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Interview with SOESD Superintendent Scott Perry
Retiring superintendent Steve Boyarsky had an opportunity to spend some one-on-one time with the incoming SOESD superintendent, Scott Perry. Here are some questions and answers from Scott that will help us all become a little more acquainted with our new superintendent.
Where did you grow up?
I was born in Indiana but moved to Salt Lake City, Utah when I was still a baby. I went to elementary school in Utah and in Reno, Nevada. I attended Junior High and High School in Long Beach, California and Beaverton, Oregon. My father had several interesting careers in my growing-up years including candy maker, restaurant manager and manager of a company that painted and refinished office furniture.
Where did you attend college?
I did my undergraduate work at Portland State University and Brigham Young University and received my Master’s Degree from Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Washington. My administrative certificate work has been through both Portland State University and the University of Oregon.
How did you end up in the field of education?
I began my university schooling wanting to be a child psychologist and ended up getting a degree in school psychology. I have always been very interested in working with children because I have always believed that it is in supporting and educating children that we can have the greatest positive impact on the future of society.
What positions have you held in your professional career?
I have been a school psychologist, behavior specialist, school reform specialist with the Oregon Department of Education, elementary school principal and ESD Director of Special Education and Director of Student Services (including programs related to school improvement, student behavior management including Positive Behavior Support (PBS), attendance, home school, youth corrections education and education of youth in long term care & treatment).
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love to cook, write and perform music, do puppet shows for children, garden and be outdoors.
Tell us about your family.
I’m single and have four wonderful boys—all in their 20s. I am also the proud grandfather of two sweet grandchildren ages 6 and 2.
What do you find the most satisfying part of your work?
Helping school systems function more positively, effectively and efficiently so that our education efforts have the maximum positive impact—any time I’m involved in something that leads to that outcome I am most happy and satisfied. I am thrilled to come to Southern Oregon ESD because this ESD has the reputation of providing just that kind of positive, effective, efficient service.