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ELIZABETH USSHER GROFF - Seth Johnson, who was appointed Principal of Woodstock School only in mid-August, was already living with his family in the neighborhood, and had been for the past three years.When Seth Johnson and his young family moved to the Woodstock neighborhood three years ago, to a home just a few blocks from Woodstock School, he had no idea he would someday become Principal of this distinguished neighborhood elementary school. But that is exactly what came to pass in mid-August of this year.


Of the coincidence of getting a job so near to his home, Johnson says, “We moved here three years ago because we knew Woodstock Elementary was a great school.” Johnson and his wife have one son in the regular neighborhood program, and one starting in the Mandarin program this year. “As a member of this community, I’ve always been excited about what’s happening here,” he says.

Johnson began his career as an educator in the Estacada School District in 2001, where he taught language arts at the high school level, then alternative studies at the middle school level. He eventually became coordinator of the Estacada alternative program, then Assistant Principal at an Estacada elementary school. One year later he was Principal at that school.

Johnson grew up in Madras, where he attended elementary and high school. He later coached soccer at Madras High School, and basketball in Estacada. Both his parents are educators.

He says he thinks growing up in a diverse community – with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, and the Hispanic population that was in the Madras area for agricultural work – has prepared him to communicate across cultural and socio-economic differences. He is looking forward to working with the Woodstock Community and its dual-language immersion program.

Johnson replaces T. J. Fuller, who spent two years heading Woodstock Elementary, and is now Principal at Rigler Elementary School in Northeast Portland.

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