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Superintendent Ryan Noss

Superintendent Ryan Noss

Mr. Ryan Noss became superintendent of the Corvallis School District on July 1, 2016.

Currently working on his doctoral degree in educational leadership, Mr. Noss received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Education from Southern Oregon University.

Prior to his appointment as superintendent, he served as the district’s Director of Teaching and Learning during the 2015-16 school year. Mr. Noss began his career in education in 1999 as a Special Education teacher in the Tigard-Tualatin school district where he taught for two years. He then taught three more years for the Lebanon Community Schools before working as Special Programs Consultant. He served for one year before accepting the position of Principal at the K-8 Pioneer School working in that capacity for four years. In 2009, he accepted the position of Administrator of Program and Student Support. These duties included: overseeing curriculum, instruction, assessment and special education for the district. He was promoted to Assistant Superintendent in 2011 and served in that role for four years before coming to the Corvallis School District.

Mr. Noss enjoys exercise and the outdoors. He and his wife, Windy, have lived in Corvallis since 2002 and have two children attending school in the district. He can be found many weekends and evenings near a field or court watching his kids participate in youth sports.

He is currently a member of the confederation of Oregon School Administrators and an Oregon Association of Central Office Administrators Executive Committee Representative. He has given over 20 state and national presentations and has also taught courses at Lewis and Clark College and Portland State University.

The superintendent provides regular updates to the Corvallis School Board at their business meetings, available at the link below.

Melissa Harder

Assistant Superintendent Melissa Harder

Ms. Melissa Harder started as Assistant Superintendent on July 1, 2019.

Ms. Harder holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education, Social Studies from Arizona State University, and a Master of Education in Curriculum Development and Instruction from Oregon State University.

She has more than two decades of educational experience, beginning as a high school U.S. History teacher in Phoenix, Arizona. She relocated to Corvallis with her family in 1998 and has been employed by the District since then. She was a social studies teacher at Crescent Valley High School for nearly a decade, Assistant Principal at CV for six years, and the principal at Jefferson Elementary for an additional six years.