SuperintendentDave Novotney, Ph.D.
Dave Novotney became Superintendent of the Willamette ESD on July 1, 2012. Dave has worked for the agency since July 1, 2004 and has served as the Acting Superintendent, Deputy Superintendent and Director of Human Resources. Prior to joining the Willamette ESD, Dave served as the Superintendent of the Dallas School District.
Dave received his Ph.D. in Education from Oregon State University; a M.S. in Education and History from Western Oregon University; a M.Ed. in Secondary School Administration from The College of Idaho; and a B.A. in Physical Education and Social Studies from Willamette University.
Dave began his career as a high school teacher and coach. He worked as an assistant principal, high school principal and school superintendent before coming to the Willamette ESD.
Deputy SuperintendentMichael Beck
Michael Beck joined the Willamette ESD team in 2015 as the Executive Director of Human Resources, and he was named as Deputy Superintendent in August of 2021.Michael received an M.S. in Education from Portland State University and a B.S. in Business Management from Oregon State University. He completed the Oregon Initial and Continuing Administrative license programs at Portland State University.He began his career in education in 2001 as a high school business education teacher and a technical education teacher. Prior administrative experience includes serving as the Dallas High School assistant principal from 2006-11 and the Crescent Valley High School assistant principal and College Hill High School principal from 2011-14.
Executive AssistantExecutive AssistantTishri Tucker joined the Executive Administration of the Willamette ESD in 2001 as the Executive Assistant to the Superintendent and to the Board of Directors. She began her career with Willamette ESD in 1992, having served in various capacities in several departments, including Special Education, Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education and the agency Central Office.Tishri is actively involved in providing key coordination and communication between Willamette ESD and its partner school districts.
Executive AssistantExecutive AssistantMichael Jackson began his career with Willamette ESD in 2014, starting as a Receptionist. From there he moved to a Senior Clerical Specialist position with our Special Education department. For the last five years, he's been the Administrative Assistant for the Human Resources Department.Michael will provide executive-level administrative support that facilitates the effective operation of the office of the Deputy Superintendent, Leadership Team, and district programs.