A Portland language arts, social studies and science teacher is stepping up as an administrator in Gladstone.
The Gladstone School District has hired Jeffrey Waters, currently a climate coach at K-8 Boise-Eliot/Humboldt, as the new assistant principal of Kraxberger Middle School. This year, Waters received his administrative license from Portland State University and completed Portland Public Schools' Aspiring Administrators Program.
"Jeff's experience with middle-level students coupled with his deep work to understand and empower families and communities, make him a perfect match for Kraxberger," said Gladstone Superintendent Bob Stewart. "I am thrilled to welcome Jeff Waters to Gladstone."
While receiving his master's degree in teaching from Pacific University, Waters began his career in 2011 at George Middle School in North Portland, where he taught world studies to seventh-graders. He also has served as a substitute school administrator at Boise.
Waters brings unique skills in restorative-justice practices designed to decrease racial disproportionality in school discipline data.
"Jeff has a strong practice of improving school climate through empowering student voices and effective use of data," said Kraxberger Principal Len Reed. "He is capable of designing, teaching and implementing systems schoolwide."
Waters replaces Lori Buchanan, who will become the assistant principal at John Wetten Elementary next fall.