Human Resources

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Hermiston School District employs over 600 licensed, classified, administrative, confidential, and substitute staff.


It is the mission of the human resources department to provide all employees with the assistance and support necessary to ensure the best possible learning experiences for students.


To ensure a “premier” educational experience for students, the Hermiston School District promotes equity and tolerance by embracing the ideals of providing optimum service and support relating to personnel administration and human resource management with care and respect for the dignity of others.


The department’s shared belief is that the service and support provided enhances the success of the entire school system.  As such, Hermiston aims to attract and retain the best possible employees, offering extremely competitive salary and benefit allowances, state-of-the-art learning environments, comprehensive support programs for new employees, and outstanding professional growth and learning opportunities.


Hermiston School District 8R is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable state and federal statutes and regulations in employment and school district programs. For more information, please see the District’s Equal Employment Opportunity policy.
Hermiston School District honors the contributions and sacrifices made by veterans and their families. In doing so, the district is proud to award veterans’ preference to qualified applicants and employees as part of the selection process, in compliance with state and federal law. Further information on the District’s Veterans’ Preference eligibility and guidelines can be found here.

Substitute Employees

Just like our permanent teaching and classified support staff, substitutes play a critical role in the education of our students.  Hermiston School District is always looking for highly-skilled substitutes to help us achieve this mission. Questions? Please feel free to contact us by email or phone at 541.667.6031

Resources and Links


License Renewal Information for Substitute Teachers

 Employees who substitute utilizing a “Regular Teaching License” (e.g. standard, initial, basic)
Employees who substitute utilizing a “Substitute Teaching License”
  • Professional Development Units (PDUs) are no longer required.
  • For more information, click here


  • Policy Training can be completed on SafeSchools (Username is Employee ID number)

The Hermiston School District Membership Pin was created as a tribute to the outstanding faculty and staff of the Hermiston School District. Upon completion of his/her first school year, the new employee is formally inducted into the Hermiston family and presented with the membership pin.


The design of the Hermiston School District membership pin captures the essence of the School District: a professional work force dedicated to serving children with excellence in all endeavors. The watermelon commemorates the agricultural basis of our community and the commitment to hard work expected of our members. The star represents our continuing aspirations to help our students reach their fullest potential. And the large “H” represents not only Hermiston, but our influence throughout the entire State of Oregon and beyond.


Our new members will be awarded the basic pin, signifying their full acceptance in our School District. Upon successful completion of five years of satisfactory service, employees are awarded a new pin with one highly polished silver rhinestone superimposed upon the “H” in recognition of their service. For each successive five year increment another rhinestone is added. Upon qualifying, our most experienced staff members will be awarded a membership pin with six rhinestones, signifying 30 years of service to the children of this great community.


We are extremely proud of our faculty and staff. We hope you will wear your membership pin with pride and celebrate the incredible work ethic and service offered by our colleagues!





Jake Bacon headshot
Jake Bacon
Assistant Superintendent
Ext: 10105
Donna Thomas headshot
Donna Thomas
Human Resources Manager
Ext: 10022
Adrian Rodarte headshot
Adrian Rodarte
Human Resources Specialist
Ext: 10074
Sara Sargent headshot
Sara Sargent
Benefits Specialist
Ext: 10003
Jhoanna Mendoza headshot
Jhoanna Mendoza
Human Resources Assistant
Ext: 10002
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Stephanie Thongdy
Operations Secretary
Ext: 10005