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Korinna Wolfe named interim Education Options leader

November 29, 2012
PPS announces that Korinna Wolfe has accepted the position of interim director of Education Options for the 2012-13 school year.

Education Options provides alternative education settings that empower, engage and prepare students for college, work and citizenship and are tailored to the needs of specific student populations. Offerings range from alternative high schools to charter schools. The Education Options department includes services for parenting teens, students seeking drug and alcohol treatment, students who need to reconnect to school and more.

Wolfe served in the Education Options department as the program director of Teen Parent Services since 2008. Among seniors who received child care services from PPS, 93 percent graduated in 2012 and 100 percent in 2011. 

Wolfe earned a bachelor’s degree from Southern Oregon State College, and her master’s degree in Social Work and her administrator’s license from Portland State University.

As a social worker at The Casey Family Program from 1993-2003, she worked with children and families as well as collaborating for systems change at the local, state and national level. 

Recognizing the lack of services for Native American children in foster care, Wolfe leveraged national non-profit dollars to create a partnership which launched the Foster Care Program at the Native American Youth and Family Center in 2002.  At NAYA from 2003-2007 as the Youth Wellness Manager, Wolfe developed and directed six programs and two on-site mental health partnerships.  In 2007, Wolfe participated in the planning and development of the NAYA Early College Academy.

She has served as an adjunct professor at Portland State University in the Graduate School of Social Work teaching course work on “Working in the Native American Community.” 

"We are pleased to welcome Korinna’s leadership in this role," said Chief Academic Officer Sue Ann Higgens.

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