Kelly Simpson, High School Success Coordinator, Hawthorne High School
Simpson is returning home, having graduated from PHS in 1999. After graduation, Simpson attended the University of Montana and Western Oregon University, earning his Bachelor’s Degree in 2003. He attained his Master’s in Teaching from Eastern Oregon University in 2005.
Simpson then spent two years in Hawaii teaching high school science at Kapa High on Kauai. However, the mainland called him and his wife back home. He taught high school in Bend, where for the past two years, he implemented a blended model of digital and traditional learning on a daily basis. Simpson has also been an instructional coach and curriculum leader.
“I have been most impressed with others' willingness to help and the way the Pendleton School District staff cares so deeply about the students here," Simpson said.