Described as a progressive leader with a strong work ethic and collaborative style, Grants Pass North Middle School Assistant Principal Diana MacKenzie has been selected as the next principal for Waldport High School beginning July 1.
MacKenzie was one of 29 applicants for the opening, and among seven individuals to be interviewed. She and two other finalists spent the afternoon of May 6 at the school, meeting with district-level administrators, students, staff and community members.
MacKenzie comes to Waldport with 20 years of teaching and school administration experience. Most recently, she has been assistant principal and athletic director at North Middle School in Grants Pass for the past two years; and she was site administrator at Grants Pass School District’s alternative high school for five years before that. She also has 10 years of education experience as an elementary teacher, middle school teacher, and substitute teacher in San Diego, Calif., and Austin, Tex.
Current WHS principal, Tyler Stiner, is leaving Lincoln County School District after serving for four years as a teacher at Taft High 7-12 in Lincoln City and two years as Waldport High School principal and district-wide English as Second Language administrator.