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Lou Bailey, Executive Director of Secondary Programs


Lou Bailey 
Executive Director of Secondary Programs 


Lou Bailey knew he wanted to be a principal after his third year of teaching. “Being a leader of a school is a special opportunity to shape the futures of both students and teachers.”


“First it starts with listening in order to build relationships,” said Bailey. “Listening, supporting, and being that go-to person for principals. That is what I am like about my position.” Bailey is responsible for supporting the four secondary principals and their school communities in his position as Executive Director of Secondary Programs.


Before joining LOSD July 1, 2018, Bailey was the principal at Hillsboro High School. In partnership with his peers, he was an integral part in developing and implementing their restorative practices–beginning with reframing the language around discipline. “Building an inclusive culture is a process. When we focus on having a growth mindset and working from an asset-based perspective, it is much easier to engage our equity lens whenever we make decisions,” said Bailey.


According to Bailey, Hillsboro’s focus on culturally responsive teaching and learning was the starting point for their work around restorative practices. “What does an equitable classroom look like? Where are the students’ voices? Are culturally diverse students accessing high level classes? Those are the questions we were asking.”


Bailey is admired by his former colleagues. According to Kathe Monroe, director of human resources at West Linn-Wilsonville Schools, “Parents should know first and foremost how much Lou cares about kids. How engaged and present he is in their lives. As a parent, I would be happy to know that the interest he takes in the well being of my children is genuine. And, that on his watch, they would thrive, and they would be well prepared for the future. I would not let his sometimes "laid back" style fool anyone. Lou pays attention to the details and he wants students to succeed to their fullest potential. As a principal, Lou is about as present as they get. He commits to that every day,” said Monroe.


West Linn-Wilsonville’s assistant superintendent Aaron Downs says “Lou truly loves working in schools. He has great discernment and loves to support all aspects of a student's educational experience. He is extremely supportive and does have a great sense of humor.”


With more than 25 years of experience as a site administrator for Hillsboro, Korea International High School, West Linn-Wilsonville, Canby, and three districts in California, Bailey brings a depth of experience and a multitude of perspectives to this position.


Bailey received his Bachelors of Science in Language Arts/Writing from Western Oregon State College and his Masters of Arts in School Administration for California State University, San Bernardino.


Bailey and his wife Jen, an elementary principal in Beaverton, live in West Linn. Travel is their hobby but golf is his distraction.