3 Finalists Selected for Rocky Heights' Top Job


[quote style=”2″]2 of the Finalists are Hermiston School District Educators[/quote]

The Hermiston School District has narrowed its candidates for the principal job at Rocky Heights Elementary School down to three.

The public will get a chance to meet the three candidates on Wednesday, March 12 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the school library. The three finalists are Dr. Michelle Jensen, Jerad Farley and Stacie Roberts.

The new principal will replace current principal BJ Wilson, who will serve as director of special education next school year.

The event will last an hour and a half, and attendees are asked to remain for the entire duration, in order to meet all the candidates and provide feedback to the selection committee through anonymous comment cards.

Farley has worked for the Othello School District since 2007, when he was hired as a sixth-grade teacher. Farley has served as a teacher/grade chair and most recently as a district instructional coach, while completing an admin internship. He has a background in English language arts and mathematics programs as an instructional coach and a base knowledge of bilingual, migrant and Title I programs; program development, including budgeting, planning, and implementation; as well as student discipline, as an admin intern.

Jensen has nine years of experience working in education, all for Hermiston School District. She was hired in 2006 as a school counselor, and looking for a growth opportunity in district leadership, she moved into the role of coordinator of online learning and academic support in 2014, overseeing the Hermiston ONLINE! and Talented and Gifted programs. Jensen’s leadership experience within HSD includes school leadership team participation and state testing coordinator, lead counselor, and 504 and TAG coordinator.

Roberts was hired by the Hermiston School District in 1999 as a sixth grade teacher at Sandstone Middle School. While there, she was a mentor teacher and sixth grade team leader. Roberts earned the distinction of Educator of the Year in 2005. After 11 years of teaching, she accepted the dean of students and athletic director position for Armand Larive Middle School and was promoted to ALMS assistant principal in 2013, serving the same duties and assisting with staff leadership.