Rosemont's assistant principal takes principal position at Wilsonville's Wood Middle School

SeversonThe new principal of Inza R. Wood Middle School hit the ground running immediately upon his return from a family vacation late last month.

“I rolled back in from Minnesota at 4 a.m., and I was interviewing at 8 a.m.,” Jim Severson said. “It’s been good.”

Severson recently was selected from a field of six candidates interviewed. A 13-member committee that included teachers, administrators, classified staff, parents and a student interviewed each candidate and provided feedback. Candidates also submitted written essays, interviewed with the superintendent’s team, passed a reference check and completed a video-taped observation and live feedback activity with a teacher.

He heads to Wood after two years at Rosemont Ridge, where he served as assistant principal.

“Rosemont was a great place to start in the district, in regards to being oriented to a district philosophy which is so centered on kids and adult learning and community. It’s exciting to see what that looks like,” he said.

Severson put down personal roots in West Linn and its schools. He and his wife Karen have four children at primary, middle and high schools here. Daughter Morgan, 16, will be a junior at West Linn High School this fall, where her brother Jaxon, 14, will join her as a freshman. Son Thor, 11, will enter Rosemont as a sixth-grader while Leif, 9, will be a fourth-grader at Trillium Creek Primary.

“Living in West Linn was just a great way to connect to the community. The idea for our family is, we believe in the systems, the schools, the community we’re a part of,” Severson said.

Proximity was one of the best side benefits to his job at Rosemont. Severson was able to walk across the street from his house to his office at the school. He’s not fazed by the prospect of a 20-minute commute to work at Wood, though, and doesn’t see the distance as any deterrent.

“I love being part of the community that I live in. We’ll do the same thing in Wilsonville,” he said.

Severson’s tenure at Rosemont was unique in that he was not only an administrator there but also a parent.

“Having been in the community, I feel connected not just to kids but to parents,” he said. “The Rosemont community and the kids are just an amazing community. I can’t wait to see them grow.”

The search is underway at the school district administrative building for Severson’s successor but as of press time, no decision had been reached.

By Kate Hoots
Education reporter
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