Greetings! My name is Jeff Clark and I am the superintendent of Amity School District. Prior to coming here in the summer of 2012, I worked at several other districts across the state of Oregon. I began my career as a Science teacher in Dufur School District and had my first administrative position at Alsea as the 7-12 principal and athletic director. In 2003 I became the Superintendent at Cove School District. During my nine years there I also functioned at AD at times and the elementary principal. Lots of hats and a hectic schedule at times, but a great experience. Coming to Amity has been a smooth change as there are many cultural and educational similarities to my previous schools. I appreciate the conservative values and strong support that the community offers the schools.
One of the questions that is often asked of administrators is what our philosophy of education is. This is a very broad subject, but in its simplest form, I believe that we aim to prepare students to be successful in whatever career path they choose. However, in a more overarching sense, my philosophy of life provides a structure for all other areas. It is a simple approach, one that I shared with the staff at the beginning of the year as something I expect everyone to do.
A Winning Approach
This is the approach I take to all aspects of life....and it works. I have coached, parented, and worked with this mindset. It puts us in a continual improvement mode, marked with the ability to take criticism and feedback and use it to better ourselves. We should never be satisfied with our current level of performance. If we approach education this way, Amity will become the best possible school it can be....and that is my goal.
About your superintendent
Attended Warner Pacific College from 1988-1992
Majored in Biology, minored in Chemistry and Athletic Training
Masters degree from Portland St
Admin certificates through both PSU and Lewis & Clark
Married for 21 years to Natalie
Five children, ages 10-19
Classes taught: Biology, Advanced Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Algebra, Business Math, Computer Applications, StRUT, Global Studies.
Coached HS baseball and basketball, MS basketball, youth football and baseball.
Favorite teams: LA Angels, Dallas Cowboys, Portland Trailblazers, USC Trojans (college football)
Went on first roller coaster ride ever in 2010....held breath the whole time!
Loves to play Settlers of Catan, Dominion, Scrabble, cards of all kinds, and fantasy football!
Coffee drink: Peppermint Americano with cream and Truvia.
Ice cream: Tillamook peppermint
Food: Cheesecake and some Greek custard dessert that Iro makes that blows my mind!
Music groups: David Crowder Band, White Stripes, Little River Band, Huey Lewis & The News
Author: Steven Lawhead, Daniel Silva, Vince Flynn, Brad Thor
#2: SB 290
#3: School funding