School Counselor, Stanfield Secondary School
When and why did you move to Hermiston?
I moved to Hermiston in August of 2009, to take the job as the school counselor at Stanfield Secondary School.
What is your favorite place to eat in Hermiston?
Both sushi restaurants, Ixtapa, and Taste of Thai.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Outdoor activities (hiking, snowshoeing, kayaking, etc.), reading, writing, traveling, and spending time with my husband and two dogs.
What surprises you about Hermiston?
When I first moved here, I was pleasantly surprised and excited to see how friendly and welcoming everyone is, and to find that there are several people who are “transplants” to Hermiston like me. I didn’t expect it to quickly become my favorite place I’ve ever lived! The people make Hermiston a wonderful place to call home.
What was the last book you read?
“Inside the O’Briens” by Lisa Genova.
What app or website do you use most besides Facebook or Google?
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
There are so many places, but Italy is at the top of my list as far as international travel.
What is the funniest thing that’s happened to you?
I have a knack for little embarrassing moments that become funny stories later. One recently: one morning last year, my old Hyundai wouldn’t start and it was parked at the top of our steep driveway. My husband and I needed to push it down the street to be able to jump it. Unfortunately, our plans failed and the car ended up going down the hill faster than we thought, and we were unable to keep up with it. I ended up chasing after it in high heels to no avail, and it backed right into the bumper of my neighbor’s car and tore my driver’s door off its hinges. It was not funny at the time, but is now a laughable story. I wish we had video footage!
What is one of your goals for the next 12 months?
To write a little bit every day and finish a book I am working on.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
Completing a Master’s in School Counseling and being hired right away as the school counselor here at Stanfield, which led me here to Hermiston and to meeting my wonderful husband and so many wonderful people.