Tim Rupp hired as EPHS vice principal

Tim Rupp
Tim Rupp

Tim Rupp has been hired as a vice-principal at Eagle Point High School. The position became open with the resignation of Bill Taylor effective at the end of the current school year.

"We are excited to announce that Mr. Tim Rupp will be joining our staff
next year as an assistant principal at Eagle Point High School," said
Principal Allen Barber.  Rupp was one of seven highly qualified
applicants interviewed for the position, chosen from a pool of 25
candidates from all over the country including Alaska, North Carolina,
and California.
   
Rupp brings to the high school 19 years of
experience as an advanced math teacher and administrator in several
different capacities. For the past six years he has led staff
development around best practices to help improve teaching and increase
student success leading staff towards significantly improving student
test scores school wide. Rupp conducted nationwide research surrounding
small schools and professional learning communities and served as a
leader in school-wide reform, most recently as the Small Schools
Coordinator at South Medford High School.  Currently he is the lead
teacher for the Art Discovery Small School and chair of the math
department at South.
   
Prior to coming to South 10 years ago, he was a middle school instructor for nine years at Roseburg.
   
"D9
administration and union representatives have created an atmosphere
that is very inviting to prospective staff," said Barber. "We are
committed to district wide improvement and are highly supportive of
improved student success which drives our philosophy of hiring the best
teacher for the position."   Barber said Jackson County School District
#9 is the second highest paying District in the Rogue Valley.  "New
teachers want to become a part of the D9 family."
   
Committee
members noted that Rupp brings a passion for students, and a breadth
and depth of knowledge that will be a fantastic addition to the high
school team. One of the primary goals of Eagle Point High School is
raising student test scores. His  extensive experience in this area
will be very beneficial in achieving this objective. Rupp’s years of
experience in the classroom and dedication to students as well as his
willingness to be used wherever he has the greatest impact on students
impressed several committee members.
   
Rupp has a bachelor’s
degree from Southern Oregon University, a master’s in secondary
education and advanced math from Western Oregon University and earned
his administrative license from Southern Oregon University.
   
"I’ve
been looking for the opportunity to be an instructional leader. I have 
worked with Cynda Rickert and knowing she has a strong vision prompted
me to apply," said rupp. He said meeting with the interview committee
made him realize there were a lot of good things being brought to the
table and he felt he could become part of the team to improve the high
school and district. "Everything seems to be moving in the right
direction and I want to be part of that."
   
Rupp is married and has a son in middle school and a daughter who will be a junior next year.
   
Other
new hires to Eagle Point High School for the ’08-’09 school year
including: Jacob Schauffler (Head Football/Advanced Math) from Phoenix
High School, Megan Williamson (Spanish) from Ashland, Kathy Alexander
(Advanced Math) from Shady Cove, and Carroll Newcomb (Family and
Consumer Science) from Eagle Point.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent

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