District Announces Principal Assignment Changes, eff. 07/01/16

posted Apr 20, 2016, 3:24 PM by Tianna Hubbenette   [ updated Apr 20, 2016, 3:26 PM ]

Middleton Elementary Principal, Dr. Jeremiah Patterson, announced in March of this year that he accepted the Assistant Superintendent position with Gladstone School District.  While the Sherwood School District is saddened by Dr. Patterson’s departure after serving four years as a wonderful leader among the District’s family of administrators, the Superintendent, Board of Directors and staff wish him the best as he leans into the next level in his career.

In order to ensure that the needs and desires of staff and parents of Middleton Elementary are addressed in the process of finding the best fit for their next principal, Sherwood School District provided opportunity for its stakeholders to share their thoughts about the right candidate.  A survey was sent out to all Middleton families to get their input on the attributes they would hope for in their next principal.  Staff were engaged in a listening session with Superintendent Heather Cordie and Human Resources Director Steve Emmert.  What was heard from staff and parents was that they would like a leader that is approachable, a great communicator, collaborative, has a sense of humor, and who loves being at the elementary level.

Superintendent Cordie and her leadership team have given a great deal of thought as to how best to fill the position at Middleton Elementary - considering not only who to bring to the staff and students of Middleton as their next exceptional leader, but also examining more closely the needs of all schools in the District at this time.  In so doing, the District reflected on the strengths and experiences of all administrators currently leading in Sherwood’s schools.  Recognizing the wealth of talent and instructional leadership skills among them, Sherwood School District is excited to announce the following administrative role changes, which will take effect July 1, 2016:

Jon Wollmuth, Principal, Middleton Elementary School
Jon Wollmuth currently serves as Principal of Archer Glen Elementary, and will become Principal at Middleton Elementary.  

Mr. Wollmuth began his career in education at Hazelbrook Middle School in Tigard-Tualatin School District, teaching 6th grade Language Arts and Social Studies from 1996-2000.  He then traveled internationally to teach 6th and 8th grade Language Arts from 2000-2005 at the International School of Zug in Baar, Switzerland.  Upon his return, from 2005-2009, Mr. Wollmuth was a 5th/6th grade blended classroom teacher at Bryant Elementary in Lake Oswego.  In 2009, Mr. Wollmuth was hired by Sherwood School District as Principal of Archer Glen Elementary, where he has remained until this year.

Mr. Wollmuth is a positive, collaborative instructional leader and has served multiple terms on the Superintendent's Cabinet and is a volunteer member of the District’s Emergency Preparedness Committee.  His demonstrated leadership and skill set will be a valuable asset to help carry on the work being done at Middleton Elementary.

Tim Smith, Principal, Archer Glen Elementary School
Tim Smith will be assigned as Principal of Archer Glen Elementary.  He joined Sherwood School District as Principal of Middleton Elementary in 2008, and later moved to Hopkins Elementary as Principal in 2011, where he has served in that role until the present year.

Mr. Smith started his teaching career in 1984 in the Tigard-Tualatin School District, where he taught grades 2-8 for nine years at Durham Elementary, Templeton Elementary, and Fowler Middle.  He then moved on to Lebanon Community School District in 1993, where he served as a Vice Principal at Lebanon Middle School for one year and as Principal at Queen Anne Elementary for three years.  From 1997-2008, Mr. Smith served as Principal of Periwinkle Elementary School in Greater Albany Public Schools, until his move to Sherwood in 2008.

Mr. Smith is a relationship-builder who values equity and integrity, and works to engage families as partners in the education process.  He was integral in the development of our District's Pre-K program at Hopkins Elementary.

Penny Salm, Principal, Hopkins Elementary School
Penny Salm has been with the Sherwood School District for 20 years, first hired as a classroom teacher at Sherwood Middle School in 1996.  After teaching at SMS and serving as instructional coach and school counselor, she joined Laurel Ridge Middle School staff as a teacher on special assignment (TOSA), later becoming Associate Principal in 2012.  Ms. Salm became Principal at LRMS in 2015, and will be transitioning to Hopkins Elementary School to serve as Principal.

Ms. Salm’s teaching career began at the elementary level, teaching 6th grade in Kentland, Indiana, from 1983-1986.  She then moved to Warsaw, Indiana, where she taught 5th grade for 10 years at Madison Elementary School, until her move to Sherwood.

Ms. Salm earned a Reading Endorsement from Concordia University, and brings with her strong instructional leadership and rich past experience at the elementary level.  She also has served as the middle level representative on the Superintendent’s Cabinet.

Brian Bailey, Principal, Laurel Ridge Middle School
Brian Bailey has served as Assistant Principal at Sherwood High School for five years, after joining the District in 2011, and will become Principal at Laurel Ridge Middle School.

Mr. Bailey began teaching in 2002 at West Linn High School in the West Linn-Wilsonville School District.  For three years he taught Health/PE, Leadership, U.S. History, and Special Education.  Upon becoming West Linn High’s Dean of Students/Transition Specialist, he turned his focus to 8th-to-9th grade transition, academic counseling, and student management from 2004-2009.

Mr. Bailey was Assistant Principal at South Salem High School in Salem-Keizer School District from 2009-2011, before joining Sherwood High School’s administrative team.

Mr. Bailey’s passion for student learning and supportive relationships with staff distinguish him as a true role model and leader.  He advocates for meaningful professional development opportunities for staff, and places students at the center of his decision-making.

Sherwood School District will take steps to involve its stakeholders in the process of identifying the best fit for the Sherwood High School Associate Principal position vacated by Brian Bailey.

Tianna Hubbenette,
Apr 20, 2016, 3:24 PM