Principal, Armand Larive Middle School
When and why did you move to Hermiston?
We lived in Goldendale, Washington. My dad was in a supervisor position [at a saw mill] at that time and they moved him to Port of Umatilla, where they put in a chip facility. I was here for all four years of high school. I played sports and graduated in 1994. I went off to college, Columbia Basin College and St. Martin’s, and played volleyball and basketball. When you graduate in December, there’s not a whole lot of people looking for teachers. I went home, did some long-term subbing, and then the next thing I know, I had a sixth grade teaching position at Sandstone Middle School for the following year.
What is your favorite place to eat in Hermiston?
My family rotates. We love Thai, so we go to Lawan’s. We love Chinese, so we’ll do Chin’s, mostly because of the history. We taught their children. And then, Delish Bistro of course. We love both sushi places in town, and Ixtapa.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Spending time with friends and family.
What surprises you about Hermiston?
Growth. When I reflect back to when I thought ‘Why do I have to move to Hermiston?’ as a freshman in high school to now thinking I’d never want to leave, when I see the growth, it just floors me.
What was the last book you read?
“Stronger Together” by Terri L. Martin and Cameron L. Rains. It’s about collaborative leadership.
What website or app do you use most other than Facebook?
Snapchat. In previous years, I’d do a video clip or a picture to let staff know about donuts in the break room with those funny filters.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
Greece and Italy, because of being a sixth grade teacher, and teaching about ancient civilizations. I want to see the Colosseum, and go to the island of Crete.
What is the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you?
Last year, during a fundraiser for the Kindness Club, we had mini-rewards for students if they hit a certain about of money raised. I let them do my hair and makeup. I had all this makeup stuff they could use, and I was absolutely hideous. All the kids were like “You look horrible!” It was one of the funniest things to happen to me recently.
What is one of your goals for the next 12 months?
I have teacher and student goals. My goal for my students is growth, building skills and character and social emotional growth. For my teachers, it’s their strategies and the support I can provide them. I know they’re big goals, but that’s my opportunity to get to be a piece of the pie.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
My children. My son and my daughter. If you would have asked me years ago though, it would probably be when I got teacher of the year at Sandstone Middle School.