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HSD celebrates School Board Appreciation Month

school board appreciation month

January is School Board Appreciation Month, and this year we’re helping our community get to know our school board and learn about the important work they do to help keep the district running year-round. In a regular school year, the board meets once per month and conducts a monthly work session. This school year, however, with its many twists, turns, and unique challenges, the board clocked more work hours than ever, often meeting three to four times per month, as well as for additional work sessions. Our board continues to show up and they show us time and again how much they care about this community and the success of our students. 

The HSD School Board is made up of five Hockinson community members, including two individuals who were welcomed earlier this year: Patrick Carter, Greg Gospe, Tim Hawkins, Dave Olson, and Gordon Smith. Each of them represents a specific area, or “district,” of HSD (which you can see outlined in this map) and possesses special talents and a strong commitment to education in our community. Read about each of our dedicated board members below, and be sure to thank them or say hello (from six feet away while wearing a mask, of course!) next time you see them around town. 

 

Tim Hawkins

Director for District 1; serving since 2020

tim hawkins

  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself. 

“I'm a proud 17-year resident of Hockinson, relocated from Wisconsin. I've graduated three children through HSD over that time. My wife is secretary to Principal Andy Schoonover at HHS. I'm a 30-year leadership and marketing executive, currently serving as Executive Director of Creative Arts at Summit View Church.”

  1. What drives your passion for education and for serving on the HSD Board?  

“We chose to live in Hockinson years ago, solely because of the reputation of the school district. It was the best in the county at that time. As a result, my entire family has been formed and transformed because of the teachers, leaders, and community that makes up the HSD. My passion for the board now is based on the opportunity to give back to my community the joy of what former boards and former leaders created for me and my family.”

  1. What contribution to HSD schools are you most proud of?

“As a very new member of the board, I don't have many immediate contributions or past memories. My current engagement in helping to reopen our schools is very challenging, but will be very rewarding when we see kids back in school, learning from our great teachers and staff. I'm looking forward to the day when we can reminisce about how we led through the greatest crisis of our time to keep HSD a great place to learn and live.”

  1. What about the Hockinson community inspires you?  

“I'm inspired by the history of our area and what culture and attitudes have made an impression. We were founded by Scandinavian immigrants who found a way to create a new, meaningful, and different home for their families. They struggled and persevered to create something of excellence that we now enjoy. I’m inspired to continue this heritage for generations to come.”

 

Patrick Carterpatrick carter

Director for District 2; serving since 2019

  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself. 

“I am the Washington Marketing Team Lead for Weyerhaeuser, a large timberland and wood products company. My wife, Ada, and I have two sons. Caleb is a sixth grader at HMS and Eli is a second grader at HHES. Ada is very involved in PWT, the Hockinson Citizens Advisory Committee, and the HHES Garden Club, and is an active member of the Hockinson Main Street Team.

As the Legislative Representative of the Board, I am committed to making sure the HSD’s voice is heard in Olympia and Washington DC. Existing and new legislation can have a very large impact on all aspects of school operations and student experience.  It is our responsibility to inform our legislators about the potential impacts of proposed legislation, while at the same time providing insight into creating or changing legislation that would benefit HSD.”

  1. What drives your passion for education and for serving on the HSD Board?  

“I am passionate about providing excellent public education that is accessible to all students. Access to education is important so all students can grow and learn in order to be productive contributors for themselves and their communities.” 

  1. What contribution to HSD schools are you most proud of?  

“I am proud of the amount of time and energy that all of our board members, administrators and teachers have contributed to help persist through these challenging times...My favorite part of this role is the opportunity to have new experiences and make new connections with people that I likely would not have otherwise been able to do.”   

  1. What about the Hockinson community inspires you?  

“I am consistently inspired by the resilience of our students. Our students are working hard to make the best of a difficult situation this year. That being said, I recognize that COVID-19 has impacted students in many different ways and that our Hockinson community is receptive to these needs and pitching in to help our students.”

 

dave olsonDave Olson

Director for District 3; serving since 2007

  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself. 

