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NAE Open House – August 30th – 5:30-6:30

Posted on: August 8, 2023


August 30th – 5:30-6:30

This is an opportunity for students to:

  • See their classroom
  • Meet their teacher (classroom placement letters will be mailed home in August before the Open House)
  • Drop off school supplies
  • Familiarize themselves before the first day of school

Such a fun evening to see everyone! Make sure to mark your calendars.

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New to NAE? Register Online!

Posted on: August 8, 2023

Welcome to NAE! We are very excited to meet out new students and families!

Please register online here

You will need a valid email to register, so make sure you have that prepared. You can upload the following required documents when you register or you can drop them by the school office or you can email them to

  • Proof of Age
  • Proof of Address
  • Proof of Immunization

Registration for new students will be August 14 (8-4), 15 (11-7), 16 (8-4). This is an opportunity to drop of documentation in person if you prefer rather than sending them digitally.

Here is our 23/24 Supply List for your convenience.

Back To School


Book Fair is coming October 17-21

Posted on: September 27, 2022

Scholastic Book Fair

It is Book Fair time! Here is the schedule that it is open:

Oct. 17-21 – BEFORE SCHOOL – 8:40-9:10 am

Oct. 17-18 – AFTER SCHOOL – 3:45-4:15 pm

Oct. 19 (early release) – AFTER SCHOOL – 2:45-5:00 pm

Oct. 20 – AFTER SCHOOL – 3:45-6:00 pm

Oct. 21 – AFTER SCHOOL – 3:45-4:15 pm

Come support our library so we can get more awesome books for our students to check out and read!

Free Lunch Week – Oct. 10 – 17

Posted on: September 27, 2022

October 10-17


There is still a charge for ala carte items:

  • Super Lunch – $1.75
  • Milk – $.70

National school lunch week

NAE 2022/23 Supply List

Posted on: June 20, 2022

School supplies go on sale over the summer. Here is the NAE 2022/23 supply list so that you can get in on the sales!

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NAE Book Fair Coming May 16-20

Posted on: May 9, 2022

Scholastic Book Fair

The聽 NAE Spring Book Fair will be held in our library May 16-20. Here are the hours it will be open:

8:40-9:10 daily

3:45-4:15 daily (2:45-3:15 Wednesday)

5:00-7:15 Friday night of Carnival

If you have been cleared and want to sign up to volunteer, click on this link. We can use lots of help!

Student Led Conferences

Posted on: April 6, 2022

Please plan to drop in for Student Led Conferences:

Wednesday, April 13 – 4:00-7:00 pm (REGULAR SCHOOL DAY)

Thursday, April 14 – 4:30-7:30 pm (REGULAR SCHOOL DAY)Hello! It's Conference Time!!!

Friday, April 15 – 8:00-12:00 & 1:00-4:30 (NO SCHOOL)

Monday, April 18 – NO SCHOOL

For those families that have not had any experience with Student Led Conferences, they are designed for your child to have an opportunity to show you what they are doing in their classroom (your child will come with you to the conference).聽There are no appointments needed, you can drop in anytime during the scheduled conference hours.聽If your child’s teacher feels they need to communicate more with you, they will reach out to you.

March Non-School Days

Posted on: October 25, 2021

These are the days there is no school in March:

Spring Break – March 21-25


NAE Virtual Conferences-Nov. 10 & 12

Posted on: October 14, 2021

NAE will be holding their virtual conferences by appointment on the following schedule:

  • Nov. 10 – 4:00-8:00pm
  • Nov. 12 – 8:00-11:20am, 12:20-4:20pm, 5:00-7:00pm

Parents are welcome to contact the school office to make an appointment


Posted on: October 14, 2021

Any students that were absent on Oct. 22nd will have their pictures taken for school records on retake day. You can still purchase a packet on Dec. 7th.

More information will come home soon.

