December 19, 2017

MAT Alumna Yvonne Curtis Named PPS Deputy Superintendent

In her new position, Curtis will oversee various departments and programs including Curriculum and Instruction, Student Support Services, and School Performance. Curtis will begin her position with PPS on January 2, 2018.
  • Alumna Yvonne Curtis, Elementary MAT '97, joins PPS as deputy superintendent.
    Photo by Mike Tokito

On December 18, Portland Public Schools’ Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero introduced Dr. Yvonne Curtis as the PPS Deputy Superintendent of Instruction and School Communities. This new position is part of the superintendent’s plan to reorganize the central office to improve academic achievement and outcomes for PPS students.

“It’s an amazing opportunity to work with a superintendent so ready to focus Portland Public Schools on teaching and learning,” said Dr. Curtis. “Together, we’ll identify the brilliance in the system for parents, teachers and staff, and leaders. We’ll work to build professional learning communities. We’ll also invite parents and communities to join in our work to achieve a shared vision, where every student graduates with a path to college or career.”

“I am thrilled that Dr. Curtis is joining my leadership team,” said Guerrero. “We share a deep belief that with an intentional focus on teaching and learning and a systemic approach to supporting school communities, we can positively impact student outcomes. We are optimistic that PPS can become the premier school district in Oregon and grow to become one of the top urban districts in the country.”

Visit Portland Public Schools’ web site for the full announcement.