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New assistant principal at LOHS

Lakeridge social studies teacher Ryan Rosenau takes on admin role

ROSENAUA hiring committee has officially selected a new assistant principal for Lake Oswego High School.

Ryan Rosenau, currently a social studies teacher at Lakeridge High School, on July 1 will fill the position vacated by Travis Johnson. Johnson, at LOHS since summer 2013, announced in February that he would be leaving the district.

Hired to work at the Lake Oswego School District in his current position in 2003, Rosenau has been an educator for 16 years.

“I cannot state strongly enough what teaching at Lakeridge has meant to me,” Rosenau said. “Over the past 13 years, I have made many friends, grew as a professional and felt truly embraced as a member of the Lakeridge community. I will miss everyone.”

He previously worked at a high school in New York, but longed to return to Oregon, his home state. He holds a bachelor’s in history from Oregon State University, an administration leadership license from Portland State University, a master’s in history from West Virginia University and a master’s in education from Syracuse University, where he also was a Ph.D. candidate.

He was plucked from a hiring pool of 60 applicants, 12 of whom were screened for an interview, four who went on to stand before a hiring committee of administrators, teachers, support staff and parents, and two who made it to the final interview stage with top-level administrators including the district superintendent and assistant superintendent and incoming LOHS Principal Rollin Dickinson.

“When Rollin Dickinson called me to offer me the job, I was absolutely thrilled,” Rosenau said. “Lake Oswego High is an incredible school with a long tradition of excellence. I am both humbled and excited to begin this next phase of my career.”

Rosenau said he will miss serving as the Lakeridge Model United Nations adviser and treasurer of Oregon High School International Relations League, which manages the Oregon MUN program.

“I started the MUN program at Lakeridge 11 years ago and have had the privilege of watching it grow into something amazing,” he said. “I will miss sharing this incredible program with my students.”

Rosenau, who also volunteers with his daughter every Saturday morning at Clackamas Dog Shelter, said he has a strong sense of volunteerism and civic engagement. The 43-year-old lives in Oregon City and has three children with his wife Stacia: Spencer, 14; Jenna, 12; and Robin, (almost) 10.

A statement from the district says that Rosenau has a strong work ethic as well as demonstrated skills in communication and leadership.

“Ryan is known as a dedicated educator who cares deeply about creating the relationships, developing the systems, and providing the conditions and support for all students to have a profoundly meaningful education experience,” the statement says.

— Jillian Daley