FRUITLAND — With just over a month of school under her belt, new Fruitland High School principal Marci Haro has gotten to know a lot about the students she works with and her many Fruitland coworkers.
But many in the valley have yet to get to know the newest administrator of Fruitland School District.
The Argus Observer is running Haro’s answers as submitted, with only slight changes made for clarity or grammar.
AO: Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where are you from? What got you into education?
Haro: I am originally from Coos Bay, Oregon. When I was 15 my mother married my stepfather who was a Master Chief in the Coast Guard, from that moment I became a military brat and we moved to different places in the United States. I received my BA at Rutgers University and Masters from Central Washington University and my Human Resources Certification from Concordia University. I am a lifelong learner and I am an avid reader and global explorer. I like to travel when I am not working and I have been involved in dog sports since I was 10: I have been mushing since I was 10 and competed professionally for several years, I now show my Samoyeds and compete in other working events.
I became an educator because I took a class my senior year in high school where I walked to a local elementary school and tutored first-graders. The “aha” moments on their faces and their excitement for learning new things steered my path into education. I have been an advocate for children since that experience. During my undergraduate work in college I took some time off and taught 4th grade in Kenya, Africa and traveled throughout Africa and Europe.
AO: What made you decide to apply for the job at Fruitland High School? Had you previously heard about Fruitland before the job opening?
Haro: My husband is from Ontario, and when we traveled to visit his family we would drive by the campus. I have stopped on the campus to explore and admire the pride that is displayed by the upkeep of the grounds; furthermore the discussions that I have had with my family and community members prior to applying for the position were so positive about Fruitland and the support from the community.
AO: Having been in your position for a month now, what has been one of the highlights of working at Fruitland?
Haro: There have been multiple highlights my first month with students! First of all, the students are wonderful, they are academic and have pride in their school. The community is extremely supportive and I am overwhelmed by the warm welcome I am receiving. My staff is amazing to work with, they are a group of professionals that care about kids! Lastly, my administrative team is the best I have had the pleasure to be a part of. My superintendent is extremely supportive to work with and I really enjoy attending events and functions with her and the rest of the admin team and staff.
AO: What are you most excited about coming into the 2019-2020 school year?
Haro: I am extremely proud and honored to be a part of the Fruitland community. I am looking forward to making Fruitland High School a strong academic and extra-curricular experience for all students.
AO: Coming from a small school like Crow, was the change to Fruitland High School a bit of a culture shock?
Haro: I have spent most of my career in the Highline School District where the buildings have over 800 to 1,800 hundred students. I enjoy working with a team at FHS and collaborating with the best educators in the business.
AO: The Treasure Valley is a lot different than Eugene. How have you adjusted to life in the high desert?
Haro: Being a military brat, I have lived in numerous places throughout the US. I enjoy exploring and learning different parts of our country. My favorite part of Fruitland are the sunrises and sunsets. I look forward to the beautiful sky every day!
AO: As a new administrator at Fruitland High School, do you have any ideas for changes you’d like to make at the high school? Do you have any plans for the school year?
Haro: Coming in to a new school, I like to observe and learn the culture and history of the school and community. It is important to understand the nuances prior to making changes at FHS. Once I learn about the school, then I can steer the ship with the help of a shared leadership process. It is important that we, as a staff work together to do what is best for all students.