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Mariam Higgins joins Lincoln High School this year as its new Vice Principal. Prior to coming on board at Lincoln she enjoyed success in a wide range of roles. After completing her B.S. and internship at The Ohio State University School of Medicine, she went on to a satisfying 15-year career as a Medical Illustrator. Combining her equal loves of science and art she created artwork for medical textbooks, surgical journals, hospitals, museums and courtrooms. Taking on a gratifying new vocation, the next 15 years were spent in education. As a parent she was an active volunteer, coach, site council member and elected school board member. She then obtained her Masters from Lewis and Clark Grad School of Ed, and eventually her Administrative License from UO Grad School in Educational Leadership, Methodology, and Policy. Mariam’s resume includes: classroom teacher (PPS, NCSD, Catlin Gabel), Teacher Leader (K-12, Math), Inclusivity Coordinator, Instructional Coach (PPS, HSD), Teacher Mentor (L&C, UP), Equity Facilitator, and for the past ten summers, Adjunct Professor (Lewis and Clark Grad School of Ed). She is still an active citizen in her community and world, serving as a tutor, teacher, presenter, volunteer and advisor, locally, nationally and globally. Currently, she is honored to be a Trustee of Willamette University and a member of PNCA’s Board of Governors.
As an intersectional feminist, Ms Higgins centers racial equity. As a BIPOC leader, she works to remove barriers, while dismantling systemic racism. She is a fierce advocate for rigorous, culturally relevant teaching, social emotional learning, and trauma-informed and restorative justice practices. Growing resilient, capable, healthy graduates, and then getting out of their way as they design and lead their own futures is her goal. Passionate about curricular integration and people, Mariam finds joy and hope in students. When asked to describe her in a few words, her adult children, Max and Genevieve, responded, “energetic, creative, strong, and feisty!”. At any opportunity, Mariam will slip outdoors to hike, ski, kayak, and garden. She is thrilled to become a Cardinal, and to be working with such a dynamic team, students, and vibrant community - kindly stop and introduce yourself.