Autumn Boekenoogen

Autumn Boekenoogen

With new leadership, new college and career opportunities and a new middle school on campus, it’s a new season for Cascade Christian High School, says Autumn Boekenoogen.

Boekenoogen has been with Grace Cascade Christian Schools for 10 years — first as the early education coordinator for Grace Christian School, then as assistant principal of the high school — and, in June, was appointed to replace Phil Long as principal of the high school.

“My vision is a Christian school where staff and students feel Christ’s presence, and an institution with a robust, academic program where students learn to be successful leaders and adults,” she said.

Boekenoogen attended Ashland High School, earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in teaching from Southern Oregon University and, while teaching kindergarten and first grade for the Deer Valley Unified School District in Arizona, completed a master’s degree in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University.

“I always knew I wanted to be a principal,” she said, adding that her mom, stepdad and husband are teachers.

Boekenoogen said she knows the culture of the school and learned a lot working as assistant principal to Long for the last two years.

Starting this fall, the school has new teachers in English and Bible, as well as a new college and career counselor, Boekenoogen’s stepfather, Jeff Olson, a former football coach, teacher and adviser for North Medford High School. Boekenoogen has plans to enhance the high school’s Advanced Placement and dual credit program and is looking at a new model for Bible classes that would include inviting outside pastors of different denominations to teach.

“Beside this being my absolute dream to be an administrator in this school, I believe … what we have is a wonderful school with an amazing staff and gifted students,” Boekenoogen said.

“I do believe this is a new season for our school, and I believe that we are academically competitive, that we train up Christian leaders, and that we are a unique, school environment,” she said.

Matt Hamilton, an Applegate Christian Fellowship pastor and former assistant principal of Chehalem Valley Academy, has assumed Boekenoogen’s former position as assistant principal.

Boekenoogen’s husband, Dave, is a health and physical education teacher for the Prospect School District, and their three children — Dallas, 7, Winter, 4, and Jett, 3 — attend Grace Christian School. The family attends Living Waters Foursquare Church.

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