School Starts September 7th

Posted on: August 20, 2021

For Grades 1-5, school will start September 7 – 9:10-3:45

For Kindergarten, school will start September 13 – 9:10-3:45

(Early release Wednesday begin September 15 – 9:10-2:45


New Students to NAE Registration …

Posted on: August 3, 2021

Welcome to our school

If you are new to Greater Albany Public Schools and live within the NAE attendance area, here is how you enroll in our school for the 2021-22 school yar (this includes grades K-5):

Complete Online Registration by clicking on this link and register as New To District.

Provide the following documents:

  • Proof of Age
  • Proof of Immunization
  • Proof of Address

NAE welcomes you as new students on the following dates to complete registration:

  • Tuesday, August 17th – 7:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Wednesday, August 18th – 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Thursday, August 19th – 7:00 am – 3:00 pm

This is the time you can come to the school to provide your documents, complete additional necessary documents and get help with technology to register if you need it (there will be chromebooks available to complete Online Registration).

Parent Square

Posted on: December 11, 2020

GAPS Parents and Guardians: Download the ParentSquare app now! Your account can be activated at or on the ParentSquare app using the email address or phone number you used in your contact information when you registered your student. More info:
Padres y apoderados de GAPS: 隆Descargue la aplicaci贸n ParentSquare ahora! Su cuenta se puede activar en o en la aplicaci贸n ParentSquare usando la direcci贸n de correo electr贸nico o el n煤mero de tel茅fono que us贸 en su informaci贸n de contacto cuando inscribi贸 a su estudiante. M谩s informaci贸n:

Read A Thon Fundraiser, Nov. 2-Dec. 1…

Posted on: November 2, 2020

Our NAE PTP is hosting a Read A Thon in place of the Jog A Thon this year.

You can participate Nov. 2 – Dec. 1

NAE Fall in Love with a Good Book Read-A-Thon:

With some of our favorite school traditions like School Carnival and Jog-A-Thon on hold till the spring, NAE PTP is excited to share our Fall In Love with a Good Book Read-A-Thon for the month of November. For 4 weeks, students will be asked to read a little bit everyday with a goal for total minutes read during the month. We encourage students to share this reading challenge with their family and friends to help us fundraise for our school and community.

Dear North Albany Families,

North Albany Elementary PTP is excited to bring a fun, new school event to students and their families! The 鈥淔all in Love with a Good Book Read-A-Thon鈥 will run through the month of November and challenge students to read a little bit every day while also raising money to support our school and our community.

We invite our North Albany families to help their children track their daily reading using the Read for My School鈥檚 digital platform. We would also love if you would share your child鈥檚 progress toward their monthly reading goal and our fundraising drive with friends and family. Students will have opportunities to earn rewards along the way as well as prizes for top readers and top reading classrooms.

Here are some of our reading and fundraising goals for this fundraiser:

  • A school reading goal to reach 50,000 minutes read!
  • A school fundraising goal of $3,000 to help add books to NAE鈥檚 library and support future classroom needs as well as lend a hand with relief efforts for a local elementary school that is in need after the recent wildfires.


Information about our fundraiser on Read for My School:

Fundraiser name: Fall in Love with a Good Book Read-a-Thon

Fundraiser invite code: 83564

How to get started: To register your student, please scan the QR Code shown here using your mobile camera phone or click here to register on your preferred web browser.

You can also download and register on Read for My School apps on Apple App and Google Play stores.

Please use the invite code above to register on our mobile apps.

Once you鈥檝e completed your child鈥檚 reader profile you are ready to start reading and fundraising for NAE! NAE PTP is extremely excited to share this event and we look forward to working with you to support our community鈥檚 commitment to growing our students鈥 love of reading and giving back to our school!


North Albany Elementary PTP

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Thank you, North Albany IGA!!

Posted on: October 20, 2020

A huge thank you to North Albany IGA for donating paper grocery bags! These are used to safely send home classroom materials to our students.

We greatly appreciate the generosity of our neighborhood store!

North Albany IGA

2019/20 Online Registration Begins August 1st.

