Janay Cookson, who most recently worked as a Newberg High School assistant principal, has been hired as a half-time associate principal and a half-time teacher on special assignment at Laurel Ridge Middle School.
Cookson, who holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in sports medicine and physical education from Whitworth College in Spokane, Wash., as well as a master's degree in teaching from Pacific University, began her teaching career in Beaverton at Cedar Park Middle School.
"We are very happy to welcome Janay Cookson to the Titan family. She brings with her a passion for developing positive relationships and has a genuine desire to help others be their best," said Laurel Ridge Middle School Principal Brian Bailey.
Cookson has also worked at Athey Creek Middle School in West Linn. From 2012-2014, she worked as a K-12 instructional coach in the Reynolds School District, leading reading assessment implementation and participating on a number of district-wide committees.
"I am extremely excited and honored to be joining the administrators and staff in the Sherwood School District," said Cookson. "I look forward to getting to know the community, staff, students, and families at Laurel Ridge Middle School."
Superintendent Heather Cordie said she was pleased with having Cookson in the Sherwood School District as well.
"Throughout the recruitment process, Ms. Cookson's focus on equity and the importance of relationship-building were evident," said Cordie. "She will be a wonderful administrator for the Laurel Ridge community, as well as a great addition to our middle level leadership and the larger administrative team in our district."