Ms. Otto brings over 18 years of teaching and administrative experience to the position including 8 years as a Principal and Assistant Principal in elementary, middle, and high schools. She served most recently as a Principal and Title III Director in the Gaston School District. Her experience includes K-12 ELL, Migrant Education, TAG, GED prep, credit for proficiency and alternative programs. Ms. Otto began her career in education as an ELL and English teacher and high school swim coach.
Originally from Texas, Ms. Otto moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1998 because she wanted to be closer to the mountains and the ocean. When not working, Christine and her husband, Jerry, enjoy spending their time hiking, running, biking, and exploring. Christine is also an admitted bibliophile and loves to sneak in literary pilgrimages wherever she travels.
Ms. Otto earned her Bachelor of Arts (Cum Laude) in Secondary Education and Economics from the University of Arizona, her Master of Library and Information Sciences from Texas Woman’s University, and her Administrator’s certificate from Portland State University.
She began her position earlier this month.
Ms. Kulak brings over 29 years of nursing experience to the position, including four years as a MESD school nurse most recently at Rosa Parks Elementary School and Woodlawn School in Portland Public Schools district. Ms. Kulak began her work as a school nurse in 2005 and worked for the Forest Grove and Woodburn school districts. Prior to serving as a school nurse she worked for 18 years as a certified inpatient obstetrics nurse in Texas and Oregon. Ms. Kulak earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Texas Christian University.
The Certificate of Excellence (COE) award confirms the school business office’s commitment to financial accountability and transparency. Recognition through the COE program can help strengthen a district’s presentation for bond issuance statements and promotes a high level of financial reporting. For more information about the COE award, visit asbointl.org/COE.
The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting and is presented annually by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.
MESD's Penny Plavala selected to statewide English Language Arts Advisory Panel
He has also served as the Executive Director for the "I Have a Dream Foundation" where he designed, implemented and coordinated an academic and social enrichment program for at-risk students.
Mr. Woodard earned his Bachelor of Arts in English and Master of Science in Education at the University of Bridgeport, and was certified a Senior Professional in Human Resources in 2008.Sean is a family man, and devoted father of three girls (Yasmin, 10, Mikaela 8, and Cora 2 1/2) and husband to his darling wife Chelsi. This time of year you can find him and his family swimming in the rivers, walking the trails, and riding bikes in their Kenton neighborhood. He is a self proclaimed "regular guy" who likes a host of activities including almost all sports, chess, reading contemporary literature, and watching a Lord of the Rings marathon for the umpteenth time.
Todd Greaves has been selected as the MESD Special Education Director.Mr. Greaves brings over 25 years in education to the position, mostly recently as Coordinator - Education, Early Childhood and Head Start Services for the Oregon Department of Education (ODE).
Prior to his role with ODE, Mr. Greaves served as the Director of Education, Early Childhood, Parent Engagement and Head Start Services for Family Service Association, Inc. in San Antonio, Texas for 3 years.
Additionally, he has served as a Director for Early Childhood Services for 4 years, Principal of secondary and elementary schools for 9 years, as an assistant principal for 3 years, and as a teacher for 7 years in the Edgewood Independent School District, San Antonio, Texas.
Mr. Greaves earned his bachelor's in education and master's in Educational Leadership and Management at the University of San Antonio, Texas.
He is happily married to his wife Jill, and they have two children, a daughter (Grace) who is 16 and a son (John) who is 14. They are his world and they also keep him grounded in a life / work balance.
He enjoys walking with his family, cooking (especially Thai or Greek cuisine), traveling, kayaking and hopefully soon cycling at a beginners pace and distance.
He begins his position tomorrow, Wednesday, June 1.
(Pictured, Left to Right: Mary Botkin, Board member, Staff members Nalani Wineman, Lisa O'Toole, Sheila Schacher, and Scott Perry, Superintendent)
MESD staff display incarcerated youth artwork in 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade
May 4, 2016
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization, providing advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives. If you would like to participate in this year's NAMI Walk, you’ll find more information, and a signup form, right here!:
Dear MESD Teachers,
Today, Tuesday May 3rd is National Teacher Appreciation Day and I wanted to take a moment to express my heartfelt appreciation for the important work that each of you do every day for our students.
