The Arco Iris School Board is proud to introduce our new principal – Jan Smith! Jan comes to us from Sherwood Charter School, where she has been principal since 2009. Prior to that, Jan was an elementary and middle school administrator for more than 12 years and an elementary and middle school teacher for 15 years. She also spent two years working as the Education Director for the Community of Writers, which is a teacher support program dedicated to improving student writing achievement by improving the quality of writing instruction.
Jan has a successful history of leading teaching staff teams in school improvement efforts. Her administrative duties have included schools in multiple districts in the Portland area, including BSD, and her charter school experience is a huge asset for Arco Iris. Jan knows the limitations and strengths of Oregon’s charter schools and how much these schools mean to their communities. Jan is fully versed in Oregon’s new Common Core State Standards and will be leading our school in making sure our programs align with these standards.
Our interview team included three board members, two Arco Iris teachers, and two parents who are also educators. What the team loved most about Jan was her gentle, calm, and professional demeanor, her confidence to be a guide and mentor to our staff and students, and her programs for not only evaluating student progress but also implementing collaborative teaching teams.
Jan is very interested in immersion programs and child development. We are thrilled to have her join our team. We will be scheduling social events this summer so our parents and students can come and meet her. Until then, feel free to leave a comment on our blog to welcome Jan to our family!