“I have been on the board since the fall of 2007...how time flies when you are having fun! When I started on the board, my three children were students in the district. The last graduated in 2016. I coached youth sports for seventeen years and have worked in forest management for 33 years. My wife, Linda, teaches at HMS.”

  1. What drives your passion for education and for serving on the HSD Board?  

“I serve on the Hockinson School Board to provide an equitable education for those with a softer voice.”

  1. What contribution to HSD schools are you most proud of?

“I am most proud of helping to ensure fiscal integrity while providing safe and efficient facilities for our students’ learning. Enhancements to the high school and the building of our new middle school stand out as particularly exciting projects during my time with the district.”

  1. What about the Hockinson community inspires you?  

“I'm often amazed and inspired by staff and volunteers of the school district who strive to provide quality education through constant change.”

 

Greg Gospegreg gospe

Board Vice Chair; Director for District 4; serving since 2003

  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.  

“My family and I moved to Hockinson in 1997, and I was first elected to the school board in November 2003. I have been actively involved in a range of roles in my career, most of which have been with life science firms focused on marketing, selling, and securing health plan coverage for treatments and diagnostics for a range of diseases. I have also worked for about seven years marketing/selling real estate in Washington and Oregon. My knowledge in real estate provides a valuable perspective to the district as we grow and will eventually need to acquire land for future schools. It also enables me to have a unique perspective on the local market and the interest in our school district.”

  1. What drives your passion for education and for serving on the HSD Board? 

“My passion for serving on the Hockinson School Board comes indirectly from genetics (as my maternal grandfather served the Spokane School District for nearly 30 years) as well as my desire to give back to the community. I enjoy sharing my time and experience helping to make sure that the school district is well-run, that resources are used wisely, and that all of our students have an outstanding educational experience.”

  1. What contribution to HSD schools are you most proud of? 

“I am very proud to have been a major team contributor to the final building and opening of Hockinson High School as well as the rebuilding of Hockinson Middle School. I believe that both of those campus upgrades have had a very positive impact on our community.”

  1. What about the Hockinson community inspires you? 

“Being actively involved with a small, student-focused district and in the educational process in Hockinson for 17 years. I have witnessed the successful growth and transition of our students through our schools into college and eventually the workplace. I have also been fortunate enough to have all four of my children graduate, the last of whom graduated in 2017.”

 

gordon smithGordon Smith

Board Chair; Director for District 5; serving since 2017

  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

“I have worked for the U.S. Department of the Interior for 12 years, and that’s why I relocated to Hockinson. My wife Anna and I have been married for 31 years and have three children, two of whom graduated from HHS (in 2012 and 2017). Our youngest son is an 8th grader at HSD. My wife, children, and I are all members of the Makah Indian Tribe.

I am also a member of the district’s Equity Team. I strongly believe that equity should be a part of every decision or program we create, which is really easy to say, but often difficult to implement. My own experience as a Native American means that I’m often the only person of color in a room or group. As a school board member, I feel I can educate others through my experiences. Like any other place, we all have a little bit to learn to make this a better place for everyone. We want all of our students to have a good experience and to be able to make things more equitable for all of our students and community members.”

  1. What drives your passion for education and for serving on the HSD Board?

“I’m a strong believer in public service and helping out where you can. I’ve served in other elected positions and prior to moving to Hockinson, I worked with Cape Flattery School District, so it’s something I’ve long had an interest in. I do like to bring my experience to support public education. I’m a firm supporter of public education and the good it does for our society. We all have different roles to play, and at this point in my life, I want to bring my experiences and talent to serving our schools and community.” 

  1. What contribution to HSD schools are you most proud of?

“I feel really proud to be serving with so many other individuals who are passionate about public education. We are a well-rounded team, with talented people that have a real love for not only education but for serving the community. I’m glad to be a member of a team that’s doing such good work.”

  1. What about the Hockinson community inspires you?

“I’m always so inspired that despite the small size and rural nature of our district, we have still accomplished so much. To think we can be as small as we are and still offer the programs and services we do is amazing. We’re different and we’re unique compared to other districts in the region. The amount of work the whole community puts in makes it a really special place.”





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