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Oregon Episcopal School installs new head of school

by: Submitted photo New Head of School Mo Copeland receive gifts from students as her husband, Chris, at the lectern, and Oregon Bishop Michael Hanley looks on at her installation ceremony Oct. 7 at Oregon Episcopal School.

Mo Copeland has officially become head of Oregon Episcopal School, which provides a college-preparatory curriculum for students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

The Rev. Michael Hanley, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon, gave his blessing to Copeland as he installed her as head of OES in an Oct. 7 ceremony at the school in Raleigh Hills.

More than 1,000 spectators - including students, faculty, staff and parents - packed the gymnasium at the school for the ceremony, which included vocal and instrumental music, prayer, biblical readings and speeches by Mo and her husband, Chris Copeland.

Before joining the team at OES in July, Copeland spent 11 years as head of Saint George's, a K-12 school in Spokane, Wash. She also served as an administrator and physics teacher for 11 years in Seattle.

Copeland said she is excited by the school's inquiry-based academic program in both the humanities and sciences that has helped students achieve national recognition and acceptance to top colleges and universities nationwide. She also is looking forward to working with students in the residential program, which attracts high school students from more than a dozen countries and enhances the global nature of the curriculum.