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July 24, 2013

New Oregon School for the Deaf Director Announced

(Salem, Ore.) –Deputy Superintendent Rob Saxton today announced that Dr. Sharla Jones has been hired to serve as Director for the Oregon School for the Deaf (OSD). Dr. Jones most recently served as Supervising Teacher and Academic Principal at OSD and replaces Patti Togioka who retired in June.

“Sharla has been an instructional leader at the Oregon School for the Deaf for a number of years and she knows the school, the students, and the Oregon Deaf community well,” said Deputy Superintendent Rob Saxton. “Her experience and passion will be an incredible asset as we continue to improve instruction, supports, services, and outcomes at the school. The students at OSD arrive with an array of unique challenges, but Sharla sees beyond those challenges to the potential and promise in each student. I look forward to working with Sharla and the rest of the OSD staff on providing these students and their families with the highest quality education and supports possible.”

As Director for the Oregon School for the Deaf, Dr. Jones will be responsible for management of the daily operations of the school. This includes oversight of the education, recreation, and nutrition programs, school administration, budget management, supervision of department heads, school maintenance, and setting the overall goals and direction for the school. Dr. Jones will serve on several advisory boards related to services for the deaf community and will work closely with staff, the OSD Site Council, the Oregon Department of Education, parents, students, and community partners on improving services and supports to deaf and hard of hearing students in Oregon.

“I believe the Oregon School for the Deaf is on the cusp of change,” said Sharla Jones. “This a school that has untapped potential to serve the whole state of Oregon as a resource and be the impetus for improving Deaf Education as a whole. I want to be part of that change and to inspire educators and students to achieve greatness.”

Sharla Jones served as OSD’s Supervising Teacher and Academic Principal since 2008 and was responsible for overseeing teaching staff, daily instruction, curriculum, assessment, and teacher training among other duties. Prior to coming to the School for the Deaf, Sharla served as an adjunct professor at Pasadena City College, teaching remedial English courses for deaf adults. She has also served as an adjunct professor, researcher, and interpreter at a number of colleges and universities in California and Utah. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Brigham Young University in Utah and a Doctorate in Education from UCLA. She earned her administrator’s credentials at Portland State.

The Oregon School for the Deaf is a public residential school serving Oregon students who are deaf and hard of hearing. OSD serves approximately 110 students from Kindergarten through age 21 on a 52-acre campus in Salem. Slightly more than half of the students reside on campus during the school year; the rest attend day programs only. The Oregon School for the Deaf provides a complete American Sign Language immersion model with signed and oral instruction by certified teachers for the deaf with distinct elementary, middle, high, and adult transition programs. The Oregon School for the Deaf was established in 1870 and has been at its current location since 1910.

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

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