Corvallis School District Acting Superintendent Pete Joseph has strong ties to the Corvallis community, feels he has come home, and has a clear vision for the future of the school.
A few months ago Superintendent Jon Konen unexpectedly resigned and the CSD School Board hired Corvallis Middle School Vice Principal Pete Joseph to replace him.
The two worked closely together for the benefit of the school. Konen was hired to be the principal of Columbia Falls High School this fall.
Joseph said his family heritage is in the Bitterroot Valley, he was born here and attended schools in Corvallis.
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“On my mom’s side of the family — the Zitos and on my dad’s side — Joseph’s Pizza was here for a while,” Joseph said. “I attended Corvallis School and then went to Missoula with my dad starting in fifth grade. I graduated from Big Sky High School in 1991.”
After high school, Joseph attended the University of Montana and earned degrees in political science, history, and education. He received his master’s degree from UM and completed his doctoral work, except for writing his thesis.
“I have my superintendent’s approval, everything that’s been done at the U,” Joseph said. “Come on Gray! »
His first teaching job was in South Tacoma, Washington at Spanaway Lake High School in 1997. There he received training in alternative learning centers and at-risk youth.
He moved back to Montana, got married, and served as assistant director of core business at St. Joseph Elementary and Loyola Sacred Heart for two years. He then served as principal of St. Joseph’s Elementary School for a year. After that, he served as head football coach at Sentinel High School where he ran the Alternative Learning Center program for seven years.
He then moved to Fresno, California and served as a head coach at McLane High School.
“I was trained as a teacher more, actually I was the repair coordinator,” Joseph said. “I handled a lot of the discipline and behavior issues. I stayed there for four years and carried on the tradition of working with at-risk youth and community development.
Upon his return to Montana, he was rehired at Sentinel High School to teach government and history.
“I realized I wanted to do more and that’s where Corvallis opened a door, I came home last year,” Joseph said. “I took on the role of assistant principal at Corvallis Middle School. Then the position of superintendent opened up.
Joseph said what brought him back to the Corvallis schools was the sense of belonging.
“The concept of community, working together and being able to impact the community and the kids was a huge draw for me,” he said. “Being from here and understanding Corvallis is a plus. I love being here, I love the area, the people and the hard work that the community represents.
He said he looks forward to people coming together to achieve great things.
“It’s a blessing that I’m now in this role to help the community that has helped lift me up, grow me as a person,” Joseph said. “In all my travels, I have used what Corvallis taught me about hard work and helping each other. It has propelled me through a lot of different places and environments. It has always been a success. »
Joseph said he was ready to contribute.
“I have all these experiences and training that I have completed over the years that I will use to help Corvallis be an even better place than it already is,” he said.
He was the head football coach from 2005 to 2016, then served as an assistant coach at Sentinel High School.
“For me, coaching is a joy and a hobby that I love to do – it’s just another way to impact kids,” Joseph said.
He called the move to superintendent an “unexpected opportunity.”
“I never imagined it would happen here,” he said. “I was super excited to be in college, to love this staff, to work with Mr. Borden and to help with the football team. When the doors opened, I walked through them. I think this opportunity happens for a reason.
He will use his training and experience in communication and community development.
“Hopefully I can apply what I’ve learned, bring a lot of experience and help our community grow,” Joseph said. “Corvallis doesn’t need fixing. Our problems are not problems that cannot be solved. In fact, Corvallis means working together.
He said unity would get the school through tough times.
“I have complete faith in our staff and our incredible community,” said Joseph. “My job is to get everyone moving in the same direction. As an educational manager, I see this as an opportunity, there are so many good people. I just help people see the vision and pull in the same direction. It’s more about everyone than me.