Posted on: July 17, 2019

Welcome to our families registering for the 2019/2020 school year. Families that had students registered for the 2018/2019 school year, either at NAE or another GAPS school would have received instructions and ID numbers to take care of this process with June report cards.聽 You will find Online Registration at

If you are new to Albany and or Greater Albany Public Schools, and want to attend North Albany Elementary please contact the NAE office starting August 5th to complete information in order to be set up for Online Registration. Documents needed if you are new:

  • Proof of Age
  • Proof of Address
  • Shot record

We look forward to meeting all of our new families!

Battle of the Books starts Jan. 15…

Posted on: January 11, 2019

Informational letter from Mrs. Poe

Please watch for updates on the battle schedules below:

January 14-18聽 Battle Schedule Grades 3-4

January 18 Battle Schedule Grades 3-4

January 22 & 24 Battle Schedule Grades 3-4

January 29 & 31 Battle Schedule Grades 3-4

January 31 Battle Schedule Grades 3-4 (update)

February 1 Battle Schedule Grades 3-4

February 5 & 7 Battle Schedule Grades 3-4

February 5 & 7 Battle Schedule UPDATE Grades 3-4

February 8th Battle Schedule Grades 3-4

February 12th Battle Schedule Grades 3-4

February 14th Battle Schedule Grades 3-4

February 15th & 19th Battle Schedule Grades 3-4


January 14-18 Battle Schedule Grade 5

January 22-24 Battle Schedule Grade 5

January 20-Feb 1 Battle Schedule Grade 5

February 4-February 8 Battle Schedule Grade 5


Good luck to all the teams!


Inclement Weather Procedures…

Posted on: November 29, 2018

November 29, 2018
Dear Parents:
Sometimes we have to close school, delay the start of school, or release early because of bad weather. This is the annual reminder of procedures for school closures or schedule changes due to inclement weather.

When the decision has been made to close school or delay the start, we rely on local radio and television stations for notifications. Closure and delayed start information will ordinarily be broadcast by 6:30 a.m. Closure information will also be posted on the district website at

Our district subscribes to FlashAlert. This service forwards school closure information to local radio and television stations. Staff, parents, or community members wishing to receive these notices directly can register at Notifications will be sent to you via email. For those of you with tablets or smart phones, you can receive messages by downloading the FlashAlert Messenger app. This app is available on Google Play or the iTunes app store. There are no costs to the recipients for using the email or app notifications. You may want to login to your FlashAlert account now to make sure your contact information is up to date.聽All addresses registered on FlashAlert will remain confidential. Subscribers should be aware that some email spam filters can prevent messages from being received.

Below are some of the radio and television stations who will be notified of school closures:

FM Radio Stations:

KEHK FM 102.3
KFLY FM 101.5
KKNU FM 93.3
KLOO FM 106.3
KOOL FM 99.1
KRKT FM 99.9
KSND FM 95.1 (Spanish)

AM Radio Stations:

KGAL AM 1580
KLOO AM 1340
KWBY AM 940 (Spanish)

Television Stations:

KATU Chan 2
KEZI Chan 9
KGW Chan 8
KLSR Chan 34
KMTR Chan 16
KOIN Chan 6
KVAL Chan 13

*The television channel may vary according to listening area.

If inclement days are needed, Presidents鈥 Day in February and the week after school is out in June are usually designated inclement weather make-up days.

If you have questions about the procedures summarized above, please contact the school or contact the District Office at 541-967-4501.
J. Tim Mills Superintendent
Inclement Weather Procedures




29 de noviembre del 2018

Estimados Padres de Familia:
A veces tenemos que clausurar la escuela, empezar tarde o salir temprano, por causa del mal clima. Esta carta anual es para recordarles de los procedimientos que usamos cuando debemos clausurar la escuela o cambiar los horarios por causa del mal clima.
Cuando la decisi贸n de la clausura de la escuela o la de empezar m谩s tarde ha sido tomada,
dependemos de las radios locales y las estaciones de televisi贸n. La informaci贸n sobre la clausura y el retraso de las clases, por lo general se empezar谩 a transmitir desde las 6:30 am. La informaci贸n sobre la clausura estar谩 tambi茅n publicada en el lugar de la red del distrito en

