Valley Catholic photo
Joe Manning works to get announcements ready for the day with fifth grader Sofia Deatherage.
Valley Catholic photo
Joe Manning works to get announcements ready for the day with fifth grader Sofia Deatherage.
BEAVERTON — Valley Catholic School has hired Joe Manning as principal at the elementary school on campus. In July, Manning was named as the interim principal of the K-5 school and has served in that capacity until the Valley Catholic School board of directors and President Bob Weber made his appointment to the full-time status official this week.

“We are so pleased to have Joe join our administrative team,” said Weber.

Valley Catholic is a PreK-12 school system with grade level divisions for 9-12, 6-8, K-5 and preschool students.

“His passion for Catholic education and his care for our students is known to all who have the privilege of working with him,” said Weber.

Manning is a 2005 graduate of Gonzaga University and credits his mission-minded approach to the relationships he built there and to his education, especially his master's of education degree through the University of Notre Dame through a program called the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE).

In addition to summer coursework on campus and a series of online classes, ACE is a two-year immersion program that trains students in a service-through-teaching model. The student is not granted any preferences for where to work; ACE assigns the future educators to teach in schools known as under-resourced and in need of support.

“I taught at St. Malachy, a PreK-8 school in south central Los Angeles,” said Manning. “After experiencing the circumstances there and witnessing the strong desire of the students to have stable teachers who will stay with them, I knew I would have a lifelong interest in Catholic schools.”

After the program ended, Manning returned to his hometown of Ridgefield, Wash. to be near his father who remained in poor health for several years. Seeking work close to home, he took a position at Valley Catholic Middle School in 2007 as an English teacher and immediately started looking for ways to build community in that capacity.

“I got involved with coaching the CYO track team, assisted with the high school cross country program and served as an announcer for the home basketball games.”

Manning talks about his interest in leadership from a young age and his knack for wanting to take on tasks that others find difficult or aren’t willing to do. He was content with his teaching career at Valley Catholic when the elementary principal job became vacant at the end of the 2010-11 school year.

“It wasn’t a gut reaction to inquire about the job. I listened to myself, and to others around me, and tried to discern if I was being called to help with this need.”

Manning said he is grateful to serve in this role, but most especially to be able to do it in the context of a faith community. “We have so many opportunities to build community among our faculty, staff, students and parents. Our faith unites us.”

Valley Catholic School
4440 SW 148th Ave.
Beaverton, OR 97007
(503) 906-1144
[email protected]
Grades: PreK-12
Enrollment: 960
Tuition: High School: $10,900, Middle School: $8,610, Elementary School: $6,325, Early Learning School: Check website for rates.
Applications Due: Check
Open House: Jan. 22 for PreK-8; Every fall for 9-12