Karl Coghill has taken on the new title of superintendent/principal at Long Creek School this school year.
From 2015-2017 he taught history, health and PE and was the middle school head teacher.
Over the last two years, Coghill completed his master’s in education administration through Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho.
Before working at Long Creek School, he was employed at the Caldwell School District, teaching special education, and before that he worked for the Idaho Department of Corrections.
“I’m a rookie,” he said, but added the staff’s support has been “phenomenal.”
“We do a lot of collaboration to ensure that we’re doing things for the best interest of the school and the students,” Coghill said. “The bottom line is the students. Without the students, we have no school.”
Long Creek School has 35 students this year, down from 40 last school year.
Included on the school roster this year are six foreign exchange students from Germany, Mexico, Thailand, China, France and South Korea.
Coghill said he enjoys living in Long Creek and knowing the students and their parents.
“The small student body allows me to get to know each student,” he said. “I know their strengths and weaknesses, so I know how to address those.”
He hopes in the future to develop a cooperative learning situation with the North Fork John Day Watershed Council and with the Native American council in Pendleton “to create a holistic learning environment, studying the lives of early Americans and how they used the land and how that environment has changed and how that has impacted food sources.”
His goal for the students is to teach self-reliance “when they leave here, to give them the ability to learn and teach themselves because we won’t be as accessible to the students once they graduate, so I want them to have that independent skill,” he said.