New Member Feature | Sara LeRoy
We love welcoming new members, and had the pleasure and honor of bringing Sara LeRoy into our club this week. Here’s her introduction, as read by her sponsor and this year’s club President, Bruce Anderson:
Sara was born and raised in Salem, Oregon, graduating from South Salem High School. GO SAXONS!
She then earned her BA in English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. After a stint working in a law office there, returned to Salem to attend Oregon State University, where she earned her Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree. The week she finished her MAT, she got married to Jason LeRoy and moved with him to San Diego, where he was in the Coast Guard!
It was in San Diego that she began her teaching career in English and social studies for students in sixth to tenth grades at the Preuss School UCSD–a charter school with the mission to help underserved and underrepresented students whose parents did not go to college, get into and graduate from college.
Following three years in San Diego, they moved back to Salem where Jason began a teaching career. Sara continued her teaching career at North Salem High School where she taught English, led the English department as their coordinator, and worked as a literacy coach for the school.
After seven years at North, she obtained her administrative license from Willamette University and was hired at McKay High School as an assistant principal. While there, she was part of the turn-around work that has transformed that school. With three years under her belt as Assistant Principal, Sara was then hired as McKay’s principal. After serving in that capacity at McKay for four years, Sara was transferred to North this summer succeeding Cynthia Richardson as principal. She says she is thrilled to be back at North because of the wonderful students, staff, and families she will get to work with, as well as because of the amazing traditions that North has as Salem’s oldest high school.
In addition to her professional life, she loves partnering with her husband to parent their two girls (Lauren, 13 and Madeline, 11) who keep Sara and Jason busy with their activities. But on their vacation time, they all love to play at the beach, go camping, and cook.
Sara has been a member of East Salem Rotary since 2013. As an East Salem Rotarian, Sara helped with fundraising events and youth exchange – heads up, CHANE and FARA!
She is grateful for the friendships she built and the support East Salem provided for McKay students and the East Salem community. Sara is looking forward to building relationships with Downtown Rotarians and being part of the good work they do in the community.