Steve Emmert, Principal
spending my first three years in college majoring in Psychology and
voluntarily working with troubled youth, I realized that my calling was
to educate young people. Education, after all, is one way for people of
all ages to create options and to achieve their goals. As Robert Frost
once stated in my favorite poem, The Road Not Taken, "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I - I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference." Education provides a way for young people to take the road less traveled if they so desire.
to graduating from college, Sandi and I spent a semester teaching high
school in Eleuthera, Bahamas, providing our first glimpse into a more
global perspective of education. In 1983, I graduated from Corban
University and Western Oregon University and moved with my wife, Sandi,
and our son, Chad, to Medford, Oregon to teach high school English at
Cascade Christian High School. After teaching for one year I was
offered a job in Sweet Home, Oregon, teaching English and coaching
volleyball. Sandi and I spent the next twenty-two years there educating
young people, coaching, working in ministry at Community Chapel and
raising our three children, Chad, Ty, and Nicki. When our children were
all beyond their elementary years, in 2000, I moved into the world of
school administration working first as a middle school Assistant
Principal then moving back to Sweet Home High School serving as their
Athletic Director and Assistant Principal.
spite of having solid positions in Sweet Home education and the deep
friendships we had built over the years, after all of our children had
graduated from high school, Sandi and I felt a tug and began exploring
the idea of moving closer to the Portland area. I was fascinated with
all that I saw happening in Sherwood education and was excited to join
the administrator team in the fall of 2006. Looking back, each step of
my journey in some way prepared me for where I am today.
and I live in Sherwood and love being a part of this community. All
three of our children are happily married, we have one amazing
grandson, Jake, and three more on the way. We work at staying healthy, and we love to read, explore Portland, hike, snow ski, water
ski, horseback ride, and spend time with family and friends. I am one
of the fortunate few who loves going to work every day and loves going
home every night.
Laurel Ridge, we value many things, one being intentional preparation.
We believe that preparing our students for high school and the work
force is one of our primary responsibilities, so we work on prioritizing
and investing time and energy in that task using a proficiency-based system of teaching and learning.
research shows that the teacher and the quality of instruction
delivered in the classroom are the most important factors in student
achievement. The most effective way to improve classroom instruction is
through structured teacher collaboration, so we are thankful for the
collaborative time that occurs on our early release days. James (Doc) Councilman, a former swimming coach, once said, "Develop a state of
mind that will concern itself with everyone on the team, then you will
have more than your share of champions, and fewer of these champions
will have a distorted idea of their own importance."
addition, we work to help our students discover their responsibility in
bettering our world locally and globally. At Laurel Ridge, we work to
help our students understand and accept one another as unique
individuals, to give back to the community in which they live, and to
reach out to our global community.
appreciate the gift of working with an amazing staff at Laurel Ridge
Middle School and a committed group of parents and community members in
Sherwood. Together, we will continue to make great things happen for
our young people.