Michelle Kane

Title I assistant for the Hermiston School District

When and why did you move to Hermiston?

My family moved to Hermiston in 1997 because my husband got a job with The Hermiston Herald, and we wanted to be close to our extended family.

Where is your favorite place to eat in Hermiston?

My go-to places are Papa Murphy’s and Safeway deli’s Chinese takeout. I like to grab something and take it home. I also like to hop across the street to Rio Express Mexican Grill for lunch when I get the chance.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I love to read, go for walks with my son, and go on crazy day trips around the Northwest with my daughter.

What surprises you about Hermiston?

I would say our town’s resiliency surprises — or impresses — me the most. We’ve weathered through some tough times: the loss of jobs due to plant closures, the depot closing and the like. I have some friends who have experienced hardships, as well. It’s nice to be in a community where the people are so supportive of one another. We seem to come back even stronger.

What was the last book you read?

“Communication Between Cultures” by Samovar, Potter, McDaniel and Roy. It was for a class that I was taking. I am currently reading “A Better Man” by Louise Penny.

What website or app do you use most other than Facebook?

I use Hulu and Netflix to watch TV shows and movies. I also enjoy the Welcome to Night Vale and Mo Rocca’s Mobituaries podcasts.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

Anywhere! I dream of traveling to see both historic sites, and unusual and mystical places around the world.

What is the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you?

What comes first to my mind was when I tried to operate a scissor lift two years ago for the first time while decorating for the Me and My Prince Ball at EOTEC. I had a hard time grasping how to steer it and I tended to brake too hard. My friend, Lyndsey, was on the platform with me, holding on for dear life. We laughed hysterically … and so did everyone who was watching us.

What is one of your goals for the next 18 months?

I want to scrape together enough money to visit my parents, brother and sister in Mississippi. I miss not having them here anymore.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

I just finished earning my bachelor’s degree. This is definitely one of my proudest moments.

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