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New director hired for ACE Academy

Mike Bryant a former 'Teacher of the Year'

The board of directors for the Oregon Building Congress Academy for Architecture, Construction, and Engineering has selected Mike Bryant the academy's next director.

Bryant replaces Mike Taylor, who retired at the end of the 2010-11 school year.

Bryant has taught career and technical education for more than a decade and has taught construction and business/computer applications at the high school level.

From 2008 to 2011, Bryant taught at Myrtle Point Junior/Senior High School in Oregon. He has also taught in Coos Bay and was a computer aided drafting instructor at Umpqua Community College in Winchester.

'Mike Bryant brings to the director position the perfect mix of dedication, unlimited enthusiasm and a love for teaching young people,' said ACE Academy Board President Dale Campbell. 'His strong career and technical education background will allow him to hit the ground running.'

In addition to his work in education, Bryant has managed his own construction company and holds a general contractor license from the state of Oregon.

Bryant holds a bachelor's degree in vocational technology education from the University of Northern Arizona. He earned his master's degree in educational leadership from Lewis and Clark College.

The Association of Technology Educators of Oregon named him Teacher of the Year in 2009.

'Bryant joins a talented staff at ACE Academy,' said Gresham-Barlow School District Superintendent Jim Schlachter, who also serves on the academy's board of directors. 'I am confident his leadership will take the school to the next level as it continues to grow and mature.'

ACE Academy, 4222 N.E. 158th Ave., is a tuition-free charter high school sponsored by the Oregon Building Congress in partnership with Centennial, Gresham-Barlow, Parkrose and Reynolds school districts.

ACE opened in the fall of 2008 for high school juniors and seniors and offers a math, science, English, and technical skills curriculum in the design-build industry.