Jeff Kelso

Technology Manager Hermiston School District

When and why did you move to Hermiston?

After living my whole life on the wet side of the state, I moved to Hermiston in May of 2017 to become the technology manager at the Hermiston School District.

What is your favorite place to eat in Hermiston?

The miso soup and sashimi at Shiki Hibachi Sushi is very tasty! In fact, I like pretty much everything at that restaurant.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I like to go fishing with my wife and I also like to get out and hike as often as I can. The scenery around the Columbia River is incredible!

What surprises you about Hermiston?

I was surprised by how incredibly warm and welcoming everyone here has been. After living in the suburbs of Portland my whole life (where people often don’t know their neighbors’ first names and freeway driving is considered by many to be a competitive sport) coming to a place where strangers frequently smile and wave to each other as they drive by in their cars has been a refreshing change of pace. I love how open and friendly the people in Hermiston are.

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

I recently re-read 1984 by George Orwell. I enjoy a good dystopian story from time to time, and 1984 is one of the best.

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

YouTube, by far. Any topic you’re interested in learning about is probably covered in one or more YouTube videos.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

I’d like to see the whole planet, but Israel is at the top of the list. I’d love to see the land where Jesus lived.

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

My wife had never caught a fish before I came to Hermiston. Since then, we’ve gone fishing together on every weekend that weather and our schedules have allowed and she’s outfished me every single time. Now, I’m afraid to introduce her to any of my other hobbies.

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

In addition to the perennial “attempt physical fitness” and “lose ten pounds,” I’m determined to read through the entire Bible this year.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

Raising my three children with my wife of 23 years is the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done, by far.

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