We invite you to schedule a tour by contacting our office at 503.581.2147. We conduct tours at your convenience, any time during the school year.
We also encourage families to schedule a meeting with the principal to learn more about our faith life and instructional programs.
Families are also welcome to schedule a student visit. Students may sit in a classroom for half of the day to experience St. Joseph School.
My name is Will Summer and I am honored to be joining your school community as principal. I am thrilled and humbled to have been offered this position in such a dynamic and diverse parish.
To share a little about myself... I grew up on the island of St. Thomas (U.S. Virgin Islands) where I attended both public and Catholic schools. During the summers of my pre-teen years, we visited family in upstate New York; from there I attended Camp Don Bosco in Newton, NJ, where I was introduced to St. John Bosco and the Salesian religious order who have since had a tremendous influence on my life.
Following high school, I attended Spring Hill College – a small Jesuit, liberal arts college in Mobile, Alabama – and graduated with a major in communication arts (radio/television concentration), and a minor in English. Subsequently, I worked at a television station in Mobile, and then in the film industry in southern California. In San Diego I began to substitute teach, which set me on the road to my current career. Shortly thereafter, I met my future wife, followed her back to Florida, and began working at St. Petersburg Catholic High School (in 2004) where I was reunited with the Salesians, who administer the school.
As an educator, I truly believe myself to be a Salesian of St. John Bosco. Father Bosco (or “Don” Bosco, as he is known throughout the world) developed an educational methodology focused on three things: Reason, Religion, and Loving Kindness. This philosophy is a holistic approach that meets young people where they are, and then accompanies them on their life journey: spiritually, educationally, psychosocially, and physically. Don Bosco applied his philosophy in oratories for the young people he was called to serve. To put it into catchy phrases… every Salesian entity is a Home that welcomes, a School that prepares for life, a Parish that evangelizes, and a Playground where friends meet. I have found no better description of a Catholic school than that.
This past year I was able to lean heavily on my faith, which allowed me to hear God’s invitation to Salem, Oregon, to join this amazing family. Here, I found learning expectations of faith, knowledge and virtue, that align quite well with my Salesian background. Additionally, St. Joseph School is clearly already a home, a school, a parish and a playground; promoting our family as such is simply a way of clarifying who we are.
I am so blessed to be joining a school with an incredibly rich history, full of tradition. I look forward to partnering with you all in our unified, pastoral role to help our student reach their highest potential (Don Bosco would want them to become “good Christians and honest citizens”).
As I begin my work this summer, please feel free to stop by the school to say hello. I am very eager to meet all of you, and to begin our collaboration. I know that through the intercessions of St. Joseph (the patriarch of the Holy Family on Earth), and Don Bosco, our efforts will help our students develop and thrive as we continue to grow as a family.
May God Bless You.
Mr. Will Summer, Principal