Nuestro distrito est谩 subscrito a un programa que env铆a mensajes de alerta llamado FlashAlert. Este servicio env铆a informaci贸n de los cierres de la escuela a las estaciones de radio y televisi贸n locales. Los miembros del personal, padres o miembros de la comunidad que desean recibir estas notificaciones directamente pueden registrarse en Las聽notificaciones luego ser谩n enviadas v铆a correo electr贸nico. Para aquellos de ustedes que tienen una tableta o tel茅fono inteligente, pueden recibir mensajes bajando la aplicaci贸n 鈥淔lashAlert Messenger app鈥. Esta aplicaci贸n est谩 disponible en Google Play o en la tienda iTunes app store. No hay costos
para los suscriptores por recibir notificaciones v铆a correo electr贸nico o la aplicaci贸n. Ahora
mismo, seria bueno聽ingresar a su cuenta de 鈥淔lashAlert鈥 para asegurar que su informaci贸n de contacto este actualizada.

Todas las direcciones de correos electr贸nicos registradas en FlashAlert se mantendr谩n
confidenciales. Los subscriptores deben tener en cuenta que algunos filtros en contra de 鈥渟pam鈥
(correos no deseados), podr铆an impedir que reciba mensajes.
A continuaci贸n est谩n algunas de las estaciones de radio y televisi贸n que ser谩n notificadas de los cierres de las escuelas:

Estaciones de Radio FM:

KEHK FM 102.3
KFLY FM 101.5
KKNU FM 93.3
KLOO FM 106.3
KOOL FM 99.1
KRKT FM 99.9
KSND FM 95.1 (espa帽ol)

Estaciones de Radio AM:

KGAL AM 1580
KLOO AM 1340
KWBY AM 940 (espa帽ol)

Estaciones de Televisi贸n:

KATU Chan 2
KEZI Chan 9
KGW Chan 8
KLSR Chan 34
KMTR Chan 16
KOIN Chan 6
KVAL Chan 13

**El canal de televisi贸n puede variar de acuerdo al 谩rea de escucha.
Si es necesario clausurar la escuela por el mal clima, el D铆a de los Presidentes en febrero y la semana despu茅s del fin del a帽o escolar en junio, normalmente son d铆as designados para recuperar los d铆as perdidos por el mal clima.

Si usted tiene alguna pregunta acerca de los procedimientos mencionados anteriormente, por favor comun铆quese con su escuela o con el Centro de Bienvenida al 541-704-2376.

J. Tim Mills

Orsborn to lead school district鈥檚 HR department / La Sra. Orsborn liderar谩 el Departamento de Recursos Humanos del distrito escolar

Posted on: September 7, 2023

Orsborn to lead school district鈥檚 HR department


Long-time West Albany principal to transition to GAPS Executive Director of HR later this month

Susie OrsbornGreater Albany Public Schools is pleased to announce Susie Orsborn will join the district office as the Executive Director of Human Resources. Orsborn is the current principal of West Albany High School, a position she has held since 2004.

鈥淚 am extremely excited about the opportunity to serve the district from a different vantage point as the Executive Director of Human Resources, and I am committed to ensuring that the Human Resources department plays a vital role in supporting the success and well-being of educators and staff,鈥 Orsborn said. 鈥淲e will focus on recruiting and retaining top talent to ensure the district has the right people in place to achieve its goals. It’s important for us to foster a work environment where employees are engaged, motivated, and supported.鈥

Orsborn is a long-time Albany resident with deep roots in the school district. She attended Waverly and South Shore Elementary Schools, North Albany and Calapooia Middle Schools before graduating from South Albany High School. She has worked for GAPS for the past 38 years in several roles.聽

