Gail Vangorder. currently a staff member at the Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Education. became an assistant principal at the state's largest high school after serving as librarian to Yvonne Katz, former superintendent, and Linda Borquist, former associate superintendent, of Beaverton School District #48. She is now training future teachers after a career in an office in one school district.
On the same day that Vangorder disciplined me, Malcolm Dennis provided me with a recommendation.
Vangorder had been making my work in the media lab difficult since my first year, when she allowed the tech guy, a twenty-something high school grad named Mike Ali, and the librarian, Jennifer Jordan, to remove technology that I was teaching with from my classroom, some of it my personal equipment, without notifying me.
Without notifying the classroom teacher. That is the best description I can give of Gail Vangorder as a principal: She would trash five classes full of kids if she needed to prove a point to a "teacher."
She is evidence for why public high schools are so often dysfunctional. Completely unqualified administrators.
In this letter, I am being punished by Linda Borquist for missing a meeting held without my knowledge during the summer while I was driving my dying mother to Oregon. Note the presence of Tom Husted of the Beaverton Education Association, who attended this meeting on my behalf yet NEVER MADE ANY CONTACT WITH ME REGARDING IT.
Friday, November 12, 2004
Beaverton will replace Westview principal
A retiree fills the job temporarily after Malcolm Dennis unexpectedly resigns
by ANITHA REDDY
BEAVERTON -- Beaverton School District administrators will begin a search in January to replace Westview High School Principal Malcolm Dennis, who unexpectedly resigned late last month.
Gail VanGorder, a retired vice principal at the 2,300-student school, came out of retirement last week to serve as Dennis' temporary replacement.
With Dennis' departure, the Beaverton School District has first-year principals leading six of its seven high schools. Carl Mead, Sunset High School principal, is in his second year at the school.
Dennis, who cited health reasons when he left the school Oct. 27, could not be reached for comment.
Maureen Wheeler, a district spokeswoman, offered no specifics concerning his departure.
Students learned of Dennis' resignation from administrators at a special assembly Oct. 28.
VanGorder said Superintendent Jerry Colonna offered her the interim job on Oct. 27. VanGorder retired in July after nine years as vice principal at Westview, the state's second-largest high school.
VanGorder, who began at the school Nov. 3, said she was surprised and excited by the opportunity.
"I've always felt very close to the Westview community, so it's not hard for me to return there," she said.
She has been working hard to get to know the school's 25 new teachers and learn the faces of hundreds of freshmen.
A principal could be hired midyear, but contracts typically take effect July 1. Desirable candidates may not want to leave their jobs before the end of the school year, Wheeler said.
VanGorder said she hasn't ruled out staying on permanently.
"That's a possibility, but it's way too early for me to tell," she said. "I do know Mr. Colonna is committed to moving forward with a comprehensive search."
The 58-year-old educator began her career in the Beaverton district as a library aide at Meadow Park Middle School. She worked as a librarian at Beaverton schools for two decades before taking her first administrative position as a vice principal at Merlo High School in 1993, the year it opened.
She moved to Westview as a vice principal in 1995.
Anitha Reddy: 503-294-5954; firstname.lastname@example.org