Ms. Candace Pelt joined the Central Linn family on a part-time basis beginning March 1, 2021, and will continue working part-time until she fills the full-time interim position beginning on January 1, 2022. The Board intends to proceed with plans to conduct a full Superintendent search in the fall of 2021 for the permanent Superintendent position to begin July 1, 2022.
Ms. Pelt holds a Doctorate of Education from George Fox University and a Masters of Science in Educational Administration from National University. She was most recently employed as the Assistant Superintendent of the Oregon Department of Education where she was responsible for the oversight of the state’s office of Student Services and Federal Programs. Prior to that she was the Director of Elementary Education and Special Programs in Newberg, Special Programs Director and Middle School and Alternative High School Administrator in Sheridan, as well as spending six years in the classroom as a 4th-6th grade and High School English teacher.
Vice Board Chair Rebekah Schneiter said “Candace is the right person for our District at this time. She is an excellent communicator and visionary. She has extensive experience and natural talents as a mentor to teachers and administrators. Her passion is teaching and instruction, with a strong desire to be in the classrooms. She brings a background in Special Education and in Talented and Gifted programs. She also led a team that started a successful dual-immersion program for the Newberg School District and has a long track record promoting equity in educational systems. She has a small town background and understands small schools and communities and is eager to connect with the families, students, and the greater Central Linn community.”
Board Chair Jennifer Duringer added, “Her experience and commitment to listen and interact with a diverse group of stakeholders to advance district/organizational goals was one of many skills that stood out. Integrating this with her enthusiasm for proficiency-based learning and her view that schools are an intrinsic part of a community made Ms. Pelt an ideal fit for leading the vision of our district. After checking references, it was clear that we would be lucky to have her join our team. It is with much joy that we introduce Candace to you.”
“It is an honor and privilege to be appointed as Interim Superintendent to serve alongside Superintendent Gardner. I was drawn to Central Linn Schools because of the values of the district including individualized education for all, growing professional learning communities, FFA and AVID programs, and strong support for students. Schools are an integral part of a community; my tenure will be marked by active work to further opportunities for connection like the Veteran’s Day Assembly, the Mentor programs, and the Clean Up Day with Little Cobras. These connections require leadership to be readily accessible to everyone who has questions, thoughts, concerns, or ideas about our schools. With that as a focus, I will maintain Superintendent Gardner’s open-door policy. We are beginning an exciting time for Central Linn as we continue towards students being fully back on campus, and I am eager to join the team for the journey.”