Superintendent, Hermiston School District
When and why did you move to Hermiston?
I moved to Hermiston originally on August 16, 1995 for my first teaching job (Intermediate Title I teacher at Sunset Elementary). I moved to Pendleton in 2008 for work and moved back to Hermiston and the district in 2016.
What is your favorite place to eat in Hermiston?
I am a big fan of any food I don’t have to cook, and I am not a picky eater, so you could probably catch me out for any meal. A few of my favorites are Veg Out, Walker’s Farm Kitchen, The Gathering Place at Bellinger’s, Lawan’s Thai Garden, Delish Bistro, and I love a Midway burger.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Who has spare time? For the last three and a half years I have juggled my time to complete my doctorate. I have two girls in high school, so you can usually find me at school events. I am a sports fan, and whenever possible, I am cheering on my DAWGS! When I have a few minutes, I like to spend them spoiling my dog, Kash.
What surprises you about Hermiston?
It doesn’t surprise me anymore, but I was surprised at how welcoming this community was when I returned in 2016. I immediately felt like I was back home.
What was the last book you read?
”Leaders Eat Last” by Simon Sinek
What website or app do you use most other than Facebook?
Probably the Weather App on my phone, especially in the winter.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
This is a tough one. I don’t really have a “bucket list” of places I would like to visit. I think it is more about the journey than the destination and more about who you are with than where you are.
What is the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you?
Probably anyone who knows me could tell a story about something funny that has happened to me. Something that would be funny to see, that I can’t seem to get away from is a split-door at the district office. The top is usually open and the bottom is closed. More than once when both parts have been closed I have opened the bottom and walked straight into the top.
What is one of your goals for the next 12 months?
My goal for the next 12 months is to continue moving the Hermiston School District forward. As our community grows and changes, so does the district. I have a quote in my office that says, “Great communities have great schools,” and I think Hermiston is great.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
Being mom to my girls, Kennidy and Kambree.