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Umatilla School District

Umatilla School District’s Mission is building bridges to the future. Our purpose is to provide students with top quality public education so that they may become the successful, contributing citizens of the future. We are a Pre-k-12 grade School District with three schools: an elementary, middle and high school. We currently are serving approximately 1,385 students. We serve a diverse population with approximately 67% Hispanic students. This includes a high percentage of Migrants and English Language Learners / Emerging bi-lingual students. The Umatilla School District and our Child Nutrition team strive to feed every student a healthy, nutritious and desired meal, as well as offer as many meals to our students and families as possible. In the 2019-2020 school year, we served approximately 3,600 meals daily on buses to our family neighborhoods during the COVID epidemic at no cost to our students. In 2017-2018, we served well over 390,072 meals at no cost to students with community eligibility. We serve Breakfast After the Bell, lunch after recess, snack and dinner to after school students. We have a large summer feeding program with 5 open locations free to all children and a low cost meal is available for adults. At each of our summer feeding sites with collaboration with community volunteers and Child Nutrition staff, we offer activities to encourage family and community engagement. Some activities include hands-on planting, physical activities, tastings, learning picnics, safety, health and nutrition information as well as dental screenings.

FoodCorps mission & goals and resources align perfectly with our district goals and would allow us to expand these amazing opportunities and reach more students and families. Some of our recent projects our current and past service members have been part of: important stakeholders on our wellness committee, Oregon Healthy Schools Initiative, new menu item tastings, food waste audits, nutrition and gardening education in the classroom & school garden, and hands-on learning with nutrition and gardening events. A few of our upcoming goals include composting, farm-to-table field trips and much more. One of our bigger upcoming projects is transitioning to scratch cooking across the district. The skies are the limit! We want to grow this program to be sustainable and continue for years to come.

Being a FoodCorps Oregon member is being part of a joyful and close-knit cohort of 8, serving in 4 diverse communities across the state. We connect both virtually and in-person throughout the year, with regular opportunities for professional development, connection, and community. Our state team includes a FoodCorps Oregon alum, and an educational leader & former classroom teacher. We’re here to ensure you get the support you need as you create joyful experiences with food for kids at school! Oregon is full of incredible food systems organizations and food justice projects, and you’ll be encouraged to explore your post-FoodCorps career with one of our many community partners, as one of 1000+ members of the Oregon Farm to School and School Garden Network.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bilingual (English & Spanish) preferred
  • We have a very diverse group of students and a large number of Native Spanish speaking students. 5 separate Spanish dialects currently spoken by current students.
  • We have a small district and are very family friendly
  • Members should be a team player and yet be able to work independently and take charge of projects
  • Previous teaching experience is helpful
  • Creativity and problem solving skills are important in this role!

Umatilla School District’s Mission is building bridges to the future. Our purpose is to provide students with top quality public education so that they may become the successful, contributing citizens of the future. We are a Pre-k-12 grade School District with three schools: an elementary, middle and high school. We currently are serving approximately 1,385 students. We serve a diverse population with approximately 67% Hispanic students. This includes a high percentage of Migrants and English Language Learners / Emerging bi-lingual students. The Umatilla School District and our Child Nutrition team strive to feed every student a healthy, nutritious and desired meal, as well as offer as many meals to our students and families as possible. In the 2019-2020 school year, we served approximately 3,600 meals daily on buses to our family neighborhoods during the COVID epidemic at no cost to our students. In 2017-2018, we served well over 390,072 meals at no cost to students with community eligibility. We serve Breakfast After the Bell, lunch after recess, snack and dinner to after school students. We have a large summer feeding program with 5 open locations free to all children and a low cost meal is available for adults. At each of our summer feeding sites with collaboration with community volunteers and Child Nutrition staff, we offer activities to encourage family and community engagement. Some activities include hands-on planting, physical activities, tastings, learning picnics, safety, health and nutrition information as well as dental screenings.

FoodCorps mission & goals and resources align perfectly with our district goals and would allow us to expand these amazing opportunities and reach more students and families. Some of our recent projects our current and past service members have been part of: important stakeholders on our wellness committee, Oregon Healthy Schools Initiative, new menu item tastings, food waste audits, nutrition and gardening education in the classroom & school garden, and hands-on learning with nutrition and gardening events. A few of our upcoming goals include composting, farm-to-table field trips and much more. One of our bigger upcoming projects is transitioning to scratch cooking across the district. The skies are the limit! We want to grow this program to be sustainable and continue for years to come.

Being a FoodCorps Oregon member is being part of a joyful and close-knit cohort of 8, serving in 4 diverse communities across the state. We connect both virtually and in-person throughout the year, with regular opportunities for professional development, connection, and community. Our state team includes a FoodCorps Oregon alum, and an educational leader & former classroom teacher. We’re here to ensure you get the support you need as you create joyful experiences with food for kids at school! Oregon is full of incredible food systems organizations and food justice projects, and you’ll be encouraged to explore your post-FoodCorps career with one of our many community partners, as one of 1000+ members of the Oregon Farm to School and School Garden Network.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bilingual (English & Spanish) preferred
  • We have a very diverse group of students and a large number of Native Spanish speaking students. 5 separate Spanish dialects currently spoken by current students.
  • We have a small district and are very family friendly
  • Members should be a team player and yet be able to work independently and take charge of projects
  • Previous teaching experience is helpful
  • Creativity and problem solving skills are important in this role!