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Woodburn principal to take reins at Metzger Elementary in Tigard

Todd Farris named newest principal in Tigard-Tualatin School District

FILE PHOTO - Todd Farris has been principl at Nellie Muir Elementary since 2013. This June, he'll take over as principal at Metzger Elementary School in the Tigard-Tualatin School DistrictFor the third time in the last three years, Metzger Elementary School will have a new principal.

Todd Farris, a longtime teacher and principal in the Woodburn School District, will be moving north this summer, taking over the helm at one of Tigard-Tualatin’s most diverse elementary schools.

Metzger became the first school in the district to try out a dual-language immersion program in 2013, offering students the chance to take classes in Spanish as a way to boost language development and help shrink the achievement gap.

That’s old hat to Farris, who has spent the majority of his career in Woodburn. Farris speaks four languages, and taught science and math at French Prairie Middle School from 2003 to 2007. He was assistant principal at Lincoln until 2011 and served as associate principal at Lincoln and French Prairie in Woodburn for one year.

For the past three years, Farris has been principal at Nellie Muir Elementary School in Woodburn. Nellie Muir offers instruction in both English and Spanish and is an International Baccalaureate elementary school.

“Todd’s experience at Nellie Muir will help him continue the school-wide implementation of Metzger’s popular two-way immersion program,” the district said in an announcement on Monday. “His fluency in four languages — including Spanish — will also be a benefit at Metzger where families speak 17 different languages.”

Metzger’s top administrative job has been in flux for the past few years. After Principal Kraig Sproles left the district in 2014, the school has had new principals in each of the past two years, a trend that will continue next fall.

Principal Lawrence Gillespie, Jr. served at the school for a year before he was named the district’s Drop-Out Prevention Coordinator. Former Byrom Elementary School principal John Horn took over at the school as interim principal this year.

Farris takes over at Metzger on July 1.