• The goal of the SHS career pathways option is to expose students to career-related curriculum in a variety of vocations. Students who complete the requirements of the pathway will have experience in both classroom and career activities. College-bound students also have the opportunity to earn credits while attending upper level classes in nearly 20 different courses at a fraction of the cost they would normally be. For more information on what courses are available for college credit or to read more about career pathways, see the exerpt from the SHS curriculum guide below. 


Phone: 503-769-2336 Ext. 5221


Degrees and Certifications:

BS, History/Social Science, Western Oregon University, 2000 MAT, Willamette University, 2001 Administrative License, Willamette University, 2011

Alan Kirby

NSSD Pathways/CTE Coordinator

Options Academy Principal


About Alan:

I began my teaching career in Madras, OR in 2001 after obtaining degrees from Western Oregon University and Willamette University.  While in Madras I taught Social Studies, coached football, and was an advisor for several classes and clubs.  I moved to Stayton and has been in the North Santiam School District since 2005.  From 2005-2013, I taught American Government, AP US History, Sociology, 60s and Vietnam, and more while also coaching football and some track.  I also led multiple student trips to the East Coast, including Washington DC, New York, and more.  I obtained my administrative license from Willamette University in 2012, and became Asst. Principal in 2013.  I was named the SHS Principal and served in that role from 2014-2019, and have been in my current role since 2019.

I am available to discuss and help with many topics, including the following:

-Financial Aid (FAFSA, Oregon Promise)


-College Choices and decision-making

-Career exploration activities

-Preparing for apprenticeships

-SHS pathway courses

Look for my regular newsletters for information on career and college exploration information, videos, and timelines for students.