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(Salem, Ore.) The Oregon Association of School Executives (OASE) and the Coalition of Oregon School Administrators (COSA) have named Dr. Sara Johnson, Superintendent at Crook County School District, (CCSD), the 2023 Oregon Superintendent of the Year. This award automatically places Johnson in the running for National Superintendent of the Year awarded by the American Association of School Administrators.

COSA is adding two new staff members to its professional team for the 2022-23 school year.

Shelly Reggiani, who currently serves as Director of Equity, Community Engagement and Communications in the North Clackamas School District, has been selected as COSA’s new Senior Director of Learning, Equity and Communications.  Carmen Gelman, currently Principal at Milwaukie High School and Milwaukie Academy of the Arts, has been selected as COSA’s new Director of Professional Learning.  Gelman and Reggiani will begin work at COSA on July 1.

SALEM, Ore. – Charlie Jett, Principal of Two Rivers Dos Rios Elementary School in the Springfield School District, has been named Oregon’s 2022 National Distinguished Principal, also known as Oregon Elementary Principal of the Year.  Jett was selected by his peers in the Oregon Elementary School Principals Association (OESPA).

SALEM, Ore. – Michelle Jonas, Principal of Crook County High School (CCHS) in Prineville, has been named the 2022 Oregon High School Principal of the Year.  Jonas was selected by her peers in the Oregon Association of Secondary School Administrators (OASSA).

COSA members elected LaShawanta Spears, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the David Douglas School District, as COSA President-Elect for 2022-23, during balloting conducted last month.  Spears will serve as COSA President in the 2023-24 school year, succeeding Cascade Superintendent Darin Drill, who will serve as COSA President in 2022-23.  

Other members elected to serve in key COSA leadership roles beginning July 1 are:

*Sue Rieke-Smith, Tigard-Tualatin SD

SALEM, Ore. – Ashland Middle School Assistant Principal Katherine Holden has been named as the 2022 National Assistant Principal of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Administrators (NASSP).  The announcement was made during a nationwide webinar this evening.  Holden is the first Oregon administrator to win this award.

A groundbreaking new study on the barriers facing Oregon’s superintendents of color and possible solutions was made public Thursday.

The study, “Exploring the Lived Experiences of Superintendents of Color in Oregon,” was written by researchers and educational practitioners Dr. Tanisha Tate Woodson, Dr. Destiny McLennan and Dr. Karen Perez of Education Northwest. It was commissioned and funded by the Coalition of Oregon School Administrators, the Oregon School Boards Association and the Oregon Department of Education.


SALEM – A new report names hiring bias and retention as two primary reasons that Oregon lost more than half of its female superintendents last year. The study – “Just Not Ready For A Female: An Examination of the Inequities in Oregon’s Superintendency” – was produced by the Coalition of Oregon School Administrators, the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Commission for Women.

SALEM, Ore. – Katherine Holden, Assistant Principal of Ashland Middle School, has been named the 2022 Oregon Assistant Principal of the Year.  Holden was selected by her peers in the Oregon Association of Secondary School Administrators (OASSA), and is now one of 50 finalists for the National Assistant Principal of the Year award.

My name is Raymond Arias and I am the new COSA Legislative Intern for the fall.

I am from Tualatin, Oregon where I recently graduated from Tualatin High School in June. I’m currently on a gap year from my collegiate education and hope to spend this hiatus away from school engaging in non-profit and activism-based work. When in college, I plan to major in economics on a pre-law track. In the meantime, however, I look forward to working with Parasa Chanramy, COSA's Legislative Director, and gaining more professional experience in the policy-making sphere. 


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