LOSD announces three new appointments
Lake Oswego School District Superintendent Michael Musick announced several new appointments Tuesday, May 14. Vanessa Davalos, who joined the district a year ago as interim director of extended day and enrichment programs, was appointed to the position of director of the community school and extended day programs, while six-year district employee Morgan Rauch was named assistant director of community school and sports programs and longtime district employee John Parke was appointed to the new position of safety and security administrator.
Before joining LOSD, Davalos was with Beaverton School District as an ESL summer school coordinator, an elementary school teacher, an ESL summer school teacher, a migrant elementary summer school teacher and a technology instructional assistant.
"We are so impressed with her commitment to our community school, preschool, pre-K and extended care programs," said Executive Director of Elementary Programs Frank Luzaich in a press release. "Vanessa's organizational skills, energy and interpersonal gifts are assets to our community and school district."
Davalos holds a Master of Education degree in educational leadership and policy and her initial administrator license from Portland State University. In addition, she holds a Master of Education degree in cross-cultural teaching from National University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal studies from California State University, Fresno.
For the past year, Rauch has held the position of interim director of community school. Prior to that, she was the director of youth sports, pool operations, and facility scheduling for two years. Since 2013, Rauch has been the head varsity water polo coach for Lakeridge High School.
"Morgan has a wealth of experience and knowledge of youth, recreational and club sports organization and facilitation," said Executive Director of Secondary Programs Lou Bailey in the press release. "She will be a perfect fit for this role as well as leading the functional and operational aspects of the pool."
The district said Rauch was instrumental in the compilation of the more than 450-page Title IX brief, in addition to developing the facilities schedule tiers and sitting on both the Gender Equity Task Force and the Athletic Facilities Advisory Task Force. She will remain the head coach for both the boys and girls Lakeridge High School water polo teams, who finished second and ninth in the state two years ago. Her sports management expertise and logistical experience continue to ensure smooth operations of the pool, the district added.
Rauch holds a master of science in athletic administration from Concordia University-Nebraska, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Portland State University. She is a National Federation of State High School Associations certified coach, a USA Water Polo certified coach and a Body Project facilitator. She is serving her first term on the Oregon High School Water Polo Committee and is the only female member of that board. Her volunteer pursuits include coordinating the National Eating Disorders Association walk in Portland and serving the Junior League of Portland as a Committee Chair.
Parke, currently assistant principal at Lakeridge High School, will be responsible for safety and security initiatives across the entire district. He will be responsible for establishing and enforcing safety and security policies and training, as well as completing accident prevention efforts, supporting risk management efforts and playing a critical role in emergency management for the district.
"John is the perfect person for this critical role," said Assistant Superintendent Jennifer Schiele. "He is currently a member of our emergency response team so he has an important depth of knowledge already. We are excited that he will help lead our staff in developing and deploying new procedures and help direct a consistent safety program throughout the district."
Parke has been an assistant principal at Lakeridge High School since 2012. From 2007 to 2012, he was assistant principal at Waluga Junior High and Lake Oswego Junior High and prior to that he was the assistant principal at Lake Oswego High School.
Parke holds a Master of Arts degree from St. Mary's College of California, in Moraga, California. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the California State University, Stanislaus, in Turlock, California.
The three leadership appointments will become effective July 1, 2019.
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