Chet Edwards

Chet Edwards taught in traditional and nontraditional schools for 10 years, His career then took him to the central office of the Portland Public Schools, where he served for nearly 20 years as the in charge of education options. During his tenure, Chet increased the number of students in district alternative schools from 150 to more than 3,000 per year, and the number of alternative programs from five to 35. For four years following retirement from PPS in 2005, Chet was the principal of a regional alternative high school. Chet’s areas of interest include educational leadership and the design and evaluation of new and innovative schools that contribute to a reduction in the number of high school dropouts. Chet holds a master’s degree in public and a specialist’s degree in advanced educational leadership from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

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