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Talking With Oregon's Elementary Principal of the Year

Earl Boyles Elementary School principal Ericka Guynes

Earl Boyles Elementary School principal Ericka Guynes

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Earl Boyles principal Ericka Guynes was named Oregon’s elementary principal of the year this past fall. She describes it as “a great honor,” but at the same time she says she wishes the award could have recognized everyone on her team.

At a conference for new principals, Guynes said she expects this year to be the most challenging in her 21 year career in education. That’s not a surprise, considering all the transitions she and her school are facing this year: new language standards at a school where 20 different languages are represented, construction on a new building for the Earl Boyles Preschool, and implementing Common Core curriculum standards, to name a few. Guynes says she doesn’t have all the answers, and she’s learning along the way while trying to support her staff through these changes.

Ericka Guynes is featured in OPB’s Class of 2025 project, which is following students at Earl Boyles Elementary.

OPB News’s “Class of 2025” reports are part of American Graduate — Let’s Make It Happen! — a public broadcasting initiative to address the drop out crisis, supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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