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Tillamook School District Welcomes Matthew Ellis as New Superintendent: A Visionary Leader for a Bright Future

In a recent announcement, Tillamook School District revealed that Matthew Ellis had been chosen as the new superintendent. With an impressive background in education, including previous superintendent roles, Ellis is set to assume his position on July 1. The selection process involved extensive collaboration with the board and Human Capital Enterprises, ensuring the identification of a qualified and suitable candidate.

A Promising Addition to Tillamook School District

During a special board meeting held on May 1, 2023, the Tillamook School District Board of Directors unveiled their selection of Matthew Ellis as the incoming superintendent. The announcement was met with enthusiasm and optimism, as Ellis brings a wealth of experience and a passion for education to the position. His official start date is July 1, allowing for a smooth transition and preparation for the upcoming academic year.

Ellis expressed his excitement about joining the Tillamook School District and shared his thoughts on the opportunity. After becoming aware of the superintendent opening, he and his wife spent little time applying for the position. Ellis believed in the district’s mission and shared the Tillamook School Board’s dedication to equipping every student with the necessary skills to become successful contributors in a rapidly evolving world.

A Track Record of Leadership and Experience

Matthew Ellis’s selection as superintendent is a testament to his proven leadership abilities and extensive experience in education. Before his appointment in Tillamook, he served as the superintendent of the Prosser School District in Prosser, Washington. Ellis has held various roles throughout his career, including superintendent for Lind-Ritzville Cooperative Schools in Washington State, high school principal, assistant principal, and high school teacher. His diverse background and comprehensive understanding of educational dynamics make him a valuable addition to Tillamook School District.

An Extensive and Collaborative Selection Process

The decision to appoint Matthew Ellis followed a rigorous and inclusive selection process in collaboration with the Tillamook Board of Directors and Human Capital Enterprises. The involvement of Human Capital Enterprises brought valuable expertise and ensured a thorough evaluation of the candidates. Stakeholder focus groups, comprising over a dozen participants, were conducted along with one-on-one meetings with board members to identify the desired qualities and characteristics of the ideal superintendent.

Out of the initial pool of 16 applicants, ten candidates underwent preliminary interviews for board review. Following this stage, six individuals progressed to virtual discussions with the board. The selection was narrowed down to two finalists who participated in comprehensive assessments, including community, staff, and student interviews, administrator listening sessions, and a final interview with the board.

With Matthew Ellis as their new superintendent, Tillamook School District can look forward to continued educational excellence and the pursuit of its mission to empower students for a changing world. The district eagerly anticipates the positive impact and visionary leadership that Ellis will bring to the students, staff, and community.




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