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amy-rodriguez.jpgAmy Jo Rodriguez, Assistant Principal of Roseburg High School has been named Oregon’s 2013 Assistant Principal of the Year.  Rodriguez was selected by the Oregon Association of Secondary School Administrators (OASSA).

An educator for 16 years, Rodriguez has served as an assistant principal with the Roseburg School District for the last 5 years.  She manages all of RHS’s data systems, OAKS testing (for 1,800 students), and she coordinates special education/alternate education programs. Rodriguez observes and evaluates 42 certified and classified staff, supervises athletic events, school productions, dances, and manages a “discipline” case load of students.  She is also facilitating a comprehensive school behavior team to infuse PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support) strategies on the RHS campus.

Over her tenure and under her guidance, RHS has gone from a pull-out program for “homework assistance” to a very thorough inclusion model.  Over the past five years, this is evident in the OAKS state test scores; RHS has shown dramatic improvement in ready and math, as well as the graduation rate among special education students. Her Student Services Team states that “Rodriguez demonstrates our district motto, ‘Whatever It Takes,’ on a daily basis with her interactions with staff and students.”

In her essay as part of her national award application, Rodriguez talks about being raised in a low-income neighborhood in Las Vegas.  She’s inspiring when she talks about how she found and used athletics as the springboard for her escape.  Rodriguez references how training for an elite level and marathon took a great deal of dedication and focus which resulted in continuous growth.  She closes her essay by saying “In marathoning and distance running there is always a finish line.  In the work I do as an administrator, surely there are clear targets; however my work is never finished.”

Rodriguez will be honored at the annual COSA Seaside Conference in June.  She will attend the State and National Assistant Principals Forum and awards dinner in Washington D.C. sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Administrators and VIRCO, Inc. later this year.

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