Meet Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero
Guadalupe Guerrero has served as Superintendent of Portland Public Schools, the largest school district in Oregon, since October 2017.
Guerrero brings to Portland his experience as a leader in large urban school systems, having worked for 10 years in the Boston Public Schools and another decade with the San Francisco Unified School District.
In an extended interview with KGW, Superintendent Guerrero pledges to protect undocumented students.
Messages From The Superintendent
As Teacher and School Administrator Appreciation Week comes to a close here at Portland Public Schools, I want to share an additional personal note of gratitude to all our hard-working and dedicated professional educators and school leaders. While your commitment to our students is always evident, this past year with all of its challenges was truly unlike any other in our careers. The impact of this pandemic, economic crisis, and racial uprising, has required incredible flexibility, adaptation, and perseverance on your part.
The verdict handed down yesterday in Minneapolis brings a number of emotions that we and our students will need to process for some time. While I feel some sense of relief for the display of accountability for this case, I still yearn for true justice, when our systems and communities reflect our values that Black Lives Matter. We will witness true justice when brutality like that which was carried out against George Floyd is no longer a part of life in this country.
In 2014, President Barack Obama proclaimed March 31st as César Chávez Day. Today we celebrate and honor the life and work of César Chávez who is considered by many to be the Mexican American hero of civil rights for farm workers and the migrant community. His legacy has become even more relevant during this pandemic. The many ways in which we depend on farm workers has been evident over this last year. Without a doubt, they are the foundation of our society and that without them, and without their work, we would be lost.
Superintendent Guerrero on the Horrific Violence Against Our Asian and Pacific Islander Community Members3/19/2021
I am devastated over the senseless acts of violence and hate toward the Asian and Pacific Islander communities in Georgia, throughout the country and in our own community in Portland. As the Superintendent of the largest school system in Oregon, I strongly denounce this violence against our Asian and Pacific Islander community members. I am disheartened by the failure of recognition of our shared humanity. We hold the people and families impacted by these tragedies close to our hearts.