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Interim principal named at Metzger Elementary

Metzger Elementary School will have a new principal when students arrive this fall.

John Horn, the former principal at Byrom Elementary School in the 1990s, will take the helm at the school on a one-year interim basis.

Horn replaces Lawrence Gillespie, a newcomer who came to the district last year. Gillespie is leaving the school to become the district’s Drop-out Prevention Coordinator; the position focuses on keeping at-risk students from dropping out.

Horn was principal at Byrom from 1994 to 2001 before moving to Portland Public Schools

Metzger launched a Spanish immersion program in 2012, offering some of its classes in Spanish. The program — which has also been unveiled at Bridgeport Elementary — is meant to help Latino students perform better in school, as well as help English-speaking students by teaching them a second language from an early age.

Horn has experience working with dual-language schools. He oversaw the Spanish immersion program at Lent School for four years.

Horn is no stranger to Tigard-Tualatin, having served in several roles. He began his career in the district in 1983 as an orchestra teacher, then became an administrative assistant at then-Twality Junior High School in 1990. He was named associate principal at Tualatin High in 1992 and served as principal at Byrom from 1994 to 2001.

A search for a permanent principal at Metzger will begin during the school year, the district said on its website. A new principal likely won’t be in place until next summer.

In Portland, Horn worked as principal at Kelly Elementary School for five years. He also worked as area director of the Franklin-Cleveland cluster and was director of leadership development and school improvement.

In other Metzger Elementary-related news, the Tigard-Tualatin School Board is considering changing a corner of the school's boundaries.


By Geoff Pursinger
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