鈥淚 have loved every job that I have had in the district,鈥 Orsborn said. 鈥淚 have proudly served the district for the past 38 years as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, and principal. This experience has given me excellent insight into the culture and climate of Albany and our school district.鈥澛

Over her educational career, Orsborn has earned the Coalition of School Administrators (COSA) Assistant Principal of the Year award; Oregon School Activities Association Distinguished Service Award; served on the Chalkboard Distinguished Leaders Council, and was inducted into the West Albany Athletic Hall of Fame, as well as the Oregon Cheerleading Coaching Association鈥檚 Hall of Fame.聽

In addition to her professional accomplishments, Orsborn has been involved in several community nonprofits including Samaritan Albany General Hospital鈥檚 Board of Directors, of which she is a current member, and as a former member of the Albany Boys & Girls Club Board.聽

鈥淪usie is an exemplary educator who has served this district in an outstanding fashion over the course of her career,鈥 said Superintendent Andy Gardner. 鈥淗er focus on people and the construction of systems have led to great achievements at West Albany and it gives me great confidence she will transition those skills to the work at the district level.鈥澛

Orsborn has her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a Secondary Math endorsement from Oregon State University, and her Master鈥檚 in Educational Leadership from University of Oregon. She also holds an education administrative license.聽

As this transition will take place in the coming weeks, Superintendent Gardner has named Rich Engel as the Acting Principal of West Albany High School for the 2023-24 school year. Engel has served as an Assistant Principal of the school since the fall of 2012.聽

La Sra. Orsborn liderar谩 el Departamento de Recursos Humanos del distrito escolar聽

Directora de la preparatoria West Albany, con extensa trayectoria, se trasladar谩 a ser Directora Ejecutiva de Recursos Humanos de las Escuelas P煤blicas de Greater Albany (GAPS) a finales de este mes.

Susie OrsbornEl distrito de Escuelas P煤blicas de Greater Albany, se complace en anunciar que la Sra. Susie Orsborn se unir谩 a la oficina del distrito como Directora Ejecutiva de Recursos Humanos. La Sra. Orsborn es la actual directora de la preparatoria West Albany, puesto que ha ocupado desde el 2004.

“Estoy extremadamente emocionada por la oportunidad de servir al distrito, desde un punto de vista diferente como Directora Ejecutiva de Recursos Humanos, y estoy comprometida en asegurar que el departamento de Recursos Humanos desempe帽e un papel vital en apoyar el 茅xito y el bienestar de los educadores y el personal”, dijo la Sra. Orsborn. “Nos centraremos en reclutar y retener el mejor talento para garantizar que el distrito cuente con las personas adecuadas para alcanzar sus objetivos. Es importante para nosotros fomentar un entorno de trabajo en el que los empleados est茅n comprometidos, motivados y respaldados”.

La Sra. Orsborn es una residente de la ciudad de Albany de larga trayectoria, con ra铆ces profundas en el distrito escolar. Asisti贸 a las escuelas primarias Waverly y South Shore, las escuelas secundarias North Albany y Calapooia antes de graduarse de la preparatoria South Albany High School. Ha trabajado para GAPS durante los 煤ltimos 38 a帽os en varios cargos.

“He amado cada trabajo que he tenido en el distrito”, dijo la Sra. Orsborn. “He servido con orgullo al distrito durante los 煤ltimos 38 a帽os como maestra, entrenadora, subdirectora y directora. Esta experiencia me ha proporcionado una excelente comprensi贸n de la cultura y el clima de Albany y nuestro distrito escolar”.

A lo largo de su carrera educativa, la Sra. Orsborn ha recibido el premio Subdirectora del A帽o de la Coalici贸n de Administradores Escolares (COSA por sus siglas en ingl茅s); el Premio al Servicio Distinguido de la Asociaci贸n de Actividades Escolares de Oregon; ha servido en el Consejo de L铆deres Distinguidos de Chalkboard y ha sido incluida en el Sal贸n de la Fama Deportiva de la preparatoria West Albany, as铆 como en el Sal贸n de la Fama de la Asociaci贸n de Entrenadores de Porristas de Oregon.

