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School Board Selects Dr. Kimberlee Armstrong, Ed. D. to be Next Superintendent


Dr. Kimberlee Armstrong


(Portland, Oregon) - The Portland Public School Board of Education announced today the selection of Dr. Kimberlee Armstrong to serve as the next superintendent. The Board is scheduled to meet tomorrow morning to approve and authorize the appointment and contract. Throughout her career, Dr. Armstrong has been instrumental in advancing student achievement, addressing racial inequities, and closing the achievement gap for students of color through her dynamic approach to classroom innovation, curriculum enhancement, and professional development.

 

Dr. Armstrong’s three-year contract begins July 1, 2024, and members of the Board of Education said they will welcome the positive changes Dr. Armstrong's leadership will bring to the school district and our schools.

 

The Board led a comprehensive and inclusive selection process, guided by clear criteria for finding an authentic and inclusive, transparent, fiscally accountable educational leader committed to advancing equity. A nationwide search culminated in a series of staff, student and community engagements with the final candidates. Dr. Armstrong’s selection was based on her qualifications, interviews, a thorough review process, and staff, student and community feedback. Dr. Armstrong’s tenure as Chief Academic Officer of Portland Public Schools, where she served with distinction further solidified her suitability for this critical role.

 

“Dr. Armstrong is just what PPS needs in this time of opportunity and challenge,” said Gary Hollands, PPS Board Chair. “Her credentials go beyond the academic and professional successes we need in a superintendent. She also brings a deep understanding of Oregon, Portland and PPS as a parent, educational leader and an active member of the community. We are excited for her vision, leadership and commitment to PPS. She is the ideal leader to propel PPS into a new era of excellence.”

 

Dr. Armstrong began her educational career as a public school teacher in the Puyallup School District (WA) and spent over two decades in various roles in elementary, middle, and high schools, with a focus on leading and supporting staff. She currently serves as Deputy Superintendent of the Evergreen School District in Vancouver, WA.

 

In addition to her educational leadership, Dr. Armstrong is also the author of Intersectional Leadership: Strategies for Building Resilient Workforces, and is a renowned speaker on education curriculum, data, research, and systemic changes to advance racial and social equity.

 

"It is an incredible honor to be selected as the next Superintendent of Portland Public Schools. My commitment is unwavering: I will choose Portland every day in every way, dedicating myself fully to the success and well-being of our students, staff, and community. Together, we rise, improving the path toward excellence, equity, and innovation in education," said Dr. Armstrong.

 

Dr. Armstrong’s career includes roles such as Chief Academic Officer in Portland Public Schools; Executive Director of Equity and Public Relations in Edmonds School District (WA): Assistant Superintendent in Tamalpais Union High School District (CA): Associate Superintendent in Santa Rosa City Schools (CA); and principal at Kenmore Junior High and at Mount Miguel High School (CA).

 

An intercollegiate basketball player, Dr. Armstrong earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication from California State University East Bay, a Masters in Business Administration from City University of Seattle, and later obtained a Doctor of Education Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies with a Washington State Superintendent Certification from the University of Washington. She also coached high school basketball and middle school track.

 

More About Dr. Kimberlee Armstrong

 

Dr. Kimberlee Armstrong, author of Intersectional Leadership: Strategies for Building Resilient Workforces, began her educational career as a public school teacher in the Puyallup School District (WA) and has since devoted over two decades to various roles in elementary, middle, and high schools, with a focus on leading and supporting staff. She serves as Deputy Superintendent in Vancouver, Washington. Dr. Armstrong's previous roles include cabinet-level Chief Academic Officer in Portland Public Schools (OR), Executive Director of Equity and Public Relations in Edmonds School District (WA), Assistant Superintendent in Tamalpais Union High School District (CA), and Associate Superintendent in Santa Rosa City Schools (CA). Her leadership journey includes serving as principal at Kenmore Junior High and later at Mount Miguel High School (CA).

 

Dr. Armstrong earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication from California State University East Bay, Masters in Business Administration from City University of Seattle and later obtained a Doctor of Education Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies with a Washington State Superintendent Certification from the University of Washington.

 

Dr. Armstrong's unwavering dedication to learning and empowerment extends to her active involvement in community service and academic enhancement. Her commitment is demonstrated through her roles as head girls' basketball coach at Renton High School and Emerald Ridge High School, inspired by four years of intercollegiate basketball experiences at City College of San Francisco and California State University, East Bay.

 

Dr. Armstrong is determined to create an environment that is adaptable, supportive, and empowers individuals to thrive as their authentic selves.

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