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Lakeridge hires new assistant principal

The Lake Oswego School District announced this week the appointment of Eryn Bagby as the new assistant principal of Lakeridge High School, effective July 1.   Bagby will fill the vacancy left by current assistant principal Jennifer Schiele, who will become the new principal of Waluga Junior High School following the retirement of Steve Sherell.

Bagby brings a diversity of experience at the high school level to her new position. Originally from Beaverton, she has been a teacher at high schools in Ocala, Florida and Brooklyn, New York, where she taught Honors English and leadership, and served as the coordinator of student activities. 

Following a pregnancy, Bagby and her husband decided to move the family back to Oregon to be closer to family and enjoy a slower paced life.

Bagby holds a Master's degree from Columbia University, and following her relocation to the Portland area, has spent the past year completing her administrative practicum as a member of the administrative team at Lincoln High School.

Eryn Bagby comes to Lakeridge with the highest recommendations from her past supervisors, who have called her a 'must-hire administrative candidate,' and who have all noted her intelligence, her collaborative working style, and the mutual respect that is evident in the positive relationships she builds with staff, students, and parents. Her energy and insight made her the unanimous choice of the district's interviewing committee, which was pleased to have found a candidate with the qualities and skill set that will complement the strong administrative team at Lakeridge.

According to principal Michael Lehman, 'Eryn Bagby is the perfect match for our Lakeridge assistant principal position. She is passionately committed to the potential and success of all students, and she is excited by the prospect of being a member of a service-oriented leadership team. We look forward to introducing her to the Lakeridge community.'

At Lakeridge, her role is to focus on curriculum, from special education to the Talented and Gifted program, as well as working with counseling and teachers' professional development.

'As part of my own agenda, I focus highly on collaboration as a teacher and interdisciplinary study. I would like to bring that to the team,' said Bagby. 'I want to give teachers the opportunity to get into each others' classrooms. Those things have really helped me as a teacher.'

The announcement follows recent district news that current Waluga principal Steve Sherrell is retiring in June after 31 years with the district.

Schiele, who is taking his place, looks forward to her return to Waluga, where she plans to reconnect with old colleagues and get to know staff, students and parents.

'When this opportunity showed itself, I was really excited about rekindling those relationships and working with that age group,' Shiele said. 'I really did enjoy the high school… but the energy level of the kids down there is really second to none. I find it exciting and challenging.'

Schiele, who joined the district as a counselor at Waluga in 2003, will finish out the year with a senior class who followed her from Waluga to Lakeridge. She has occupied both the vice principal and assistant principal positions at Lakeridge.

- Rebecca Mayer