Adem谩s de sus logros profesionales, la Sra. Orsborn ha estado involucrada en varias organizaciones sin fines de lucro de la comunidad, incluyendo la Mesa Directiva del Hospital General Samaritan de Albany, de la cual es miembro actualmente, y como ex miembro de la Mesa Directiva del Club 鈥淏oys & Girls Club鈥 de Albany.

“Susie es una educadora ejemplar que ha servido a este distrito de manera sobresaliente a lo largo de su carrera”, dijo el Superintendente Sr. Andy Gardner. “Su enfoque en las personas y la construcci贸n de sistemas ha llevado a grandes logros en West Albany, y me da una gran confianza que transferir谩 esas habilidades al trabajo a nivel del distrito”.

La Sra. Orsborn tiene una Licenciatura en Ciencias en Educaci贸n Primaria con una certificaci贸n en Matem谩ticas de la secundaria de la Universidad Estatal de Oregon, y una Maestr铆a en Liderazgo Educativo de la Universidad de Oregon. Tambi茅n posee una licencia administrativa en educaci贸n.

Dado que esta transici贸n tendr谩 lugar en las pr贸ximas semanas, el Superintendente Sr. Gardner ha nombrado al Sr. Rich Engel como Director Interino de la preparatoria West Albany High School, para el a帽o escolar 2023-24. El Sr. Engel ha servido como Subdirector de la escuela desde el oto帽o de 2012.

New partnership, leadership to strengthen district鈥檚 equity efforts

Posted on: June 15, 2023

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A new partnership with Linn-Benton Community College, as well as new leadership within the school district, will lend to a reinvigoration of efforts dedicated to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Kelsey Nava-Costales, Executive Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Kelsey Nava-Costales, GAPS Executive Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

鈥淚 am excited to announce Kelsey Nava-Costales has been selected as our district鈥檚 new Executive Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Kelsey brings a wealth of experience working with marginalized populations and I believe she will form strong and successful connections with our families and students,鈥 Superintendent Andy Gardner said. 鈥淔urthermore, our new partnership with LBCC will create synergy between our two organizations for our current students, and many of their future students.鈥澛

Nava-Costales currently serves as the district鈥檚 Ombudsperson until she transitions into the executive director role on June 26. Prior to her work with GAPS, she worked at an outpatient clinic helping her patients navigate mental health crises, allowing her to bring a trauma informed lens to this complex work. She has a Master鈥檚 in Clinical Social Work from Portland State University, and a Bachelor鈥檚 in Ethnic Studies from the University of Oregon. Read more about Nava-Costales in this press release.聽

鈥淚t is an immense honor to have been selected to lead this work. I am excited to bring my knowledge and lived experience to this platform and collaborate with such passionate educators and staff,鈥 Nava-Costales said. 鈥淚 look forward to the growth and positive change we can create for all of our students within the district.鈥

Nava-Costales will also lead the Welcome Center, which provides space for GAPS families to receive assistance in Spanish.

In addition to the district鈥檚 new EDI executive director, an intergovernmental agreement with LBCC will allow the district to access the expertise of the Institutional Equity, Diversity and Inclusion unit that is being championed by Jason J. Dorsette, Chief Equity Officer and Executive Director at the College. Dorsette and his team will support GAPS’ equity efforts by assisting in the development of an agenda for an Equity Group, as well as provide informal guidance to the district’s EDI department. The team will also facilitate collaborative professional learning opportunities for GAPS’ employees to engage with LBCC employees as it relates to the development and implementation of an equity-centered recruitment and retention program for marginalized employees.聽

鈥淚 am thrilled for GAPS and LBCC to take our equity partnership to the next level through this agreement,鈥 said Dr. Lisa Avery, LBCC President. 鈥淛ason Dorsette鈥檚 contributions to the learning community for GAPS and LBCC employees will be valuable, and I鈥檓 also looking forward to close collaboration with Kelsey Nava-Costales in her new role.鈥 GAPS and LBCC have long collaborated on student success issues. 鈥淪tudents will directly benefit from our teams working directly together on a shared equity agenda,鈥 Avery added.

