Meet Bjorn

IMG_1359Hello, my name is Bjorn Paige and I’m the principal of ACMA (Arts & Communication Magnet Academy) in Beaverton, Oregon.

I love learning and helping students learn. As an administrator, I draw on my dozen years of teaching English, art, and leadership in Oregon and California to help students connect with school, parents remain a part of their students’ educational lives, and teachers feel free to innovate, take chances, and make education relevant, creative, and fun.

A dad myself, I understand the importance of school in a family’s life. A parent once cornered me in my classroom after back to school night and said: “In Armenia we have a saying: we send the students’ bodies to school, but we keep the bones at home.” While a little creepy, this stuck with me; no one cares more about their kids than parents, and as educators we do well to honor this connection to family.

As we do, we are at our best when we provide opportunities for kids to thrive and find inspiration in what they are studying. It has long been my goal to be a catalyst for hope, and as a site administrator I see my mission as this:

I believe that I can make a difference. By working hard and treating others with respect, I believe that I can help create a place where students, teachers, parents, and others in the school community can succeed, and this success is no less than a better life.”

I keep this blog for mostly education related odds and ends, and tweet a window into my campus and edu-miscellany @BjornPaige

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14 thoughts on “Meet Bjorn

  1. Hello Bjorn! As an education major, I could not be more excited to read your posts and see your perspective on education as you experience it in your school! Thank you for sharing your experiences!

    • …and I’m excited to come to ACMA! I’m planning on a visit June 1st or 2nd (and then I’ll be there full time starting in July). Until then, thanks for visiting my little corner of the web!

  2. Hey, Bjorn! We went to North Salem High and Pacific U. together. I watched you back up Omar Gutierrez in football. At PU, I and a group of friends watched “Monty Python’s Life of Brian” in your dorm room. Glad to see how far you’ve come!

  3. Your performance was beautiful today
    We are so proud
    Best 15 minutes of our lives
    A new dynasty is officially Bjorn

    dooot dooot dooot

    • What an amazing place ACMA is! I’m looking forward to being part of such an artistic adventure! I loved talking with students, watching an awe inspiring dance performance last night, seeing the Bowie painting the seniors are working on, and soaking in the magic of this very special place. Thanks for the warm welcome!

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