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During his nearly 20 years in education, Shay Mikalson has worked to provide exceptional education leadership in support of the building, implementation and investment in an education system that meets the diverse learning needs of every student and provides boundless opportunities that support individual student success. He has a proven track record of innovation and an unrelenting focus on student achievement.

Shay joined the Bend-La Pine Schools in July 2012 and became the Superintendent of Bend-La Pine Schools in 2015, responsible for the leadership, administration and management of approximately 18,700 students, 35 schools, 2,000 employees and a $190 million general fund budget. Prior to joining Bend-La Pine Schools Shay Mikalson was the Superintendent of the Redmond School District, also in Oregon.

Shay will be transitioning to the role of Chief Student Success Officer for the High Desert Education Service District at the end of this school year where he will lead Central Oregon’s development, implementation, and evaluation of Oregon’s Student Success Act–which passed in May, 2019–representing an historic investment in Oregon’s education system, bringing approximately $1 billion additional annual funding to Oregon schools and early childhood programs.

Shay Mikalson actively serves as a consultant to school leaders, schools, school districts and other organizations across Oregon and beyond undertaking system‐wide improvement strategies. He continues to teach graduate level teacher and administrative courses for Oregon State University, Lewis and Clark College, George Fox University and serves on numerous boards.

Shay Mikalson balances his professional passions with life as a devoted husband and the father of five children. You can also follow Shay on Twitter @http://twitter.com/shaymikalson or email him at shay.mikalson@me.com.

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