Roth named principal at Sisters Middle School
Last updated 5/4/2021 at Noon
The Sisters School District decided on an “in-house” hire in naming current assistant principal Tim Roth as the principal at Sisters Middle School.
Roth, a native of Bend, takes over from Alison Haney who stepped down from the position after three years.
Roth is no stranger to the community; he worked as the athletic/activities director at Sisters High School from 2012-2017, including one year as vice principal.
From 2017-2019 Roth and his family lived in Hohenfels, Germany, where he taught students of military families advanced science courses on a U.S. Armed Forces NATO training base.
He and his wife, Laura, who is also a teacher, and their two children, Hayden and Maya, returned to Sisters in 2019 when Roth was hired as an assistant principal for the middle and high school. He moved into the full-time position at Sisters Middle School for the 2020-21 school year.
Roth holds his undergraduate degree from Willamette University and a master’s degree in teaching from the University of Portland. His administrative license work came from Concordia University-Chicago and through the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators.
Roth has 13 years of classroom experience and seven as an administrator and is overjoyed to be the next principal at SMS.
“My vision for SMS is to focus on two primary pillars: culture and instructional strategies,” he said. “I want SMS to have the kind of culture in which students feel unconditionally loved and supported in a climate where everyone works hard, but have some fun along the way.”
He continued, “I also want to ensure our instructional team continues to use high-yield teaching strategies that work.”
Roth is well-acquainted with the staff at SMS and feels the school is on very solid footing to accomplish his goals and satisfy his vision.
“I would put our teaching team up against any team in the state,” he said.
“They are superb teachers and human beings. Such a great group of people.”
Roth believes his role is crucial to the well-being of the school community.
“We need to continually maintain our care for each other, for our students, our families, and the community,” he said. “I want to provide hope and support ways to make learning meaningful and enjoyable.”
His philosophy is summed up in his motto: “Outlaws Together.”
Roth believes that during the middle school years, learning must be relevant, and the experience of being in school needs to feel safe for kids in these first stages of adolescence.
“I want to have our school be a place where every student finds a group of people to which they feel they belong and where teachers and other adult mentors help ignite a spark in each student that inspires them to explore and dive into their passions for the rest of their formal and informal educational lives,” he said.