Lakeridge High shuffle: Lake Oswego School District promotes Schiele, Fisher
Lakeridge High School Principal Jennifer Schiele has been promoted to interim assistant superintendent and Desiree Fisher, a Pacer assistant principal, has been named to take Schiele's place for the 2018-19 school year.
Michael Musick, the Lake Oswego School District's incoming interim superintendent, announced the internal shuffles Friday. All come in the wake of Superintendent Heather Beck's decision earlier this year to leave the district for a new job in Singapore.
The LOSD is also awaiting the arrival of two new executive directors: Molalla Elementary School Principal Frank Luzich, who will be responsible for elementary programs; and Hillsboro High School Principal Lou Bailey, who will oversee secondary programs.
All of the administrators will start their new jobs on July 1. School officials said the "interim" label in front of the latest promotions is designed to give the district flexibility as it searches for a permanent superintendent, who is expected to be on board for the 2019-20 school year.
"I am excited to promote Jennifer," Musick said Friday in announcing Schiele's promotion. "Her work at Lakeridge High School exemplifies the district's vision of 'all means all.' The increase in her school's graduation rate, the reduction in Ds/Fs and the increase in the number of students taking AP courses are the reflection of a leader who motivates her staff to reach absolutely every student."
Schiele has been principal at Lakeridge since 2012. She joined the district in 2003 as a Waluga Junior High School counselor and was promoted to vice principal at Waluga the following year. In 2005, she moved to the assistant principal position at Lakeridge High before going back to Waluga as principal from 2008-2011.
Before joining LOSD, Schiele was a school guidance counselor for Ladue School District in Ladue, Mo., for two years. She began her career as a guidance counselor and math teacher for the Kansas City School district in 1997.
Schiele holds a doctorate in Education Leadership & Administration from Lewis & Clark College, a master's of science degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kansas and a bachelor of science degree in Education from Iowa State University.
In her new role, she will be responsible for curriculum and instructional program development, technology and oversight of the district's strategic plan. She replaces outgoing Assistant Superintendent Joe Morelock, who was named interim superintendent of Newberg Public Schools last week.
"It is with mixed emotions I leave Lakeridge. It has been my home, and the people here have been my family for many years," Schiele said Friday. "With that said, I'm truly excited to continue the next chapter in my LOSD story as the assistant superintendent. My relationships and partnerships with faculty, staff, students, families and the community have been extremely important through my years, and I'm eager to get the chance to continue focusing on teaching, learning, equity, diversity and community development on a broader level while maintaining and strengthening those relationships."
Fisher joined the LOSD in 2004. She has been an assistant principal in the district since 2012, serving for the past two years at Lakeridge High.
"Desiree is a tireless advocate for students," Schiele said. "She has been part of the team that helped us move our graduation rate from 88 percent to 95 percent in three years. It takes a laser focus on supporting students while challenging them in order to accomplish something like that. She will continue our work to engage every student in order to help them meet and exceed their potential."
Fisher has served as a teacher, school counselor and dean of students. She received her bachelor's in English from the University of Colorado, master's in middle-level education from Walden University and an educational specialist degree in administrative leadership from George Fox University.
"I am looking forward to this new chapter in my life. Being a part of the Pacer Family means we all find a way to contribute to excellence, and I work every day to support students and to find ways for each of them to thrive," Fisher said. "I am so proud of our students, their dedicated families and our amazing staff here at Lakeridge, and I am honored to be on this journey with them."