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District selects interim super

Teresa Baldwin has extensive education background
by: Contributed photo Teresa Baldwin

Teresa Baldwin, superintendent of the Washougal School District in Washington the past five years, will be Centennial School District's interim superintendent as of July 1.

Centennial board members announced the hiring of the one-year interim on June 22. She replaces Steve Rector, who will resign June 30 for health reasons.

District Spokeswoman Wendy Reif said the district decided to hire an interim superintendent because Rector's resignation came late in the year and the district needed 'a superintendent on board as soon as possible.

'There really wasn't the lead-up time necessary to do a full-scale search,' she added, noting the board intends to start the search for a permanent superintendent in late fall.

Baldwin has an extensive background in curriculum. She served as assistant superintendent for a year before becoming Washougal's superintendent in 2006. She is retiring from that post at the end of this month.

Her previous experience includes five years with the Evergreen School District in Vancouver as the director of elementary and secondary education.

She has also worked as a reading specialist, assistant high school principals and as an assistant principal and principal at the elementary level.

Baldwin also has served as director of technical assistance for education reform in Washington's Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

'Teresa brings a lot of energy and instructional knowledge that will provide momentum for Centennial's commitment to ensuring every student aims for and succeeds in reaching high levels of achievement,' said Centennial Board Chairwoman Shar Giard. 'She has worked in both large and small districts and is experienced in dealing with challenging budgets.'