Human Resources Director Selected

  • After a national search, Tigard-Tualatin School District (TTSD) Superintendent Dr. Sue Rieke-Smith announced today that Lenichtka “Len” Reed will be the District’s new Director of Human Resources beginning July 1, 2023. Reed, serving currently as the District’s Associate Director of Human Resources, will step into the position held currently by Debbie Ebert who announced she is retiring at the end of the 2022-2023 school year. 

    “Len stood out as our clear choice to fill this important role with our district at a critical time for us and education,” said Superintendent Rieke-Smith. “In her time with TTSD, she has been transformative in creating pathways for growth and in creating innovative practices for recruitment and retention. In partnership with Director Ebert, Len has focused on prioritizing employee engagement, career development, and retention coming out of the pandemic. Her commitment to building and sustaining a diverse and inclusive workforce aligned in a collective commitment to student success will prove a seamless transition into the director’s role.” 

    As Associate Director of HR, Reed’s accomplishments include launching TTSD’s “Grow Our Own” diverse educators pathway program. This program is dedicated to increasing the number of teachers of color in the district by intentional recruitment of staff and students and providing educational opportunities and mentorship. TTSD has gained five educators of color through the “Grow Our Own” process and currently, more than 30 candidates of color are pursuing their teacher’s licenses. 

    In her commitment to building a healthy and inclusive staff culture, Reed also led the establishment of TTSD’s first Colleagues of Color group which paved the way for the LGBTQ+ staff affinity groups. She has contributed to creating and sustaining a strong staff wellness program that prioritizes employees' physical, and mental well-being and sense of belonging.

    “I am excited to take on this new role and honored to advance the district’s work dedicated to building and sustaining a welcoming and inclusive workforce,” said Reed. “I look forward to working in partnership with our administrators and associations to create a culture, throughout our district, where staff feels valued, seen, heard, and empowered.  By improving employee engagement,  our staff will be better invested to care for our ever-growing diverse student population and our students will see themselves in our educators.”

    Reed joined TTSD in 2019 after serving as a middle school administrator at both Gladstone School District and Portland Public Schools. Before coming to Oregon, she served as a teacher, then as administrator for California-based school districts where she was named the 2010 Administrator of the Year at Hemet Unified School District. 

    She holds a BA in Liberal Studies from California State University and her MA in Education Administration from the University of Redlands in California. Reed earned her professional Human Capital Leader in Education (pHCLE) certification through the American Association of School Personnel Administrators (AASPA). She currently serves as Chair of the AASPA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, providing professional development focused on recruitment and retention strategies. She also serves as secretary of the Oregon Alliance of Black School Educators. 

     

Len Reed