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Jennifer Stackhouse leaves OPE, marking third principal in three years for Scappoose school

StackhouseThe principal of Otto Petersen Elementary School resigned from the Scappoose School District this week.

Jennifer Stackhouse, who joined the school district in 2018, resigned Monday, Feb. 25, citing personal reasons, according to a press release from the district.

Jen Angelo, the school's vice principal, was named acting principal.

"Jen Angelo will be serving as the acting Principal of Otto Petersen Elementary. Dr. Stackhouse has tendered her resignation, effective immediately, for personal reasons," the release stated in part. "Jen Angelo's years of teaching and consistent record of leadership at OPE give her a strong foundation to continue building a positive climate and culture where all students and staff feel valued and supported."

Angelo is expected to remain in the role until the end of the school year. The press release noted the district will determine next steps for a permanent principal this spring. Until then, Angelo is working with the district on a transition plan.

Otto Petersen has been under the leadership of three different administrators since 2017. Former Principal Whitney Hessong served from 2014 to 2017 before she transferred to the district office as director of special programs. In the 2017-18 school year, Matthew Wilding, who was hired to fill the principal role, resigned at the end of 2018.

Stackhouse previously worked with the Gresham-Barlow School District as a response to intervention coordinator for four years, and taught elementary school classes for 10 years in the Beaverton and the David Douglas school districts.

While the Scappoose School District announced Stackhouse's departure this week, several parents anonymously expressed concern to the Spotlight earlier this month when Stackhouse had not been seen at the school recently, with the parents noting neither staff at the school nor the district provided them with information about the situation.

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