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District administrator tapped for statewide job

Karen Twain will lead initiative to bring full-day kindergarten to schools by 2015.


TwainKaren Twain, a Tigard-Tualatin School District administrator and former principal, will step down at the end of this month in order to lead the state’s implementation of full-day kindergarten.

Twain currently serves as the director of alternative programs for the school district, but announced on Tuesday that she would be leaving to lead Governor John Kitzhaber’s reading initiative — which calls for all students in the state to be able to read by the third grade — as well as work to implement free full-day kindergarten statewide, which is set to take effect in 2015.

Twain has been in Tigard-Tualatin for 28 years and has served in several capacities. She worekd as principal of Durham Elementary School, vice principal at Tualatin High School, a school councilor at Charles F. Tigard Elementary, Fowler Middle and Tigard High schools.

Twain served as principal of Metzger Elementary School between 2003 and 2010. During Twain’s tenure she implemented a free full-day kindergarten program at the school for all students and has chaired the state's legislative committee that recommended the full-day kindergarten law, which was passed by the legislature in 2011.

In a statement released by the district on Tuesday, Twain said the proudest moment was in her first job in the district back in the 1980s when she was hired as a learning specialist to implement the district’s first special education inclusion program at then-Fowler Junior High, now Fowler Middle School.

Twain will start her new position on Feb. 1.

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