Hello McKinley Families and Staff,
It is my joy to serve as the principal of your school. My teaching career began in 1994 in Oakland, California as a middle school special education teacher. In 2006, my family moved to Beaverton, where I became a special education teacher at Mountain View Middle School. I have been a school administrator since 2012. Before being selected to lead McKinley Elementary, I was a high school assistant principal at Gresham High School and Westview High School. I am honored to follow in the footsteps of recent McKinley principal Annie Pleau who continues her work today as a respected principal in our school district.
I am also humbled by the smallness of my place in the human history of this community. Our school and community are located on land that for thousands of years was home to Native American Tualatin tribes. American pioneers began settling this region following the Lewis & Clark expedition of 1804 and the opening of the Oregon Trail in 1841. Oregon quickly became a state in 1859. And only thirty years later in 1889, two German-American brothers built the original one-room wooden schoolhouse that would eventually be named McKinley Elementary. Today, the children that pass through McKinley’s school doors every morning are more economically, socially, and culturally diverse than at any time in its 130-year history. McKinley teachers and staff recognize the beauty of this community and are proud to be a part of the lives of your families and the rich legacy of this school.
Being a teacher today is more difficult than it has ever been before. The same can be said of being a parent. I thank all of you, parents and teachers, for rallying together every day with love and patience for one another, in order to achieve our goal of educating every single one of our children.
Aki Mori, Principal