Hello, I Must Be Going...

This weekend I shared with the Meriwether Lewis School communty that I would be retiring from Portland Public Schools and taking a position with the Evergreen School District in Vancouver, Washington as Director of Digital Learning.

 It is very difficult to leave a place that you have grown to love. While excited for the new opportunity with the Evergreen School District, it is with a bit of sadness that I say goodbye to Lewis. To all of the staff, students, and parents I have had the honor to have worked with,  I want to say thank you all for the opportunity to have served as your principal.


Dear Lewis Community,
I have had the distinct honor and privilege of serving as principal of Lewis Elementary School for the past 13 years. The trust placed in me by staff, students, and families is something that I don’t believe I can ever replicate or replace. Today I am announcing my retirement from Lewis Elementary, and Portland Public Schools. I have accepted a position as Director of Digital Leaning with the Evergreen School District, in Vancouver, Wa.

This is a difficult decision, but one that I have made after lengthy consideration. I am sad to leave such a dedicated and talented staff, and the wonderful students and families that bring out the best in them. Lewis is a special place, and the work that staff is doing is exceptional. I will miss my daily visits to classrooms, and my interactions with the staff, students, and families of Lewis, but look forward to following your work and keeping pace with your achievements. I also plan to bring my granddaughter by to play on our new playground, so I’ll be around. 

Portland Public Schools has appointed, Helen Nolan, a PPS retired administrator, to be the interim principal to serve at Lewis for the 2016-2017 school year. Ms. Nolan is a very experienced principal, serving most recently at Buckman Elementary and Sellwood Middle School before retiring in 2009.  Ms. Nolan will be in the building on August 8. The process for selecting a new principal will begin in January next year. 

I thank you all for your support and kindness over the years, and thank you for the opportunity to have served as your principal. 

Best wishes,

Tim Lauer