Science teacher, Hermiston High School

When and why did you move to Hermiston?

I actually never moved to Hermiston formally. I started my teaching career at Umatilla School District and transitioned to Hermiston SD in 2015. I grew up in Washington in the small agricultural town of Bridgeport, which sits on the Columbia River and is home to Chief Joseph Dam. I was initially attracted by the geographic similarities, but have come to appreciate our area for its small town feel.

What is your favorite place to eat in Hermiston?

Hale’s Restaurant. We really enjoy their family atmosphere and abundance of fries.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I enjoy spending my spare time fishing or just doing something outdoors. Having the Columbia River fishery is an open invitation to fish whenever I find myself able to fish.

What surprises you about Hermiston?

Something that has pleasantly surprised me is the outpouring support of our community for people in time of need. Whether it’s financial, volunteering of time or attending events, people step up to help when possible.

What was the last book you read/are currently reading?

Currently I am reading “Grading Smarter, Not Harder: Assessment Strategies that Motivate Kids and Help them Learn” by Myron Dueck.

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

Lately I’ve been spending a lot of time browsing the AllTrails App. It’s great for looking up trails and their difficulty. I especially enjoy reading others’ reviews and looking at the photos posted of their trips.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

I would say Iceland; the picturesque scenery draws me in.

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

My first year teaching ever, I was walking down the hall the week before school starts. This was during the teacher in-service time and I was walking to my classroom. As I walked down the hall, a janitorial staff member stopped me and asked me who I was looking for, when I said no one in particular I was asked to leave the building and return when school started. I did clear things up and inform them that I was a staff member myself

What is one of your goals for the next 12 months?

I hope to start my masters program and spend more time with my family.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

I became a U.S citizen in January after more than 20 years of being in this country.

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