Featured Stories

Other Pamplin Media Group sites


District picks two new administrators

Schools — Stafford Boyd will become director of secondary teaching and learning; Reed Langdon set to become principial at Dundee Elementary School


Newberg School District Superintendent Kym LeBlanc-Esparza announced at the April 8 board meeting that a couple of administrative roles have been filled by staff within the district, tabbing current Yellow School principal Stafford Boyd to direct secondary teaching and learning, and naming Reed Langdon as the next principal at Dundee Elementary.

Aligning with LeBlanc-Esparza’s move to shift the leadership structure at Newberg High School, Boyd’s official mantel will be director of title programs, professional development and secondary teaching and learning.

The new position combines duties from two vacant district roles — director of teaching and learning and a grants manager position. Boyd will manage the $800,000 federal budget and assume the responsibilities that had been done by various staff in the district, including professional development the rising need for curriculum support.

“We have considerable ground to make up for to train and support our staff to be well prepared for Common Core Standards and teaching students in the 21st century,” LeBlanc-Esparza said. “Stafford knows our district well and brings a skill set and systems thinking that is the right fit for this new role.”

Before taking over as Yellow School principal in 2011, Boyd served as social studies teacher and dean of students at Thornton High School, a 1,750-student school recognized by Colorado for high academic growth. He was later named assistant principal for curriculum and instruction, leading numerous district committees.

Although it will be a struggle to step back from the personal relationships he’s developed with students as a small school principal at NHS, those connections will serve him well.

“It’s been just been fabulous to work for the community and to serve the families and kids here,” Boyd said. “I think that’s going to be a big asset.”

Langdon has taught at Dundee since 2005 and will assume his first administrative role beginning July 1.

Beating out 62 initial applicants and two other finalists, Langdon excelled in the interview process and was a favorite among parents and staff at the recent candidates’ forum.

After majoring in communications at Linfield College, Langdon earned his master’s degree in teaching from Willamette University and taught for two years at Mountain View Middle School.

Langdon earned his administrative certification at George Fox University in 2009 and his patience pursuing positions paid off as his ideal role became available this spring.

“Every time I go to look at opportunities, there’s always a feeling that I’d have to leave Newberg and leave Dundee,” Langdon said. “So to do it in the district and stay at the school and community is just the best opportunity possible.”

Langdon will succeed Lesley Carsley.

“Lesley is such an incredible administrator,” Langdon said. “I’ve already learned a lot from her and will learn even more the next two to three months. It’s a tremendous opportunity and I’m really lucky to have it.”

At Dundee, Langdon was been involved in the crafting of the school improvement plan and in establishing a positive behavioral intervention system.

His goal in starting his new position will be to implement tools for 21st century learning, increasing technology in the classroom, fostering creativity and collaboration in classrooms while preparing students for the challenges of middle school.

“It’s just such an amazing place,” he said. “The folks in Dundee are so supportive of their school. It has that community feel that not all schools have.”



Local Weather

Fair

65°F

Newberg

Fair

Humidity: 65%

Wind: 3 mph

  • 2 Sep 2014

    Sunny 78°F 52°F

  • 3 Sep 2014

    Mostly Sunny 76°F 54°F