Portland Schools Superintendent Carole Smith announced a number of new principals effective on July 1. Among those who moved to new responsibilities:
Macarre Traynham, the former principal at Metropolitan Learning Center, will become Beaumont Middle School’s new principal, succeeding Liz Casson-Taylor who retired. Traynham came to Portland Public Schools in 2004 from California after teaching high school math first in Moreno Valley and then in Long Beach. In addition to teaching, she chaired a math department and served as team leader.
Kris Meyer, who was assistant principal at Ainsworth Elementary School, became that school’s principal, replacing Tammy O’Neill, who was appointed principal of Cleveland High School. Meyer has 20 years of experience in Portland Public Schools, teaching at Beach School for nine years before participating in a Fulbright Teacher Exchange in Northern Ireland and returning to Beach to become the school’s instructional specialist. When Beach grew to include the middle school grades, Meyer became the school’s assistant principal.
Cate Boyce is now Beach School’s principal, succeeding Principal Mary Patterson. Boyce, with 24 years of teaching and instructional leadership experience focusing on math and science, teacher development/curriculum and equity-based school community building, became an assistant principal in 2008, and, in 2010, principal at East/West Sylvan Middle School, home of the district’s oldest Spanish immersion program.
Thu Truong, last year’s principal at Stephenson Elementary, is now principal at Scott School, succeeding Interim Principal James Brannon. Truong, a product of Portland Public Schools, started at Sellwood Middle School and then Cleveland High School. She was a student teacher at Tubman Middle School and then taught in Gresham from 2003 to 2008, becoming assistant principal at Vestal Elementary School. She has been principal at Stephenson Elementary School since 2010.
T.J. Fuller, who was principal at Woodstock Elementary School and a former assistant principal at Rigler, is Rigler’s new principal, following Judy Scott who served as interim principal. Fuller started his teaching career in Atlanta, Georgia, as a Teach for America Corps member, learning how to work with a wide variety of students from various backgrounds, races, cultures and ethnicities.
Sabrina Flamoe moved from assistant principal at Laurelhurst Elementary School to become Laurelhurst’s new principal July 1. She succeeded Karen Pinder, who retired after teaching and administering for more than three decades. Flamoe earned her Master’s in Teaching at the University of Puget Sound and her administrative certificate from Portland State University. She began her career as a social worker before deciding that teaching would best allow her to develop relationships with families and change students’ lives.