Joyce Woods will take over at Durham, and Geno Bates is the sole finalist at Templeton

TIGARD - Joyce Woods has been named the new principal at Durham Elementary School, and Geno Bates is the sole finalist for the principal opening at Templeton Elementary.

'I'm really excited to recommend Joyce Woods as Durham's principal and to have Geno Bates as the finalist at Templeton,' said Superintendent Rob Saxton. 'Both have demonstrated exceptional ability as educators and will provide great leadership for the staffs, students and parents at their schools.'

Durham's new principal has been serving as the Tigard-Tualatin School District's associate director of student services since 2001.

Woods began her career in the Tigard-Tualatin School District in 1992 and has taught at both Metzger and Mary Woodward elementary schools.

She will take over from Jim Pierce, who is retiring at the end of June.

Before the Templeton principal selection is finalized, a team that includes district administrators and Templeton staff and parents will make a site visit to Nyssa Elementary School, where Bates has served as principal since 2001. The visit is scheduled for the week of April 2.

If Bates is chosen, he will replace Pat Thomason, who is retiring as principal at Templeton.

Selection of the two principals will conclude a process that began with 79 applicants who were screened down to six candidates for each position.

The field of six candidates was narrowed to three finalists for each school following interviews on March 12 and 13. Each school's three finalists then made presentations to school staff members on March 21.

Woods has been the Tigard-Tualatin associate director of student services from 2001 to the present and served as Teacher on Special Assignment for Mary Woodward curriculum and instruction from 1999 to 2001.

She was a teacher in the Talented and Gifted program at Mary Woodward and Metzger elementary schools from 1994 to 1999 and a Metzger Elementary learning specialist from 1992 to 1994.

Prior to that, Woods was a Keizer Elementary behavior resource teacher from 1990 to 1992 and a Hayesville Elementary teacher in Salem-Keizer from1980 to 1990.

She earned a bachelor's degree in 1980 from Oregon College of Education in Monmouth and a master's degree from Western Oregon State College (now University) in 1982. She earned her administrative credentials from Portland State University in 1994.

Bates has been principal of Nyssa Elementary School in the Nyssa School District since 2001 and was assistant principal at Parkridge Elementary in Nampa, Idaho, for the 2000-01 school year.

He was a middle school teacher in the Ontario School District in Oregon from 1992 to 2000 and an elementary and middle school teacher in Greater Albany Schools from 1987 to 1992.

He earned a bachelor's degree in 1987 from Western Oregon State College (now University) and a master's degree from Northwest Nazarene College in 2001.

He has been taking administrative courses at Lewis and Clark College since 2001.

A search is now on for a new principal at Hazelbrook Middle School, as Principal Ernie Brown will be taking over as the school district's human resources director due to the retirement of Randy Harvey.

The school district expects to name a new principal for Hazelbrook the week of April 23.

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