Jason J. Dorsette, Chief Equity Officer and Executive Director for Linn-Benton Community College

Jason J. Dorsette, Chief Equity Officer and Executive Director for Linn-Benton Community College

Dorsette will also provide guidance to GAPS on hiring processes and will develop a process focused towards the outcome of a representative workforce. Lastly, Dorsette will support GAPS schools as they respond to racial bias incidents.聽

“Greater Albany Public Schools (GAPS) is one of our college’s largest feeder school systems, and my team and I are excited to take part in strengthening our existing relationship with GAPS, using an equity lens as our compass,” Dorsette said. 鈥淢ost importantly, I applaud GAPS Superintendent Andy Gardner and LBCC President Lisa Avery for their innovative and collaborative approach to addressing our local educational equity challenges. I look forward to working with Executive Director Nava-Costales and their team.”

Dorsette is a PhD candidate in Oregon State University鈥檚 Language, Educational Policy, and Equity program. He also holds his bachelor of arts in history and middle grade education and a master鈥檚 in public policy and administration from North Carolina Central University. Civically, Dorsette serves as the President of the Linn Benton NAACP Branch and as the Vice Chair of the Community Services Consortium Advisory Board 鈥 a state designated community action agency that offers a wide range of programs and services that aim to support individuals that are experiencing housing issues, poverty, and food insecurities throughout Linn, Benton, and Lincoln counties.

鈥淕APS and LBCC have a shared goal of student success and continued learning within our community. Albany is growing and the demographics of our student population are changing each year. The partnership with LBCC aims to strengthen our community as a whole, widening our EDI efforts, encouraging higher graduation rates, increasing college preparedness and thus student success in the long term,鈥 Nava-Costales said. 鈥淕APS looks to build bridges beyond high school completion and create avenues for our students to flourish from kindergarten to adulthood.鈥澛

Nueva asociaci贸n de liderazgo para fortalecer los esfuerzos de equidad del distrito

La Srta. Nava-Costales actualmente se desempe帽a como Facilitadora Cultural y de Equidad del distrito hasta que haga la transici贸n al puesto de directora ejecutiva el 26 de junio. Antes de su trabajo con GAPS, trabaj贸 en una cl铆nica para pacientes ambulatorios, ayudando a sus pacientes a superar las crisis de salud mental, lo que le permiti贸 aportar una perspectiva informada sobre el trauma a este complejo trabajo. Tiene una Maestr铆a en Trabajo Social Cl铆nico de la Universidad Estatal de Portland y una Licenciatura en Estudios 脡tnicos de la Universidad de Oregon. Lea m谩s sobre Nava-Costales en este comunicado de prensa.聽

鈥淓s un inmenso honor haber sido seleccionada para liderar este trabajo. Estoy emocionada de traer mi conocimiento y experiencia vivida a esta plataforma y colaborar con educadores y personal tan apasionados鈥, dijo Nava-Costales. 鈥淓spero con ansias el crecimiento y el cambio positivo que podemos crear para todos nuestros estudiantes dentro del distrito鈥.

Nava-Costales tambi茅n dirigir谩 el Centro de Bienvenida, que brinda espacio para que las familias de GAPS reciban asistencia en espa帽ol.

Adem谩s de la nueva directora ejecutiva de EDI del distrito, un acuerdo intergubernamental con LBCC permitir谩 que el distrito acceda a la experiencia de la unidad de Equidad Institucional, Diversidad e Inclusi贸n, que est谩 siendo defendida por el Sr. Jason J. Dorsette, Director de Equidad y Director Ejecutivo del Colegio Superior. El Sr. Dorsette y su equipo apoyar谩n los esfuerzos de equidad de GAPS, al ayudar en el desarrollo de una agenda para un Grupo de Equidad, as铆 como brindar orientaci贸n informal al departamento de EDI del distrito. El equipo tambi茅n facilitar谩 oportunidades de aprendizaje profesional colaborativo, para que los empleados de GAPS interact煤en con los empleados de LBCC, en lo que respecta al desarrollo e implementaci贸n de un programa de contrataci贸n y retenci贸n centrado en la equidad para empleados marginados.

