GSE alumnae Kimie Carroll receives statewide honors

Canby’s Kimie Carroll, ’01, ’11, is the 2017 Oregon Assistant Principal of the Year, selected by the Oregon Association of Secondary School Administrators (OASSA). Carroll is a graduate of the GSE’s Initial and Continuing Administrator Licensure programs in the Educational Leadership and Policy Department.

Carroll is the associate principal for teaching and learning at Canby High School (CHS), where she has served for 11 years. During that time, Canby’s graduation rate has accelerated. The four-year graduation rate for all Canby High School students is 89.8 percent (2016), up from 86.2 percent in 2015, and far exceeds the state average of 74.8 percent. More importantly, the graduation rate for historically underserved student populations in Canby also grew exponentially from year-to-year.

Carroll has many accomplishments that are unique to her district. She created an after-school support program for struggling freshmen called Cougars Achieving Together = Success (CATS). She supervises all aspects of the program, including transportation, which is crucial in a small rural town like Canby.

Carroll developed numerous partnerships with area colleges, including Clackamas Community College (CCC), Portland Community College (PCC), and Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) that directly benefit CHS students. As a result, Canby is a leader in offering college credits to high school students.

Carroll built a partnership for CHS with World of Speed Automotive Museum in nearby Wilsonville to host an auto technology program for students at the museum. High schools rarely have adequate facilities for automotive technology programs, but the museum provides a state-of-the-art facility, professional instructors, and college credits that can be transferred to community college auto technology programs.

Carroll is credited with developing an iPad program for all freshmen and sophomores in the school to support technology integration. This project provides every student with their own mobile device and supports newly adopted curriculum in math and English/language arts.

Carroll is a leader in her district for implementing new assessment systems like ACT Aspire to monitor progress toward college readiness. As the administrator for teaching and learning, she provides her staff with caring and supportive professional development to guarantee student success.

Carroll serves as the regional co-coordinator for the South Metro Salem STEM consortium that works to develop opportunities for high school students to consider STEM careers.

Carroll is also proud to be an Asian American. She was recently given a new challenge: to provide leadership for equity for the district. She enthusiastically embraced this work, which is a hallmark of the GSE’s Educational Administration program. Carroll is responsible for starting a local chapter of MEChA, a Chicana/o support organization, and a Latina/o parent advisory group in her district.

The Confederation of School Administrators (COSA) honored Carroll at their annual gathering in Seaside in June. She joins four previous GSE alumni as OASSA assistant principal awardees: Duane Larson, ’96, ’01, ’02, Michael Ralls, ’01, ’07, ’14, Sean Burke, ’02, ’12, and Drake Shelton, ’12.

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