WENATCHEE — Thursday’s Wenatchee schools superintendent finalist interviewee is Paul Gordon, who has been superintendent of Glen Ellyn School District in Illinois since 2013.
He is the third and final candidate to visit the district for second-round interviews. He was preceded by Michael Musick, Lake Oswego interim superintendent who visited Tuesday, and Lake Pend Oreille Superintendent Shawn Woodward who visited Wednesday.
Gordon has a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Minnesota’s Metropolitan State University, a master’s degree in education administration and supervision from the University of Phoenix and a doctorate in educational leadership and change from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California.
He started his now 16-year career in education as an English and reading teacher, working with students who were reading below grade level. He later accepted posts as principal and assistant principal.
Before taking on his current job, he was the chief academic officer in the Adams 12 Five Star School District in Colorado, a district with more than 42,000 students. He oversaw curriculum and instruction, innovation, grants, professional development, student services and strategic planning.
According to information provided by the Wenatchee School District:
Gordon is committed to inclusion for all students and students at the forefront of all decisions. Glen Ellyn students are educationally prepared, globally conscious, bilingual, critical thinkers and problem-solvers who embrace challenges through inquiry-based learning. He believes learning is an active experience and students must have opportunities and access to engage in their education.
He is a strong academic leader with experience in school finance, facilities and the ability to collaborate with business, university and governmental partners.
He sees relationship-building as critical to a district’s success, which includes connections with board, staff, students, parents and the community.
In Glen Ellyn, the school board voted 4-3 last month to allow Gordon’s contract expire at the end of the current school year.
Gordon also was a candidate for the Lake Washington School District superintendent job in June.