by: COURTESY OF PORTLAND PUBLIC SCHOOLS - Sellwood Middle Schools new Principal, Brian Anderson, is at left; the new Principal of Grout Elementary School, Annie Tabshy, is at right. New Principals have been selected for leadership roles at Grout Elementary School on Holgate Boulevard and Sellwood Middle School on S.E. Umatilla Street. Grout Principal Susan McElroy has retired as of the end of the school year this month, and is being replaced with Annie Tabshy, previously the Principal at Maplewood Elementry School – and a veteran of 22 years in Portland Public Schools.

Sellwood Principal Charlene Russell is also retiring this summer, and administrator Brian Anderson has been chosen to replace her.

Both appointees tell THE BEE they are eager to take the helm, and learn about their new schools’ culture and educational focus.

New Grout Pricipal Annie Tabshy has been a classroom teacher at both Rigler and Boise-Eliot Schools, and previously worked with Susan McElroy in the Nike Summer Academy project for students heading to first and second grade. At Boise-Eliot she also served as the Title I reading teacher for K-3 students, and as a reading coach.

In addition, Tashby was also a literacy TOSA (Teacher On Special Assignment) at the District level. In her administrative roles, Ms. Tabshy was Assistant Principal at Beverly Cleary K-8 School for three years, and Principal at Maplewood Elementary for three years.

She says she is excited to move to Grout School where she loves “the warm feeling you get when you walk through the front doors”. Literacy has been a strong focus throughout her career, and Grout students should enjoy a strong focus on reading and writing skills.

Sellwood Middle School’s new Principal, Brian Anderson, was introduced to the community at an informal coffee event at the school on June 3. Outgoing Principal Charlene Russell has enjoyed the support and encouragement she received there for the past four years, and said, “The kids here are just fantastic, and the teaching staff is incredible. It’s been an honor and a privilege to lead S.M.S., and I will miss it more than I can say.”

Anderson brings with him an impressive career in collaborative leadership. Prior to his educational career, he spent twenty years as a mediation and arbitration manager. At Portland Public Schools, he brings broad experience as a teacher in general and in Special Education, as well as leadership as a curriculum specialist in literacy. He taught at Kelly and Scott Elementary schools – and Beaumont Middle School, where he led a Special Education behavior classroom. He served three years as Assistant Principal at Mt. Tabor Middle School, and five years leading Buckman.

Anderson helped refine Buckman’s arts focus, and worked to develop opportunities for staff in both academics and the arts. “I have seen miracles happen when a student connects to the arts, and it has been a life-changing experience for me,” he says. “I’m excited to bring a passion for learning and leading to Sellwood Middle School, and I plan to focus on equity and appreciation of the arts here.”

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