New Molalla Elementary School Principal
New Principal named to Lead Molalla Elementary School
Posted on 05/15/2020
Mike Sauers

New Principal named to Lead Molalla Elementary School


A collaborative, student-first leader with a passion for community will join the Molalla River School District’s talented team of school leaders.

Molalla, OR (May 2020) Mike Sauers was named as the new principal for Molalla Elementary School and will begin in his new role in July. Mike has been serving as an assistant elementary principal in the Centennial School District where he quickly established himself as a trustworthy, dedicated and authentic leader. “Mike has a strong collaborative approach and always strives to put the needs of his students first so that they are best prepared to receive the education they deserve,”  said Mann.  The selection committee was confident that Sauers would be a great fit for Molalla upon hearing his leadership vision for the role, “I have a goal to  create a school community where students feel safe, empowered and ready to highly engage in their culture and their future.”  Learn more about Mike click Herefor a video message or type the following URL in your browser:

 With a Bachelor degree from Grace College and a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Indiana University—Purdue University, Fort Wayne, Mike says, “I believe strongly in building systems for supporting students. We have the opportunity to teach and impact students who come from different backgrounds with differing needs and experiences to create an environment where all students feels valued and welcomed. Effective systems that intentionally use collaborative teaming, authentic communication and rigorous student-focused instruction will create an environment where all student needs are met and a growth mindset is fostered.” 

Mike is particularly excited about this role because of his passion for small community. He grew up in a small town in the Midwest and has been searching for just the right community and school district. “Molalla just feels like the perfect fit for my personality, experience and leadership style.”


Mike, his wife Danielle and three young daughters live in Tigard.  Mike enjoys spending time with his family and friends, cooking and spending time outdoors enjoying the beautiful Pacific Northwest weather.

Mike's Family


 The Molalla School Board affirmed Mann’s recommendations for Sauers’ appointment at their board meeting held on Thursday, May 14th.