• Press Release


    July 2, 2020

    Hood River County School District names Adrienne Acosta as principal at Cascade Locks School

    HOOD RIVER, Oregon — The Hood River County School District has named Adrienne Acosta as principal at Cascade Locks School starting July 9, 2020, pending board approval. She replaces outgoing principal Amy Moreland, who resigned to move closer to family.

    Acosta earned her bachelor’s degree in childhood studies from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire, and her master’s in curriculum and instruction from Portland State University. She has been a teacher for the HRCSD since 2007 when she started at Cascade Locks School as a special education teacher and reading specialist for grades K-12. (Cascade Locks School is now K-5.) She also supervised and provided all English Language Development (ELD) instruction for second language learners.

    From 2010 until February of this year, she was a special education teacher at May Street Elementary School. For the last two years, she also worked as special education TOSA (teacher on special assignment), providing support for schools and teachers throughout the district with their work in special education. In March, Acosta became director of the HRCSD migrant summer school program.

    Acosta is excited to return to Cascade Locks School as principal, calling it “a dream job.” “The Cascade Locks community is so unique,” she said. “It has that town pride. When there are events at the school, the whole town comes out. I just love that community involvement.”

    Rich Polkinghorn, superintendent, said Acosta is a “perfect match” for the position. “Adrienne has a unique background and skills that’s a great fit for the school and the community in Cascade Locks,” he said. “This is her first principal role. It’s a big step but she’s uniquely qualified for it. We couldn’t have found a better fit for Cascade Locks Elementary School and the Cascade Locks community.”