I really enjoyed the challenge that Long Creek posed, it was a long way from my home in Salem, but the community was so supportive and gracious that it made my time away from home fly by. Plus, I was able to build a schedule where I could teach classes again both at the elementary and secondary level.
The Long Creek School Board was a really nice group, and they were excited about the potential for their small district. I was looking for a chance to learn about administrative areas I had yet to experience. It turned out to be a good match.
I served the Long Creek Board as Superintendent/Principal of the K-12 school, Special Education Director, Federal Programs/Grants Director, Athletic Director and staff development coordinator.
I was tasked with helping the community define its vision and improve its academic programs in a very rural K-12 setting. Fortunately we had a good group of superintendents in our area that worked closely with the Grant ESD to find opportunities. That combined with a little creative grant writing really improved the high school offerings. When I left Long Creek we had a rejuvenated agriculture program, an on-site Spanish teacher (we shared with another nearby district) and advanced placement Calculus A/B.