Farewell to retiring GSE faculty members

Petti, Murray, Young, Miars

Petti, Murray, Young, Miars

A celebration to honor the GSE’s 2015 retirees was held at the end of spring term. This year’s retirees include Amy Petti, Educational Leadership and Policy (17 years at PSU); Ruth Murray, Curriculum and Instruction and Continuing Education (16 years at PSU); Helen Young, Special Education (20 years at PSU); and Russ Miars, Counselor Education (22 years at PSU).

Also retiring, but not pictured, are Jim Carlile, Educational Leadership and Policy (56 years in education), and Linda Jessell, Center for Student Success (43 years in education), who were both honored at the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators Annual Conference in Seaside in June.

All are long-term educators dedicated to improving the lives of children and families in Oregon. The GSE and PSU are forever grateful for the contributions of this amazing group of people.

Amy Petti, Educational Leadership and Policy

Petti was the leader of the GSE’s Initial Administrator Licensure (IAL) program’s hybrid cohort. She joined PSU after 27 years in K–12 public education as a teacher and administrator in North Clackamas School District and Portland Public Schools. When Petti was principal at Hollyrood Elementary School in Portland Public Schools, she was also the director of the Accelerated Schools Project (ASP) for the Northwest Region. Her ASP work partnered with Intel, where she trained master teachers across the country. Petti has created a new GSE scholarship in honor of her family. The Brakke-Daggett-Petti Family Educational Leadership Endowed Scholarship is intended to support emerging school leaders.

Ruth Murray, Curriculum and Instruction and Continuing Education

Murray is a PSU alumnae and the retiring Library Media program advisor in the GSE. She taught English and theater in Ohio for 20 years before moving to Oregon, where she taught for 15 years in Gresham-Barlow School District, West Linn–Wilsonville School District, and PCC’s Library Assistant Program. She taught in PSU’s Library Media program before becoming the advisor. She is very active in the Oregon Library Association and was named Oregon Librarian of the Year in 2012.

Helen Young, Special Education

Young is the director of the Autism Training and Research Center and holds three degrees from PSU. She has worked for PSU since 1995, teaching, conducting research, and writing grants totaling nearly $4 million. As a senior researcher, she performed groundbreaking work that led to new approaches for working with individuals on the autism spectrum. Her doctoral thesis, (2006), An Examination of the Variables that Affect the Outcomes of Children with Autism Spectrum, was first to catalog all autism treatments in one place.

Russ Miars, Counselor Education

Miars has taught and practiced counseling since 1981. He held several positions at Indiana University of Pennsylvania before he was hired at PSU in 1993. At PSU, he was director of the Counseling and Student Development Center, supervised counseling students, and developed and taught many courses for the Counselor Education Department and Continuing Education, including the popular Supervision series, all while maintaining a private practice. Sabbaticals in 1991 and 2009 took him to Krakow, Poland, and Riga, Latvia, where he studied mental health systems in post-Soviet society.

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