New administrator to head Oak Grove Academy

Gales Creek – Christa Slaughter will take over as Oak Grove Academy’s administrator on July 1, replacing Cassie Kenney, who is moving on to become Forest Grove School District’s Student Services Coordinator. 
 
According to David Warner, FGSD communications director, Slaughter has been with Oak Grove Academy for three years as a mental health specialist.
 
Oak Grove Academy is a therapeutic program serving students from Forest Grove, Banks, and Hillsboro School Districts with social-emotional needs, behavioral concerns, and developmental disabilities. The program is housed at the former Gales Creek Elementary School and at Tom McCall in Forest Grove. 
 
Prior to working at the Forest Grove School District, Slaughter, who holds a bachelors degree in Health Education and a masters degree in Counseling Psychology, was a skills trainer and therapist for the Professional Therapeutic Community Network in Salem, and with the United States Marine Reserves. 
 
According to Warner, Slaughter grew up in Washington and has lived in Oregon since 2008. 
 
“Christa loves working with the staff and students at Oak Grove Academy and Forest Grove School District,” said Warner in an email to the Journal. “Next year, Christa will work closely with [previous administrator Cassie Kenney] to continue with the mission and vision of Oak Grove Academy.”
 
According to the Oak Grove Academy’s website, the school’s mission statement reads “Oak Grove Academy believes that all students can experience growth and it is our mission to teach students skills for success across all settings to enable them to successfully participate in post-secondary education, meaningful employment, and integration into the community.”
 
Warner continued on to say that Slaughter will continue the “positive relationships forged between the school and the community” in the last year, including participation in the Gales Creek Garden Club’s annual plant sale. 
 

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David Warner, FGSD communications director