Science teacher and ALTV adviser at Armand Larive Middle School
When and why did you move to Hermiston?
I moved to Hermiston in 2004 to seek a new challenge after teaching four years in Monument. I felt Hermiston and the Hermiston School District were a good fit for me in my new career as an educator. Prior to teaching, I was a meteorologist in the National Weather Service for 15 years.
What is your favorite place to eat in Hermiston?
I enjoy Mexican food, and I’m a regular at Ixtapa.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
During the school year, most of my spare time is spent with our school’s video production program and livestreaming local events. During the summer, if I’m not attending the College World Series or a family reunion, I take a big road trip to places I’ve never seen before. This summer I visited eastern Canada and saw the Canadian Parliament and Niagara Falls.
What surprises you about Hermiston?
I’m amazed how much Hermiston has grown during my lifetime and how it continues to grow. I grew up in Pendleton, and to see how much the population patterns have shifted in Umatilla County during my lifetime is not something I would have predicted. Hermiston has made a name for itself, and the community has every reason to be proud of its accomplishments.
What was the last book you read?
Over the summer I read “Visible Learning for Teachers” by John Hattie
What website or app do you use most other than Facebook?
The app I seem to use most frequently is Google Maps. Close behind are my favorite news sites such as the BBC, OregonLive and our local newspapers.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
I haven’t decided yet on my next big road trip, but it would likely be a place I haven’t seen such as Washington, D.C. or the South.
What is the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you?
I play the trombone and was in the Pendleton High School Show Band growing up. I was one of four trombone players in the group. During a tune where I was the background music for somebody’s solo, the drain (spit) valve on my trombone broke off. I improvised and tore off a piece of the sheet music and stuffed it in the valve opening to get through the rest of the concert. It doesn’t seem like a big deal now, but when you’re 16, it’s a big deal.
What is one of your goals for the next 12 months?
I’m a science teacher, but my role is bigger than that. My goal is to lift my students up and help them build confidence so that they can succeed in whatever path they choose. They’ll know that the path will be difficult at times but that my classroom is a safe place to learn and that I will be cheering them on through thick and thin.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
I’m especially proud of what we’ve accomplished with our video production program known as ALTV. Our students have really stepped up and raised the bar to a level I hadn’t expected, ranging from livestreaming the 2017 solar eclipse in Warm Springs to placing in several national competitions. We’ve attended three Student Television Network national conventions, and each time I’m amazed at what these students can accomplish.