About this episode

Let’s face it, leading school systems is isolating work. The expectations are often unrealistic, and the conditions are clearly becoming more difficult over time. While leaders can’t often publicly state their state of mind or emotional state, take it from us- their lives, hearts, and minds are strained. Something is different though about Mike Scott, superintendent of Hillsboro school district in the Portland metro area.

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Mike Scott has served in the Oregon public school system for more than 30 years. During that time, he has held the positions of classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal, and assistant superintendent. He is currently serving as the superintendent of the Hillsboro School District, and has been since 2009. As a classroom teacher, Mike worked to actively engage each student in the learning process. As an administrator, he received the Oregon Middle School Principal of the Year award in 2003 for his work at Poynter Middle School. Mike is the past president of the Oregon Middle Level Association, and was previously awarded Oregon State University College of Education’s Trendsetter Award.

About Jeff Rose, Vice President of Leadership Development at Cognia
Forward-thinking executive leader with over 20 years of education experience (3X Superintendent, Curriculum Director, Principal, & Classroom Teacher), primed to support leaders in their pursuit of solving the most complicated educational problems of practice.