Office of the


Dr. Ryan Carpenter




Twitter: @EstacadaCarp

Denise Pemberton

Executive Assistant to the Superintendent

503-630-6871 (ext. 2907)


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About Ryan Carpenter

Ryan Carpenter has served as the Superintendent of the Estacada School District since July of 2017. He joined the Estacada team as a social studies teacher and baseball coach during the fall of 2009. Carpenter started his education career in 2006 as a high school social studies teacher and coach at Grant Union High School located in the beautiful John Day, Oregon.

A native of Oregon, Dr. Carpenter grew up in Gresham and graduated from Centennial High School. He earned his Doctorate in Educational Leadership & Policy at Portland State University, a Master of Arts in Teaching from Concordia University (Portland), and a Bachelor of Arts in history from Eastern Oregon University. Ryan Carpenter has also earned a Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate from the Management and Strategy Institute.

Dr. Carpenter has a vast array of experience and honors in his 15-year career in public education in Oregon serving as a superintendent, high school principal, vice-principal, athletic director, teacher, and coach. He is a member of the Oregon School Activities Association Delegate Assembly, has served on the Oregon Department of Education’s textbook adoption selection committee, and is a member of the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators, American Educational Research Association, and the School Superintendents Association.

Dr. Carpenter was recently recognized by the National School Public Relations Association as a 2021 Top Superintendent to Watch . In 2016 Oregon Future Business Leaders of America Principal of the Year. Also in 2016, he was recognized as a School Emergency Preparedness Leader by the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA). The Estacada Chamber of Commerce awarded Mr. Carpenter the 2018 School Employee of the Year. In 2008, 2009, and 2014 Carpenter was recognized as The Coach of The Year by the Eastern Oregon and Tri-Valley Leagues.

While serving as Superintendent, the Estacada School District has also received accolades for organizational excellence. In 2020, the Estacada School District was honored as one of only nineteen school districts in the United States to be recognized as a Model PLC District by Solution Tree. Estacada Schools also achieved the highest honors from its employees and in 2020 & 2021 was selected for The Oregonian's Top Workplaces in the State of Oregon. For 6 consecutive years, Estacada High School has also been recognized as a "Top High School" by US News and World Reports.

Dr. Carpenter has presented at local, regional, state, and national conferences and is a published author in professional journals. He is a hands-on leader who regularly visits classrooms, athletic events, music performances, and community events. Dr. Carpenter has become a leader in the implementation of DuFour Model PLCs and instilling a collaborative culture inside the teaching and learning environment. He has also been recognized as a leader who implements Improvement Science Methodology and Evidence-Based Leadership to effect transformational change within the district. Ryan Carpenter is also involved in the community through many civic organizations and is a regularly attending member of the Estacada Chamber of Commerce.

Ryan Carpenter lives in the Estacada School District and is married to his wife of 13 years (Amy). They have three children, all of who are enrolled in Estacada Schools. Carpenter enjoys hunting, fishing, and camping with his family.

What Makes Estacada Schools Different

Estacada Schools have a strong tradition of developing successful people and a remarkable promise for the future.

Everyday we look forward to working with our students, families and community members. Expectations for performance have never been higher for our students and staff. We are fully committed to continued improvement for every member of our team. Our community can be proud of the results. We are on a journey to being best in class.

Our "on-time" graduation rate is at record high levels (85%), this is an 11% increase over three years. We continue to climb the ranks of best high schools in Oregon (32nd best high school in Oregon). Estacada High School has moved up 32 places over the last three years. We our experiencing academic growth at high levels, reported by the State of Oregon Report Card. All students are experiencing more time in the general education classroom setting, with their peers, and at their neighborhood schools. The Estacada School District no longer secludes, "pulls out," or segregates students from their classrooms based on learning styles and social or emotional disabilities. We offer first rate career technical education to our students with options and choices that rival bigger school districts. Our student, parent and staff satisfaction ratings are high. Financially we are strong!

The Estacada School District is steadfast and unwavering in 4 key academic paradigms that we believe attribute to these accelerated successes:

The strength of our schools rests within our people and our programming. We are in the process of building a continuous improvement mindset in all departments, in all schools, and in each classroom.

Our team of teachers, staff members, and leaders are focused on increasing the quality of our results. Our students and families are dependent on our ability to prepare students well for college and technical programming after high school. Our community and our state are dependent on our ability to prepare each student to engage well in a rapidly changing economy. The challenge is significant. Our commitment is high.

Our strategic work is focused on strengthening our ability to connect with each learner, personalize the learning experience, and maximize our ability to connect all available resources to become innovators within public education. While not easy, we stand committed to improve upon what we do each day to work with our students as we all learn, grow, lead and succeed.



School District Scorecard - Evidence-Based Leadership

The Executive Board of Directors charges its superintendent to execute the mission, vision, and values of the Estacada School District. These standards for excellence are contained within the school district's strategic plan which is a comprehensive document built and developed by Estacada community members, partners, parents, students, and employees.

Any strategic plan's value depends on the level of definition, precision, and direction it offers for achieving the most important results. This district scorecard is the central communication tool that lets our community know its schools' priorities, and people can see how their actions help the district maximize performance in effectively reaching its strategic plan goals.

The Estacada School District conducts short 90-day cycles of improvement to achieve desired results through the methodologies of Improvement Science and an Evidence-Based Leadership Framework.

2021 Estacada School District Scorecard

2022 Estacada School Disrict Scorecard (Active)

Superintendent Scorecard - Evidence-Based Leadership

The Scorecard of the Superintendent runs from January to January. Its purpose is to measure the outcomes of the Estacada School District's five-year Strategic Plan. This scorecard serves as 50% of the Superintendent's overall evaluation. It is publicly displayed to the Estacada Community for transparency, accountability, and evidence of progress toward the community's vision for its school district. The superintendent conducts 90-day short cycles of improvement to monitor, measure, and manage the effectiveness of systems inside the school district.

2020 Superintendent Accountability Scorecard

2021 Superintendent Accountability Scorecard

2022 Superintendent Accountability Scorecard (Active)

Superintendent Leader Action Plans (Continuous Improvement)

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Employee Forums

All Estacada Schools employees are encouraged to attend our upcoming Employee Forums. On the second Thursday of each month, come connect with Superintendent Carpenter and receive important updates on hot topics inside and outside our organization. There will be dedicated time for Q&A and two-way communication. All meetings will be hosted on Zoom.

Follow Superintendent Carpenter on Twitter @EstacadaCarp