan.
Larios’s educational journey coupled with his educational experience at Woodburn School District and his dedication to the Woodburn community makes him the ideal candidate for the position of Director of School Performance.
I’m excited to have him join the Superintendent’s Leadership Team (SLT).
Please welcome Juan Francisco Larios as the new WSD Director of School Performance.
I’m pleased to announce that Christina Chapman will be taking over the responsibilities of the Director of Teaching, Learning, and Assessment.
With close to twenty years of experience in the field of education, Chapman has had the opportunity to serve in several capacities within the educational realm and in turn, has learned the ins and outs of federal Title programs, special education programs, intervention programs, bilingual education and core instruction to name a few of her specialties.
In the past several years, Chapman has had the experience of realigning ESOL and bilingual programs for both Woodburn School District and Salem-Keizer Public Schools.
In her past role as WSD’s Instructional Services Coordinator, Chapman collaborated with the Teaching and Learning Department to realign the Dual Language programs at WSD. Ensuring equitable access for all students and guaranteeing a viable curriculum was a goal she aspired to while in this position by providing professional learning opportunities, aligning curriculum, and conducting listening sessions.
“Effective communication and meaningful relationships with staff and community are a priority for me in order to promote a positive and collaborative culture,” Chapman said in her application letter. “As a bilingual administrator, I have been able to cultivate strong relationships with families, staff, and students by striving to be approachable.”
Chapman’s extensive list of participation in committees and training sessions outlined in her resume, along with her experience in education, gives her an edge on successfully fulfilling her responsibilities as the new WSD Director of Teaching, Learning, and Assessment.
Chapman came to WSD in 2017 as an Instructional Services Coordinator and prior to that, she was the Federal Programs Coordinator at Salem-Keizer public schools and the Principal at St. Paul Elementary School.
Please welcome Christina Chapman as the new WSD Director of Teaching, Learning, and Assessment.