North Clackamas Christian School in Oregon City this month announced the appointment of Dacia Hanson as its next school administrator.

by: NCCS - HansonAs an experienced teacher and administrator, Hanson promises to continue the K-12 school leadership’s passion for excellence in education. With a doctorate in education from George Fox University, Happy Valley resident Hanson has 12 years of teaching experience, from elementary grades to the university level, across a diverse range of demographics.

Previous NCCS Principal Julie Phipps died Sept. 18 after a long battle with cancer. During her tenure, she boosted enrollment from 174 in 2010 to 252 in 2013. Many more families from across Clackamas County, including a large number from the Canby and Molalla areas, have joined the school.

Wayne Lindsey, an NCCS academic adviser who also teaches math and theater, has been acting as interim principal since the start of the last school year while Phipps was on sick leave.

Hanson has experience in curriculum development, especially for literacy, science, social studies, math, language arts and integrating technology into the instructional environment. She was a sixth-grade teacher in the David Douglas School District between 1999 and 2006. For the following three years, she became director of instruction for the Molalla River School District, administering the district’s state testing procedures and acting as an instructional coach.

She also holds a master’s degree in education and a bachelor’s in music from Portland State University, and developed a K-12 after-school strings program while she worked for the North Clackamas School District between 1993 and ‘99. Her 2009 dissertation studied principals’ perceptions about the use of a teacher-effectiveness interview protocol to interview and hire teacher candidates. One of her specialties is staff hiring, mentoring and development. Especially in regard to recruiting new teachers, NCCS board members are looking forward to her skills advancing the academic strength and breadth of the school.

“After the unexpected death of our previous administrator Julie Phipps, we are excited to have someone with Dr. Hanson’s experience level and vision for excellence in education as head of our school” said Myron Frerichs, NCCS board chairman and head of the search committee. “We feel Dr. Hanson will help us build an even more incredible school that emphasizes the Christian world view while preparing our children for anything that they want to do in life.”

Established in 1973 to emphasize faith, family and foundation as its core values, NCCS is located at 19575 Sebastian Way, across Highway 213 from Clackamas Community College. NCCS office staff, who are currently accepting enrollment applications for the 2014-2015 school year, can be reached at 503-655-5961.

Families interested meeting Hanson and finding out more about NCCS are invited to attend a barbecue meet-and-greet from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, July 14, at the school.

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