TUALATIN - The Tigard-Tualatin School District has named Rick Fraisse as the new principal of Byrom Elementary School.

Fraisse is currently the principal at Alder Elementary School in the Reynolds School District. He will officially take on his new position at Byrom on July 1. He replaces Rick Patrick who will become principal of Twality Middle School in Tigard.

At Alder Elementary, Fraisse has led a 544-student school with an enrollment ranked as having the second lowest socioeconomic status in Oregon. More than 70 percent of students at Alder are English Language Learners who speak 23 different languages.

But even with the challenging demographics, Alder Elementary has met the Adequate Yearly Progress in all subject areas and in all sub-categories and has received a 'strong' rating on the Oregon Report Card.

Fraisse is described as an exceptional leader who provides the structure, expectations and support students need to be successful. Colleagues said that he fosters leadership in others and embraces new challenges.

Fraisse has served as principal of Alder Elementary since 1997 and was assistant principal at Lee Middle School between 1995 and 1997. Between 1990 and 1995, he was an elementary school teacher and department chairman in the Lake Oswego School District.

He taught grades fourth through sixth in the Freshwater School District in California between 1982 and 1990 and sixth grade in the Roseburg School District between 1978 and 1982.

Fraisse earned his bachelor's degree in liberal arts with a kindergarten through eighth-grade teaching credential in 1978 from Humboldt State University in California. In 1987, he earned his administrative services credential, and in 1992 he earned his master's degree from Humboldt State.

He earned his basic administrative license in 1994, his standard administrative license in 2000 and his superintendent's license in 2002 - all from Lewis and Clark College.

Fraisse and his wife live in Tualatin. Fraisse has two sons who graduated from Tualatin High.

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