It takes a special type of person to teach, and even more so when teaching students who are highly impacted by traumas, medical conditions, and cognitive delays as is the case with so many of our students. It requires patience, empathy, a genuine interest in meeting the child where they are and helping them achieve their potential, and a nurturing spirit.
In my recent school and program site visits I have witnessed these qualities in every teacher I have had the privilege of watching in action. Each day you provide the emotional, social, and academic support students need to be successful in school and in life and I so appreciate you.
You greatly deserve the appreciation that this day brings. Thank you so much for your energy, dedication, expertise, and commitment to the children we serve.Scott
"It's a great day to be a student or parent in Multnomah County, because Sam Breyer is our new MESD Superintendent. Mr. Breyer was the choice of our board because of his strong track record of delivering results for students; his empathic and highly collaborative leadership style; his deep and personal commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion; and his abundant skill in building relationships and coalitions in service to bringing big things to life for our students and our schools. Sam is exciting in an understated way - and we're excited to welcome him aboard to help lead MESD into this next phase of our journey forward. Every person that's worked with him had something positive and warm to say about him: students, parents, teachers, staff, colleagues, and community partners. And while MESD's positive impact may not always be seen by the public, I guarantee it is felt by the students we serve, their families, and the community as a whole. As our new Superintendent, Mr. Breyer will ensure that MESD's essential and excellent work in school health services, instructional services, special education, and technology continues to evolve and expand, as we work to meet the needs of our districts and students in the 21st century and beyond. I want to especially recognize and thank our dedicated and thoughtful 15 member Superintendent search committee, our component district Superintendents, and the entirety of the MESD board for their commitment to a rigorous and open search process. And to Mr. Bautista, our other finalist for the position, we say thank you for your commitment to students, and for your thoughtful engagement in our process."
Mr. Breyer is the Superintendent of the Centennial School District and has served in that role for the past four years. He began his career in education as a teacher at East Gresham Elementary where he taught for seven years. His administrative experience includes serving as a Teacher on Special Assignment for one year, a Principal for Butler Creek Elementary for four years, and an Assistant Director of Curriculum and Student Learning. Mr. Breyer earned his Bachelors of Science in Economics and Masters of Arts in Teaching in Early Childhood/Elementary from Willamette University. He earned his administrator’s certificate in Education Leadership from Lewis & Clark College.
Mr. Breyer said:
"I’m honored to have this opportunity, and grateful for the Board’s confidence in me. It is clear that Multnomah ESD is ready to move forward into an exceptional future of service and collaboration. I look forward to serving the 8 component school districts, more than 400 MESD employees, and over 100,000 students in our region. MESD will be a leader and partner in our community as we improve educational outcomes for all students."
The search for the next MESD Superintendent was notably robust, transparent and a model of stakeholder engagement. David Douglas Superintendent Don Grotting represented the component district Superintendents on the search committee and shared:
"A great selection process constructed by the Multnomah Education Service District Board of Directors has resulted in the selection of a great superintendent, Sam Breyer to revitalize and lead our ESD to new heights. As a component school district superintendent, I am truly excited regarding the selection of Mr. Breyer to lead the Multnomah ESD to do great things for the children and families of Multnomah County.
I would like to express my gratitude and congratulations to the Multnomah Education Service Board of Directors for their transparent, inclusive, and rigorous superintendent search and selection process. The Board ensured all stakeholders were provided an opportunity to participate and give constructive feedback during all phases of this fair and structured process.
The process yielded great local and national interest, and the final selection was difficult due to the quality of our finalists. Component School District Superintendents look forward to working and partnering with Sam Breyer to do great things for the children and families throughout Multnomah County."
The MESD Board also thanked Interim Superintendent Scott Perry for his service and commitment during this time of transition. Perry will continue as Interim Superintendent until Breyer can begin his position as MESD Superintendent. Breyer is expected to start as MESD Superintendent July 1st.