Michael Thomas

Hermiston High School assistant principal

How long have you lived in Hermiston?

I’m starting my sixth year.

What makes Hermiston so sweet?

I appreciate the people I work with. They are professionals.

Do you belong to any clubs?

I don’t right now. I’ve looked at some, and I probably will join one soon.

What’s your favorite restaurant?

Delish Bistro. They’re not open right now, and it’s driving me crazy.

What’s your favorite place to relax in the area?

I love getting out on the river. I have some kayaks.

What’s your favorite hobby?

I like to read. That’s probably my favorite thing to do. I also like backpacking. I love getting into mountain lakes. That’s a lot of fun. If I want to relax, a mountain lake is where I want to be.

What’s your favorite book?

That’s a tough one, because there are so many of them. I like Orson Scott Card. “Ender’s Game” is a great book. I’ve read a lot of Tom Clancy and Louis L’Amour. “The Walking Drum” by Louis L’Amour is a great book.

What’s the best thing about working around kids?

The opportunity to get them headed the right direction. This age, a lot of kids are making the decisions that will affect the rest of their lives. I try to influence them and make them productive members of society.

What is the best piece of advice you have given to one of your students?

There is a line. This line can be a lot of different things. It could be passing classes or failing classes. The closer you are to the line, the more likely you are to fall over the line. The further you stay away from the line, the easier to not fall over the line. An “A” or “B” is a long way from failing. A “D” is closer to failing, and a bad day could put you over the line. The trick in life is to stay away from the line.

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