Hello Orchard Hill families! My name is Curt Shenk and I am your new Principal. I would like to introduce myself and give you a little idea of whom you will be working with come this fall.
First off, you need to know that I am a people person and strongly believe in the power and importance of relationships. I have found that knowing ones story is a great way to begin developing a relationship. Therefore, I would like to share my story. I am not a prolific writer so this should be relatively brief.
I am the son of a dairy farmer. Our farm was in the Willamette valley outside the small community of Willamina. I grew up working on the farm and in a sawmill that was right down the road. I received my bachelor’s degree in Elementary Ed. from Western Oregon State College and my master’s degree in Administration from Portland State University.
I taught for nine years (mainly 5th & 6th grade) before moving into administration. My administrative experience has all been in the Phoenix Talent district: 3 years as the assistant principal and 5 years as the principal at Talent Middle School and 8 years as the principal at Talent Elementary. Working in the Phoenix Talent School District has been a blessing. It has the small town feel that I grew up in and I cannot imagine working anywhere else.
My wife Diane and I have been married for thirty years. We have two boys; Daniel age 20 and Matthew age 18. We enjoy the outdoors, snow skiing, and visiting National Parks. My personal favorite activity is playing baseball. It has been a joy of mine my entire life.
That is probably enough for now. I am looking forward to working with all of you and getting to know your stories. I officially start at Orchard Hill in early August, but will be in and out of the building most of July. We are facing some extraordinary opportunities to be great problem solvers as we look forward to next year. I anticipate some rewarding collaboration and cannot wait for the work to begin with students, parents, and staff.
See you all in the fall! GO HAWKS!!
Curt D. Shenk