Incoming Hood River County Schools Superintendent Will Start in July
After an extensive national search process for the next superintendent of schools, the Hood River County School Board selected longtime Oregonian Dr. Sara Hahn-Huston to take the helm starting July 1. Hahn-Huston has a proven track record of supporting student success in culturally and linguistically diverse communities across the Pacific Northwest, most recently as executive director of secondary education at Gresham-Barlow School District. The Hood River County School Board finalized her contract at their board meeting on May 22.
“In my time visiting with schools and communities in Hood River County, already I’ve been impressed by the commitment to serve all students,” says Hahn-Huston. “I look forward to continuing the proud tradition of setting high expectations for all, maintaining a focus on equity, and valuing the hard work of district staff, so students are prepared for success in and out of the classroom.”
Hahn-Huston has served as a public school educator for 27 years with ten years of classroom teaching experience and thirteen years as a school principal. For seven of those years as an administrator, she served as a principal of dual-language immersion or emerging bilingual Spanish schools. From 2007 to 2010 she worked as a principal at an elementary school in Everett, Washington that was going through restructuring as a result of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) sanctions and worked closely with staff to improve instructional outcomes for the linguistically and academically diverse students. In her time in Washington and Oregon, she boosted academic achievement by developing a shared, student-focused vision among her schools’ educators, emphasizing teacher collaboration, building partnerships with community-based organizations and developing parent leaders.
Dr. Hahn-Huston is a proud product of the Oregon university system and completed her doctoral dissertation in the area of second language acquisition. In addition to her professional and academic experience, she enjoys gardening, watching the Dallas Cowboys, cycling, spending time with her husband and three sons, and has a black belt in Taekwondo.