Chris Fritsch



Photo: Chris FritschChristopher (Chris) J. Fritsch is the new superintendent for the Pendleton School District, effective July 1, 2017.

Fritsch has been the Assistant Superintendent at Longview School District (6,500 students) in Longview, Washington, for the last six years. He was also Executive Director of Leadership & Learning for three years and high school Principal for six years in Longview. Before becoming an administrator, Fritsch was a social studies teacher for 15 years. Fritsch has a Master of Arts in School Administration from Portland State University and a bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences and Legal Studies from Pacific Lutheran University.

“Every child who steps through our doors deserves no less than the opportunity and our best effort to learn the knowledge, skills, and develop the abilities that will allow them to follow their dreams and career pursuits,” Fritsch said. “The challenges we face as a public school system are many and growing,” he continued. “However, the good news is that caring and highly skilled staff receiving support and inspiration can and do make a difference in the lives of the children we serve. I am very excited about joining the Pendleton community and serving as the next Superintendent as we pursue this vital work of educating the next generation together.”

Superintendent's Messages can be viewed here.

Director of Business Services

Michelle Jones


Photo: Michelle JonesA native to Pendleton, Michelle Jones came to the PSD in 2001as a business assistant. She was promoted to Director of Business Services in July 2009. Prior to coming to the PSD, Ms. Jones was a payroll clerk/administrative assistant at Umatilla-Morrow Head Start. She also spent four years during college at the PSD, assisting with payroll and business services.

Ms. Jones is a graduate of Pendleton High School, and has a Bachelor of Arts in business administration from Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, as well as an Associate's degree in accounting from Blue Mountain Community College.

Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment

Matt Yoshioka


Photo: Matt YoshiokaMatt Yoshioka grew up in La Grande, Oregon. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Eastern Oregon University and his master’s degree from Portland State University. He also did post graduate work at Lewis and Clark College.

Mr. Yoshioka taught 6th Grade at Sunridge Middle School for seven years and also worked as the Outdoor School Coordinator at SMS for six years. He has been a coach in Pendleton schools, four years in high school soccer and in basketball at Sunridge. Mr. Yoshioka was the Assistant Principal at Sunridge Middle School for two years before becoming Principal for six years. In addition to working as the Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment Coordinator at the District Office, he is also the Principal at Lincoln Primary School.

Director of Special Programs

Julie Smith, Ed. D.



Photo: Julie SmithJulie Smith’s educational career spans 18 years. Ms. Smith worked as an instructional assistant in special education after obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance. This sparked a lifelong passion for serving students with disabilities in public education. After becoming a licensed special education teacher with a focus on behavioral intervention, Ms. Smith taught in the Beaverton and then Pendleton school districts for nine years.

She completed her Master’s of Science in Special Education at Portland State University in 2004 and obtained her National Board for Professional Teaching Certificate in 2007. Ms. Smith worked as a Teacher on Special Assignment, instructional coaching, before starting her career as Special Programs Director at the district office in 2012. Through her career, she has focused on partnering with general educators and administrators to develop an inclusive comprehensive support system for all students. She recently completed her Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership through Lewis & Clark College.