Veteran administrator retires

Jann Tresham and her granddaughter Megan Crumlett digging for diamonds at the Crater of Diamonds State Park, Murfreesboro, Ark. in Dec. 2006.<BR><I>EO file photo

Long-time Hermiston School District administrator Jann Tresham has officially retired after 16 years with the district. The school board accepted her resignation Tuesday.

During her tenure in Hermiston, Tresham worked with the district's English Language Learners program, served as assistant principal at Hermiston High School and most recently as special education director in the district office.

"Jann served in a variety of assignments during her time in the Hermiston School District," Superintendent Fred Maiocco said in a released statement. "She was well-known for her commitment and passion on behalf of our students. We wish her well in this next phase of her life."

Tresham said she plans to venture into new activities in retirement, which might include traveling, writing, or spending more time with family.

"I'm looking forward to something different," she said in a statement. "Retirement is an opportunity to explore something different."

Tresham reflected on her more recent work as among the most memorable during her time in Hermiston. She established a monthly group for parents to gather and discuss the challenges of raising special needs children - an experience Tresham said was eye-opening at times.

"I've learned a lot in the past couple of years," she said. "I've gained a much greater understanding of the challenges they face as special needs parents. I've met some really lovely people."

The Umatilla-Morrow Education Service District's Special Education Administrative Services program will help the district fill its special education needs for the rest of this school year.

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