Principal's Message

Phone: 503-492-6700


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Ms. Elise Catanese

Hello Clear Creek Families and Community,

I am excited to be joining the Wildcat community and returning to Clear Creek Middle School as the new principal this year. I began my educational career in the Gresham-Barlow School district 23 years ago. Throughout my journey, I have taught science at both Damascus Middle School and Gordon Russell Middle School. After eight years of teaching, I transitioned to assistant principal at Clear Creek Middle School. I was at Clear Creek for two years before becoming the assistant principal at West Orient Middle School. I was at West Orient for thirteen years, three years as assistant principal and 10 years as principal. Now I have come full circle and returned to Clear Creek. I have to say that it feels great to be back and I’m looking forward to a new adventure. 

My main goal as an incoming principal is to create a positive school climate that is welcoming, safe, and fosters a sense of belonging for all students, staff, and the community. In addition, we will carry on with the great work, celebrations, and successes that have been part of the Clear Creek tradition.

Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. I look forward to meeting you all in the fall.

In the meantime, enjoy the remainder of your summer break!  


Elise Catanese

Principal, Clear Creek Middle School


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