Superintendent of Schools Dr. Fred Maiocco revealed Hermiston High School Principal Tom Spoo as the 2016-17 Administrator of the Year at the board of education meeting last night.

The administrator of the year is someone who supports the growth of others, is dedicated to the cause and goes above and beyond without being asked. Tom Spoo exemplifies these attributes.

Tom SpooTom’s dedication and commitment was obvious when he began to build his team at Hermiston High School. Individuals purposely applied for jobs at HHS to join his team. In moving to the high school, he fully embraced the challenge of Vision 2025 and quickly communicated ‘students’ success and learning’ as the number one priority.

In his second year, Tom tailored his leadership team to support each aspect of Vision 2025, building bridges within the community and strengthening teaching and learning not only at HHS but other schools within the district. He believes strongly in collaboration and ‘putting people in the right place.’ Seeing the CTE programs thrive is evidence of his foresight.

Tom is a people person, which is evident when one tries to go anywhere with him. One needs to plan extra time; so, he can talk to everyone he knows along the way! His personal approach, dedication to excellence, and foresight are what has supported his success. A team player who values the contributions of those around him, Tom shows great care for his staff and students, which is both sincere and respected. His personality and sense of humor allow him to make lasting impressions with all those around him

As a supervisor, administrative peer, or mentor, Tom’s drive continues to push his colleagues. He regularly checks in with fellow administrators to see how things are going or if they need anything. He offers support and advice, whether it is wanted or not. Because of this approach, he is someone to which his colleagues can turn and ask for advice, knowing they will get honest and to the point feedback.

As a fellow principal said, “What is an administrator of the year? I believe it is someone who encourages others to be successful and supports the necessary tools for growth in students and staff. Tom is just that, and I am lucky and proud to have been able to work with such a great person and leader.”

Tom Spoo has worked for the Hermiston School District for 23 years. For 13 years he was an Ag Teacher at HHS, where he moved to assistant principal for the next four years. Then, he served as Armand Larive Middle School principal for four years, and for the last two years he has served as HHS principal.