Associate principal Holden retires after 16 years

Anna Sherman, Staff Writer

Kimberly Holden has been one of the associate principals at Tualatin High School for the past six years, previously working as a special education teacher, alternative education teacher and instructional coach at TuHS and in the Portland area. After 16 years, Holden is retiring from teaching. The Wolf checked in with Holden as she wrapped up her final school year at TuHS.

Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?

“I’m a native Oregonian. I graduated from Sunset High School and went on to attend the University of Oregon for my degree in education. My first teaching job was in Portland Public Schools as a special education teacher, remaining there for 12 years, transferring a few years to the Lake Oswego School District before landing in TTSD. I am the mother and stepmother to five children but have many other former students who call me ‘Mom,’ as well.”

What are some of your hobbies?

“I enjoy spending time in my garden, reading, art projects, hunting for agates on the beach and attending Duck games.”

What has been your favorite part of working at TuHS?

“I have enjoyed all of my roles while working here. The thing that makes them special is the people you’re surrounded by on a daily basis. I have gotten to know some incredible human beings. In addition, the students have continued to teach me new things and helped me to stay young at heart.”

What are your plans for after retirement?

“I plan to take a year off, no alarm clock, no rushing around, just enjoying my hobbies and time with my family. After that, who knows?! I may take classes, start a new career, and you just might see me volunteering around here.”

What legacy do you hope to leave behind?

“Each day before work I’d say to myself, ‘Make a positive impact on someone’s life today.’ I hope I will be remembered for having done so.”

Any last message for the students and staff at Tualatin?

“This is your school, your community; take care of it and be kind to one another.”

Your presence and work has not gone unnoticed. We look forward to seeing what the next chapter of your life looks like. Thank you, Ms. Holden!