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January 22, 2013

Woodburn Superintendent to Join Department of Ed

David Bautista announced as new Assistant Superintendent

(Salem, Ore.)
–Deputy Superintendent Rob Saxton today announced that David Bautista, Superintendent of the Woodburn School District, will be joining the Oregon Department of Education as an Assistant Superintendent starting April 8.

“I am thrilled to welcome David to our leadership team,” said Deputy Superintendent Rob Saxton. “He brings extensive experience in providing services to English Language Learners paired with a solid understanding of federal programs and instructional supports. If we are truly to build the education system our students and our state deserve, we must tackle our achievement gap head on. David has the passion, the expertise, and the on-the-ground know-how to help lead this critical work.”

As one of ODE’s Assistant Superintendents, David will lead the effort to improve English Language Learner programs and outcomes state-wide. He will also be responsible for overseeing federal Title programs including civil rights law and programs which serve our low-income students and schools. David will work closely with ODE leadership as well as school and district leaders on building the structures and systems to support success for all learners.

“The world is changing, and the Oregon Department of Education recognizes that our students need skills that will enable them to compete at a global level,” said David Bautista. “I look forward to using my experience working with traditionally underserved populations to ensure all students will succeed academically and professionally.”

David has served as the Superintendent of the Woodburn School District since 2010. Prior to that, he served as the Director of Instructional Services in the Salem-Keizer School District for three years. He has also directed the Bilingual, English as a Second Language, and Migrant Education programs for both the Salem-Keizer and Woodburn School Districts. Prior to coming to Oregon, David served as a program director and an assistant principal in Arizona. He is a former President of the Oregon Association for Bilingual Education and co-founder of the Association for Multicultural and Multilingual Education.

David received two undergraduate degrees from the University of Guadalajara, Mexico. He then went on to receive a Master of Arts in Bilingual-Bicultural Education and an Education Specialist certification in Multilingual-Multicultural Education, both from the University of Arizona, Tucson. His Doctoral Studies are on language, reading, and culture, and his final thesis is in progress.

Rob Saxton, Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction
Crystal Greene, Communications Director, Telephone (503) 947-5650

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