Western Oregon University alumnus a changemaker in education

MONMOUTH, Ore. – Western Oregon University is excited to highlight the successful journey of alumnus Juan Larios ‘01, ‘06, who currently serves as Superintendent for the Woodburn School District.

Larios, who received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in elementary education from Western, was motivated to attend college by his parents, who did not have the opportunity to attend middle school or high school. His personal experience exposed the limits his household faced, fueling his determination to become a change-maker for others. 

“Over the 23 years of my career, I’ve had the opportunity to be an elementary school principal and a high school principal. I am thrilled and honored to have been a part of this community and to continue to serve it,” shared Larios.

As Superintendent, Larios dedicates his time to fostering a supportive community for Woodburn School District students. He believes higher education has the power to transform lives, not only for individual students but also for their families. 

Larios spends significant one-on-one time with students, elevating their voices and sharing their stories. Western invites everyone to learn more about Larios’ inspiring journey and his invaluable experience at the university. His story exemplifies the transformative power of education and the impact one individual can have on an entire community. 

Learn more about Juan Larios’ journey and experience at Western.


About Western Oregon UniversityWestern Oregon University, established in Monmouth in 1856, proudly stands as Oregon’s oldest public university. Hosting around 4,000 students, Western embodies a mid-sized, NCAA Division II institution, with approximately 80% of its students hailing from within the state. Notably, its diverse student body comprises individuals from underrepresented backgrounds, veterans, and non-traditional learners. Western stands as the preferred campus in Oregon for those pursuing an enriching education within a nurturing, student-focused environment, characterized by faculty-led instruction.  Together we succeed.

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