The pandemic has brought many changes to The Madeleine School in Northeast Portland, beyond just distance learning.

Starting at the top, the school’s new interim principal is Carol Glasgow. She has worked as a Catholic school educator in the Portland area for 18 years, most recently at The Madeleine in the sixth grade. She came to The Madeleine having served grades K-eight in a teaching capacity and as an assistant principal.

The new school year also brings Heather Matteri to The Madeleine as its new kindergarten teacher. Matteri, a native Oregonian, has been a member of The Madeleine community for 11 years, both as a parent in the school and as a parishioner.

In the third grade classroom, the new teacher is Chris Hicks. He is well-known by some Madeleine students as a substitute teacher. He has worked in long-term substitute positions both in the Archdiocese of Portland and in local public school districts.

Also joining The Madeleine this year is Mike Vaughn as the new fourth grade teacher. Along with fourth grade teaching experience, he has served as the athletic director for Christ the King School and as a baseball coach for La Salle Prep, both in Milwaukie.

In the sixth grade, The Madeleine School welcomes Christopher Schoning. He grew up attending All Saints School and Central Catholic High School. He also has years of teaching and educational experience in Arizona, Vietnam, Myanmar and, most recently, as the dean of students for Parkrose Middle School.

“The Madeleine School is ready to greet students with our newly designed, robust comprehensive Catholic distance learning plan,” said Glasgow. She said all teachers spent in-service week preparing for the first week of school, when teachers and students will spend time building community.

“We are excited to have our community together again, even at a distance,” Glasgow said.