Hermiston Superintendent of Schools Dr. Fred Maiocco announced Hermiston High School Principal Tom Spoo as the 2016-17 Administrator of the Year at the board of education meeting on Monday night.
The Administrator of the Year is someone who supports the growth of others, is dedicated to the cause and goes above and beyond without being asked. Maiocco said Spoo exemplifies these attributes.
Maiocco said Spoo fully embraced the challenge of Vision 2025 and quickly communicated ‘students’ success and learning’ as the number one priority.
In his second year, Spoo tailored his leadership team to support each aspect of Vision 2025, building bridges within the community and strengthening teaching and learning not only at HHS but other schools within the district.
According to the superintendent, as a supervisor, administrative peer, or mentor, Spoo’s drive continues to push his colleagues. He regularly checks in with fellow administrators to see how things are going or if they need anything. He offers support and advice, whether it is wanted or not. Because of this approach, he is someone to which his colleagues can turn and ask for advice, knowing they will get honest and to the point feedback, said Maiocco.
Spoo has worked for the Hermiston School District for 23 years. For 13 years he was an ag teacher at HHS, where he moved to assistant principal for the next four years. Then, he served as Armand Larive Middle School principal for four years, and for the last two years he has served as HHS principal.