鈥淓stoy encantada de que GAPS y LBCC lleven nuestra asociaci贸n de capital al siguiente nivel a trav茅s de este acuerdo鈥, dijo la Dra. Lisa Avery, presidenta de LBCC. 鈥淟as contribuciones del Sr. Jason Dorsette a la comunidad de aprendizaje para los empleados de GAPS y LBCC ser谩n valiosas, y tambi茅n espero colaborar estrechamente con la Srta. Kelsey Nava-Costales en su nuevo cargo鈥. GAPS y LBCC han colaborado durante mucho tiempo en temas de 茅xito estudiantil. 鈥淟os estudiantes se beneficiar谩n directamente de que nuestros equipos trabajen directamente juntos en una agenda de equidad compartida鈥, agreg贸 la Sra. Avery.

El Sr. Dorsette tambi茅n brindar谩 orientaci贸n a GAPS sobre los procesos de contrataci贸n y desarrollar谩 un proceso centrado en el resultado de una fuerza laboral representativa. Por 煤ltimo, el Sr. Dorsette apoyar谩 a las escuelas de GAPS en su respuesta a los incidentes de prejuicios raciales.聽

“Las Escuelas P煤blicas de Greater Albany (GAPS, por sus siglas en ingl茅s) son uno de los sistemas de escuelas preparatorias m谩s grandes de nuestra universidad, y mi equipo y yo estamos emocionados de participar en el fortalecimiento de nuestra relaci贸n existente con GAPS, usando un lente de equidad como nuestra br煤jula”, dijo el Sr. Dorsette. 鈥淟o que es m谩s importante, aplaudo al superintendente de GAPS, Sr. Andy Gardner, y a la presidenta de LBCC, Sra. Lisa Avery, por su enfoque innovador y colaborativo para abordar nuestros desaf铆os de equidad educativa local. Espero trabajar con la directora ejecutiva Nava-Costales y su equipo”.

El Sr. Dorsette es candidato a doctorado en el programa de Idioma, Pol铆tica Educativa y Equidad de la Universidad Estatal de Oregon. Tambi茅n tiene una licenciatura en historia y educaci贸n de grado medio y una maestr铆a en pol铆tica p煤blica y administraci贸n de la Universidad Central de Carolina del Norte. Desde el punto de vista c铆vico, el Sr. Dorsette se desempe帽a como presidente de la sucursal NAACP de Linn Benton y como vicepresidente de la Junta Asesora del Consorcio de Servicios Comunitarios, una agencia de acci贸n comunitaria designada por el Estado, que ofrece una amplia gama de programas y servicios que tienen como objetivo apoyar a las personas que est谩n experimentando problemas de vivienda, pobreza e inseguridad alimentaria en los Condados de Linn, Benton y Lincoln.

鈥淕APS y LBCC tienen un objetivo compartido de 茅xito estudiantil y aprendizaje continuo dentro de nuestra comunidad. Albany est谩 creciendo y la demograf铆a de nuestra poblaci贸n estudiantil cambia cada a帽o. La asociaci贸n con LBCC tiene como objetivo fortalecer nuestra comunidad en su conjunto, ampliando nuestros esfuerzos de EDI, fomentando tasas de graduaci贸n m谩s altas, aumentando la preparaci贸n para la universidad y, por lo tanto, el 茅xito de los estudiantes a largo plazo鈥, dijo la Srta. Nava-Costales. 鈥淕APS busca construir puentes m谩s all谩 de la finalizaci贸n de la escuela preparatoria y crear v铆as para que nuestros estudiantes prosperen desde el K铆nder hasta la edad adulta鈥.聽