Alumni Notes: Paul Coakley
Author: PSU Alumni Association
Posted: March 25, 2014

Coakley joins Centennial School District

The Centennial School District has announced the hiring of Paul E. Coakley, Ed.D. as the district’s assistant superintendent and director of human resources.

He will replace Rich Shultz, who retires June 30.

“We are excited that Dr. Coakley will be joining our team,” Superintendent Sam Breyer said in a news release. “Paul has worked in both large and small districts and is a proven leader in working with school staff on research-based instructional strategies to improve teaching and learning. He is a collaborative leader who builds strong relationships with staff, students and community and is a great addition to Centennial.”

Currently the assistant superintendent and elementary school principal in the Rainer School District, Coakley began his career in 2000 as an elementary teacher at Dr. Martin Luther King Elementary School in Portland, where he also worked as a literacy coach.

He served as the student services coordinator at Dr. Howard Elementary School in Champaign, Ill., and the student management specialist/administrator at Beach School in Portland. He joined the Rainier School District in 2008.

Coakley attended elementary and high school in Gresham, and is a graduate of Portland State University, where he received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees.

He is the board chairman for the Lewis & Clark Graduate School’s Educational Consortium. His first day in the Centennial School District will be July 1.