Beginning next month, Bill Blevins will become principal of Estacada High School.
He succeeds Ryan Carpenter, who was hired as interim superintendent of the Estacada School District.
For the past four years, Blevins has served as principal at Sherman County School in the north-central Oregon town of Moro, where he also coached football and boys' basketball. Prior to that, he taught business and technology classes at David Douglas and Sisters high schools.
Blevins said although he earned his bachelor's degree from Pacific University in business, "in the back of my mind, (teaching) was always a calling.
"So many educators and coaches had such a great, positive influence on my life growing up," he added.
Because of this, he later returned to school and earned a master's degree in education from Walden University and an initial administrative license with a focus on integrating technology into the curriculum from Concordia University.
Prior to becoming an administrator, Blevins' favorite class to teach was personal finance.
"It's so important and gives students the tools to become successful adults," he said. "I enjoyed imparting that knowledge."
Although Sherman County School encompasses grades kindergarten through 12 and is much smaller in size than Estacada High School, Blevins noted that both have a strong sense of community.
"Estacada is bigger, but it's still a small, tight-knit community," he said.
In his current position, he appreciates the sense of community and working with students.
"Interacting with students is the most enjoyable part of my day," he said. "Even as an administrator, I've made a point to coach and teach classes. It keeps you grounded."
He added that he's eager to get to know the Estacada community.
"I'm excited to meet all of the staff and introduce myself to the students," he said. "(I want to) find out what they're about, and let them find out what I'm about."
While leading Estacada High School, Blevins hopes to allow students to feel confident with their next steps after graduation.
"I want to have graduates move onto something they feel successful with, whether that's a four-year college, community college or training program," he said.