• Introduction

    The Hood River County School District offers a federally funded Title 1-C Migrant Education Program for families who move frequently to work in agriculture and fishing. The goal of the program is to help migrant students overcome problems that result from repeated moves and interrupted education.

    Academic assistance is provided to students through extended day and extended year opportunities. Additionally, all eligible migrant students receive 24-hour accident insurance and free nutrition services at school. 

    Our Mission

    To ensure equitable educational opportunities for every migrant student to amplify their highest academic, social, and personal success.

     

     

    Migrant Staff  

     

     

Phone: 541-3875714

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Mrs. Patricia Ortega-Cooper

I am Patricia Ortega-Cooper. I have the pleasure to coordinate the services we provide to our migrant families in the Hood River District.

I was born and raised in Chile where I worked as a Special Education teacher for 8 years prior to immigrating to the US. In 1994 I moved to Eugene, Oregon where I worked as an instructional assistant at Whiteaker Elementary school and parent advocate at Womenspace, a domestic violence shelter. In 1999 I moved to Hood River to become the Spanish teacher at Hood River Middle School. Before becoming the Migrant Education Director, I served as the Hood River Middle School and Wy'east Middle School Vice Principal. 
I received my BS in Spanish and my M. Ed In Special Education from the University of Oregon, and my Educational Administration from Portland State University.
I love spending time outdoors with my family and friends.

Thank you for everything you do for your children. I am honored to work with you and look forward to our ongoing collaboration.

 

Phone: (541) 354-5103

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Erica Magana

Hi! My name is Erica Magana and I am the data specialist for the Migrant Education Program. I have worked in this position since September 2006. I really enjoy working with our migrant students and their families.

My family is from Jalisco and I attended school in Mexico until the 3rd grade. I moved to Hood River with my parents and siblings in 1986. I attended Westside Elementary, Hood River Middle School and graduated from Hood River Valley High School. I have 4 children: Jasmin, Julian, Samantha and Brisa. They all have attended and graudated from our school district. I love to travel to new places with my husband Juan and our children! I enjoy reading and working on house projects on my free time! 

 

Phone: 5413545104

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Maria Lopez

Maria Lopez is the program recruiter for the Migrant Education Program. She has been with the district for 17 years, and loves to work with our families and students. She has four children who were born and raised here in Hood River. Maria loves to spend time with her family and friends, traveling, and trying new food.  

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Maestra Brenda

Welcome to School Readiness, My Name is Brenda Rodriguez. 2021 is my first year as the School Readiness Specialist for the Migrant Education Program. I am so excited to be part of this great team. I have a background is in Early Childhood Education.

I was born in Zacatecas Mexico. I was brought to the United States at the age of one. I grew up and attended Pine Grove Elementary school, Wy'east Middle School, and Hood River Valley High School. My parents worked in agriculture for fourty years. I grew up being a migrant child and working in the apple fields. I am married to my Husband Fernando and have two children Noely and Fernando. I love to spend time with my family and traveling to our home towns in Jalisco and Zacatecas Mexico. 

Phone: 541-354-5105

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B. A. in Art & Design Minor in Educational Psychology

Miss America Flores- Peralta

Welcome, my name is America Flores- Peralta and I am the Elementary Graduation Specialist. I was born and raised in Hood River and my parents are from Jalisco, Mexico. I have a twin sister, Crystal, and a younger brother, Juan. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, playing tennis, and discovering new places to eat & visit in Oregon. I attended Mid-Valley, Wy'east, and graduated from HRVHS in 2017. I then moved to Monmouth, Oregon to attend Western Oregon University (WOU) and graduated on June 12, 2021. In the past I have served students alongside programs like AVID, Outdoor School, Migrant Ed. Summer School, WOU's Multicultural Student Services and Programs, WOU's Upward Bound TRIO Program, WOU's Psychology Department, and WOU's Student Health and Counceling Center. I am excited to have joined the Hood River Migrant Education Program and continue serving students. 

 

 

Phone: 541-354-5105

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AAS in Forestry BS in Human Development

Mr. Jaime Rivera

Jaime Rivera Bio:

Jaime Rivera serves as the Graduation Coach and Family Engagement Specialist for the Hood River Migrant Education Program. He is also the Hood River Valley High School Boys Soccer Coach and Wy'east Middle School Athletic Director. Coach Rivera was born and raised in Hood River and graduated from Hood River Valley High School. His parents are from Michoacan, Mexico and he has 3 brothers and two sisters. Coach Rivera is married to wife Christina Rivera, who teaches at Westside Elementary School, and he has two sons, Kieran Joaquin and Tristan Mateo. His passions include spending time with family, going out to eat, watching sports and being outdoors (fishing, mountain biking, hiking, etc.) 

How Coach Rivera can help students: 

Student support services, Aguilas Unidas Club, After School Math and LA Club, Postsecondary education planning, High School graduation planning and more

How Coach Rivera can help parents: 

Parent workshops to learn about the latest strategies for supporting students, Informational nights so parents hear about important topics that affect Migrant and seasonal farmworker families, Leadership opportunuties through the local Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) and the State PAC, Liaison to the school for any school related matter and more