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Employees of the Year Celebrated

Silver Falls School District congratulates our seven employees of the year for 2018-19. Check out a brief profile of each below!

Classified Employees

Heidi Hibbs

Heidi Hibbs with students of Mark Twain Elementary School

Kindergarten thru Fifth Grade: Heidi Hibbs (Mark Twain)

How long have you worked for the district?
Twenty years.

Did you attend any Silver Falls Schools?
No. I went to school in Southern and Central California, Chicago, and Washington.

What is the best part of your job?
When the light goes on for a student in Math or Reading. Also hugs.

What is one interesting thing some people don’t know about you?
I’m pretty much an open book, but I am an only child!


Sarah Wiesner

Sarah Wiesner of Silverton Middle School

Sixth thru Eighth Grade: Sarah Wiesner (Silverton Middle School)

How long have you worked for the district?
This is my 12th year.

Did you attend any Silver Falls Schools?
I did not.

What is the best part of your job?
The best parts of my job are the children who I get to interact with on a daily basis.

What is one interesting thing some people don’t know about you?
I have coached hundreds of students over the years, having coached basketball, volleyball and track since the age of 19. When I am not coaching or chasing my own very active children, I like to be outside — preferably hiking.


Lori Fitch

Silverton High School employee Lori Fitch

High School: Lori Fitch (Silverton High School)

How long have you worked for the district?
I just got my 10 year pin, but I also subbed for 2 years before that.

Did you attend any Silver Falls Schools?
No.

What is the best part of your job?
Interacting with the students. I love seeing the changes from Freshman to Senior year.

What is one interesting thing some people don’t know about you?
I dream of being a snow bird and going south for the winter :).

Licensed Employees

Lori Baker

Lori Baker in her office at Silverton High School

Kindergarten thru Second Grade: Lori Baker (district wide)

How long have you worked for the district?
I began working in the Silver Falls school district when I was employed by Willamette ESD in 2007.  I served the entire district as an autism specialist.  Then when Silver Falls decided to hire their own autism specialist I immediately applied and have been a district employee since 2012.  I have been working in the field of special education for 32 years now.

Did you attend any Silver Falls Schools?
I grew up in Wyoming, so, no I did not attend any schools in this area.

What is the best part of your job?
The absolute best part of my job is working with my students.  I have the privilege of working with all ages K-21 years old.  I believe that I learn something new from my students every week.  A new way to look at things, a new perspective on an issue, how to enjoy even the simplest activities, etc.  They have helped me be a better person and I am blessed to be a small part of each of their lives.

What is one interesting thing some people don’t know about you?
People close to me know that I love to do embroidery, especially cross stitch.  I make jewelry and home décor items with buttons.  One surprising thing about me is that I love to read horror novels – especially before bed!  Give me a scary ghost story over a romance novel any day!  I love the creepy and scary (not just gory).


Kyle Henderson

Kyle Henderson leading a lesson in his classroom at Robert Frost Elementary

Third thru Fifth Grade: Kyle Henderson (Robert Frost)

How long have you worked for the district?
This is my 8th year teaching at Silver Falls School District.

Did you attend any Silver Falls Schools?
I attended Robert Frost in 5th and 6th grade, Mark Twain in 7th and 8th grade, and Silverton High School. Along my journey through the Silver Falls School District I had many amazing teachers that made a lasting impact in my life. To name a few Sherrie Bean, Rebecca Ortega, Lanny Ball, Doug Zade, Cliff Mosher, Tom Steers, Jim Brueckner, Erik Cross, Don VonWeller, Jeff Sigado, Terry Manning, and Steve Roth.

What is the best part of your job?
The best part of my job is helping students grow their confidence in school. I love seeing students change their attitude about school from a boring, hard, and “I always get in trouble” place; to a fun, safe, successful, place where students feel known.

What is one interesting thing some people don’t know about you?
If I’m not teaching, you’ll probably find me around my family or friends in the outdoors.  I love backpacking, hiking, camping, fishing, and traveling.


Megan Lierman

Megan Lierman teaching Algebra at Victor Point School

Sixth thru Eighth Grade: Megan Lierman (Victor Point)

How long have you worked for the district?
13 years.

Did you attend any Silver Falls Schools?
I went to Central Howell and Silverton High School

What is the best part of your job?
The students — I love watching them learn and enjoy learning new things from them as well.

What is one interesting thing some people don’t know about you?
I really enjoy genealogy and have recently helped a distant relative (who was adopted) find her birth family.


Kirsten Barnes

Kirsten Barnes discussing schedules with students at Silverton High School

High School: Kirsten Barnes (Silverton High School)

How long have you worked for the district?
20 years.

Did you attend any Silver Falls Schools?
Yes. I went to Victor Point from 1st thru 8th grade and SHS for 9th thru 12th grade.

What is the best part of your job?
I love helping students find their next steps and giving them opportunities to explore something new.

What is one interesting thing some people don’t know about you?
I just spent the last year fixing a 1925 bungalow that hadn’t been lived in for five years; it was a fixer upper.

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