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GBSD's Amy Nimz named Oregon's Assistant Principal of the Year

October 31, 2019

Gresham-Barlow School District's Amy Nimz named Oregon's Assistant Principal of the Year

Amy Nimz

Dexter McCarty Middle School Assistant Principal Amy Nimz has been named the 2020 Assistant Principal of the Year by the Oregon Association of Secondary School Administrators (OASSA) and the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators (COSA). The announcement was made during a school assembly at Dexter McCarty Middle School on October 31.

Nimz has served in her current role for the last seven years; previously, she was a middle school teacher at Clear Creek Middle School.

“I am excited to be recognizing Amy Nimz for her commitment to student learning,” said COSA President and Gresham-Barlow Deputy Superintendent James Hiu. “She is representative of the many administrators throughout the state that devote countless hours to ensuring our students receive an education that allows them to achieve their dreams.” 

As Assistant Principal, Nimz has championed a significant expansion of the AVID program for 7th and 8th grade students in an effort to better educate traditionally underserved students at McCarty Middle School. She serves on the district-level AVID Leadership Team for the Gresham-Barlow School District, providing leadership, guidance, and professional development throughout implementation of the program. She also led the implementation of a “Strategies for Success” class that all 6th grade students receive. 

“Throughout her career, Amy Nimz has demonstrated her expertise in teaching and learning,” said Gresham-Barlow Superintendent Dr. A. Katrise Perera. “As an assistant principal, she co-leads the work of developing and implementing systems that support students so they can learn, grow, and be successful. She genuinely cares about the work we are doing and is committed to our mission of inspiring and empowering each student.” 

Nimz has played a significant role in implementing Gresham-Barlow’s Culturally Responsive Teaching and Teacher Clarity professional development programs. She was nominated in part because of her work leading school-wide practices that recognize the functions of culture, the impacts of poverty, and how trauma affects student learning. 

“Perhaps the best thing about Amy is her ability to work with and relate to students. She gets it. She is exceptional at taking a difficult situation and using a calming, positive approach to bring a resolution,” said John George, Principal at McCarty Middle School. “She is as dedicated to her profession and her job as anyone I’ve had the pleasure to work with.” 

Nimz will be honored with a formal presentation at the 2020 COSA Annual Conference in Seaside in June. She will also be recognized at the National Association of Secondary School Principals Conference in July in Baltimore, and is in the running for the national Assistant Principal of the Year Award, which annually recognizes outstanding middle level and high school assistant principals who have succeeded in providing high quality learning opportunities for students.