New Principal for 2016-2017
Dear Rieke Community,
I am pleased to announce that Sarah Lewins, currently Principal at Roseway Heights K-8 School, will become Rieke’s principal July 1, succeeding Principal Rebecca Torres.
Ms. Lewins brings deep teaching and leadership experience in best practices and effective curriculum and instructional strategies serving a wide range of student learning needs. She began her education career in Gaston, Ore. in 1990 as a Special Education and elementary school teacher before becoming first a teacher on special assignment and then a director overseeing the Talented and Gifted Program,
Special Education and Title I federal anti-poverty programs.
PPS brought Ms. Lewins to the district in 1998 as an assistant supervisor and then a supervisor of Special Education programs serving Cleveland, Franklin, Grant, Lincoln and Wilson cluster schools over the course of five years. In 2003, she became Principal at Edwards Elementary (closed in 2006 in Southeast Portland) and then Markham Elementary in Southwest. For the last five years, she has led Roseway Heights K-8 School in Northeast.
Ms. Lewins is especially proud of the strides that she and her teacher and staff team made in creating inclusive opportunities for all students. Under her leadership, Roseway Heights has become a model for inclusion practices. She also fostered an arts and enrichment program, including music, art, technology, Right Brain Initiative and a strong SUN Schools partnership, as well as the first Vietnamese Dual Language Immersion program in the state and a partnership with Concordia University and Lewis & Clark College to bring in student teachers.
Ms. Lewins is a relationship-based leader. She is looking forward to bringing to Rieke her practices of knowing every student by name, connecting with and engaging all families and forming a strong partnership with the staff to support and celebrate the school’s strong community. She is also an avid outdoorswoman – including mountain climbing – and is excited about Rieke’s focus on sustainability and viewing the outdoors as an extension of the classroom.
Please come meet Ms. Lewins at an open house on Monday, May 9 at 6:30 pm in the Rieke Cafeteria. She will also attend end-of-year events as her schedule at Roseway Heights allows.
Please join me in welcoming Ms. Lewins and in thanking Principal Torres for her service.
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